Imagine a dedicated public art space on our own wild island. Imagine our past island artists and their art being honoured with a permanent, protected home. Imagine world class exhibitions and artists visiting, inspiring and sharing with island artists, and the community.
Our group of islanders is working to turn these imaginings into reality, and bring many advantages to the island.
The Art Museum of Kangaroo Island Establishment Association is planning to build and open the Art Museum of Kangaroo Island.
The art museum will be a new building that is a work of art in itself located to take advantage of a spectacular island vista.
I commend the initiative of the Association in undertaking this exciting project, which will offer significant exposure for Kangaroo Island artists, provide more opportunities for the local community to view touring exhibitions and enhance tourism and the cultural life of the island.
Jay Weatherill, former Premier, Minister for the Arts, South Australia
It will accommodate temporary and travelling exhibitions, art workshops, and artists in residence, and build a permanent collection of art from and of Kangaroo Island. It will honour First Peoples: A Roadmap for enhancing Indigenous Engagement in Museums and Galleries. The surrounding outdoor area will locate art installations in a garden of Kangaroo Island native plants.
The building design will complement the landscape of the island and be based on sustainability principles to minimise resource use in both the structure and the art museum’s daily running.
It will also house the necessary areas for staff, support services and storage, and ensure access is appropriately enabled.