Visitors to the Art Gallery of Ballarat will notice a new look as they walk through the doors after a repaint of the gallery foyer and main staircase and a rehang of art on the prominent front wall.
The eye-catching overhaul celebrates the theme of colour with a new colour on the walls and bright artworks taking over from the more traditional gallery paintings that were there previously.
Gallery director Louise Tegart said the gallery had used the recent COVID-19 closure to undertake much-needed work on the building, including refreshing the foyer and stairs.
"In normal circumstances it is very difficult for us the work on these areas without disrupting gallery visitors, so the closure of the gallery provided us with a perfect opportunity to look at these areas and to really make a big impression on visitors when they first come in through the doors," Ms Tegart said.
"We have decided to embrace the theme of colour to put in place a display of stunning colourful works which will really hit gallery visitors in the face when they come in the doors.
"Most of these are very large, very impressive works and make a really impressive display and will make a fantastic first impression of the gallery."
Local manufacturer Haymes Paints were approached to help refresh the walls with a colour that would help highlight the bright hues of the artworks chosen.
IN OTHER NEWS
Along with the new-look foyer, the Gallery will reopen the Oddie Gallery on Saturday which has also undergone works.
The Art Gallery of Ballarat is open daily and entry is free, but bookings are essential for 90 minute visits at 10am, 1pm or 3pm.
Have you signed up to The Courier's variety of news emails? You can register below and make sure you are up to date with everything that's happening in Ballarat.