Gippsland Grammar announces multi-million dollar Visual Arts & Technology Centre

Oct 6, 2020 | Community News

Gippsland Grammar has further cemented its place as one of Victoria’s leading independent schools with the announcement of a new multi-million dollar Visual Arts & Technology Centre at the School’s Garnsey Campus in Sale.

Designed by McIldowie Partners, the 1700sq-m Visual Arts & Technology Centre will feature seven purpose-built classrooms to accommodate specific Visual Arts and Technology subjects taught at Gippsland Grammar’s senior campus including Art (2D and 3D studios) Design (Visual Communication Design) Media (including film and editing suites) Applied Computing, Wood Technology and Materials Technology (Robotics and Renewable Technology).

Gippsland Grammar Principal Mrs Leisa Harper and Gippsland Grammar Head of Visual Arts & Technology Ms Nadine Lineham at the site of the new development at the School’s Garnsey Campus.

Stage One of the project has been made possible due to a $2 million grant through the Australian Government’s Capital Grants Program, which was established to provide funding to Catholic and independent schools to improve infrastructure through capital expenditure.

Gippsland Grammar Principal Mrs Leisa Harper said she was thrilled about the new state-of-the-art Centre, which will benefit both the School and wider Gippsland communities.

“As well as creating local jobs during the construction phase, the our new Centre will enhance the School’s programs through an innovative and collaborative approach,” Mrs Harper said. “I am very excited to see the project develop and I know the students will benefit greatly from this new learning space.”

The Visual Arts & Technology Centre will follow the curve of the existing Garnsey Campus oval and will provide undercover tiered seating for spectators to watch games being played on the oval. A highlight of the light-filled design is also a central communal foyer and courtyard, which can be easily transformed to host exhibitions for both the Gippsland Grammar and wider Gippsland communities. There are also plenty of break-out collaborative study areas and workspaces for both students and staff.

An artist’s impression of Gippsland Grammar’s new Visual Arts & Technology Centre, which is due to open in 2022.

Gippsland Grammar’s Head of Visual Arts and Technology Ms Nadine Lineham said an advantage of the Centre is that it will bring together a number of teaching and learning disciplines into a single central space.

“Unlike our current facilities where subjects and classrooms are spread across the campus, this centre facilitates a central Art, Design and Technology Hub,” Ms Lineham said. “The layout will enhance the workflow resulting in studios and workshops that reflect the way our modern curriculum has evolved as technology has progressed. 

“Such a facility creates a learning environment that enhances our student’s ability to combine critical thinking with creative action. We know that technical and visual skills are essential for a sophisticated work force and within a wide range of professions.  Those who are multi-skilled in the art and science of the Visual Arts and Technology curriculum are infinitely more useful with problem solving skills, they are well-rounded, hireable and have the ability to reflect and critique oneself in our image-saturated world.”

The Visual Arts & Technology Centre will complement other recent capital developments across Gippsland Grammar’s three campuses including Caitlyn’s Garden at the Bairnsdale Campus Early Learning Centre (2019), the $1.9 million Kukun Kalak building for Years 3 and 4 students at St Anne’s Campus (2019) and the $2.5 million state-of-the-art Laurie Payne Sports Centre at Garnsey Campus (2015).

Over the coming months Gippsland Grammar will seek additional grant and philanthropic support to allow the School to complete the Centre to the highest standard.

Construction will begin in the coming months and the building works are expected to be completed for the start of the 2022 school year.

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