Southern Highlands Regional Gallery

Community Arts & Cultural Development

NGUNUNGGULA | Start-up funding

Ngununggula, meaning ‘belonging’ in the traditional language of the Gundungurra First Nation People, will be the first regional art gallery in the Southern Highlands of NSW.

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Ngununggula | Retford Park Southern Highlands Regional Gallery is currently under construction, and due to open late 2021. Led by a small but growing team and in partnership with the State Government, Wingecarribee Shire Council, the National Trust, and donors, we will establish a state-of-the-art gallery that sustainably re-purposes the Dairy and Veterinary Clinic at Retford Park, East Bowral.

Ngununggula’s artistic program aims to capture the hearts and minds of everyone. We set our sights on creating art experiences that allow our visitors to have a deeper engagement with artists and their ideas. Our program will engage the local community and beyond through significant exhibitions, artist-led projects, live events, workshops, artist talks, collaborations with local schools, and public programs.

We aspire to be a destination venue and set an ambitious framework to achieve our vision – to serve as the centre of arts and culture in the Southern Highlands. This campaign seeks to give Ngununggula the best step forward with a healthy program budget to achieve a truly ambitious exhibition, education and public program for the community of the Southern Highlands. Our inaugural exhibition program will present work by acclaimed Australian artists Tamara Dean and Megan Cope, both creating new work within the community.

Your generous donation bolsters our focus on visual arts, education, artistic practice, and cultural voice, and will contribute directly to the development and production of art and ideas. Our artistic program will be central to fostering a sustainable arts organisation.

As the gallery grows, its role will expand to provide tangible cultural scaffolding to enable and support arts practices which contribute positively to the creative, social and economic outcomes, and strengthen the region’s cultural ecology.

Through government grants and philanthropic support this project has successfully raised all funds required for construction.

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Ngununggula formed with a mission to establish the very first regional art gallery in the Southern Highlands.

Thanks to the support of the NSW State Government, The National Trust, Southern Tablelands Arts, Wingecarribee Shire Council, local First Nations People and generous donors from the region and beyond, we are well on our way to achieving our founding objectives.

Our small, passionate team is responsible for overseeing construction works designed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects and managed by Richard Crookes Construction, establishing gallery operations and developing the inaugural program.


Geoffrey Loris Hassall OAM