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Western Plains Cultural Centre Gallery & Museum

30/06/2020 (9:00am - 4:00pm)

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Western Plains Cultural Centre
76 Wingewarra Street Dubbo NSW 2830
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The heart of culture in the central west, the Western Plains Cultural Centre includes a Gallery, Museum and Community Art Centre. Presenting cutting edge exhibitions and programs, the Western Plains Cultural Centre aims, to challenge, connect and reflect our community and share the culture of Western NSW with our visitors.

The Dubbo Museum formed by the Royal Historical Society (a volunteer group) in 1953. Following the termination of the property lease at Macquarie Street and water damage to the property during a storm, the Museum collection was transferred to Council ownership and placed in storage.

Dubbo Regional Gallery was established in 1989 (by Council) and was located in Darling Street, alongside the Council Civic Administration Building. In April 2003, as a result of a fire in the Civic Administration Building, Dubbo Regional Gallery suffered fire and smoke damage and was moved, along with the Gallery staff and the permanent collection, to the former High School site. The Dubbo Regional Gallery did however maintain a temporary exhibition space at the Dubbo Branch, Macquarie Regional Library throughout this time. The Civic Administration Building was redeveloped and in May 2005, Council staff returned to the Darling Street site.

Dubbo Regional Gallery features 706m² of exhibition space incorporating four galleries and a space devoted to the moving image. The main space is devoted to large touring and in-house curated exhibitions, a Project Space for smaller touring exhibitions and solo shows, the Regional Art Space devoted to regional artists and a permanent Children’s Gallery. In 2007 the Gallery was the beneficiary of a generous gift from the Armati Family including Michael Riley's celebrated Cloud series of photographs. In perpetuity the Gallery will hitherto be known as Dubbo Regional Gallery - The Armati Bequest.

The museum collection originated in 1954 in Andy Graham’s backyard shed in Wingewarra Street. It quickly outgrew the premises and the council approved the use of the Drill Hall in Darling Street in 1956 as a museum. From here it outgrew itself once again and in 1964 it was relocated to Macquarie Street at the former Bank of NSW building (1876-1918).The Museum was set up as a pioneer Museum and in 1972 a “Village Square” was created. In 2001 following a major storm the museum suffered flood damage and had to be closed.

The collection was stored at the airport where many of the large objects remain today. Around the same time as the flood, Dubbo City Council bought the Dubbo High School site from the Department of Education for the express purpose it be developed into a cultural facility. Today the museum collection lives in the school hall of what use to be Dubbo High School.Dubbo Regional Museum features two distinct spaces – a permanent space devoted to the story of Dubbo entitled People Places Possessions: Dubbo Stories and a temporary exhibition space for travelling and in-house curated exhibitions.

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