Southern Highlands Regional Gallery

Community Arts & Cultural Development

NGUNUNGULLA at Retford Park

Ngunungulla, 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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Through Government grants and private fundraising, this project has successfully raised $6.2 million dollars. We have reached our goal in raising funds for the construction phase of this project, the remaining 40% of this campaign will allow our team to deliver a truly ambitious exhibition, education and public program.

We respectfully acknowledge the Gundungurra people as sovereign custodians of the land on which we will work and welcome future visitors. We extend our respects to ancestors and Elders past, present and emerging.

Led by a small team, this exciting project responds to the community’s demand for a regional gallery. This is our opportunity to help achieve something truly valuable for our region and beyond.

The Southern Highlands is home to many artists, yet the Wingecarribee Shire is one of the few shires of its size and population without a dedicated regional gallery. This bold project embraces a sustainable adaptive reuse of a historically significant Dairy located on the National Trust’s Retford Park Estate. This historical landmark will be transformed into a state-of-the-art gallery space with an adjoining café led operated by local business.

Ngunungulla will be a treasured cultural destination for people of all ages to exchange ideas and experience an exciting creative program, capturing the vibrancy of the region, the local community and the hearts of our visitors.

The NSW State Government awarded the project an infrastructure grant of $2,490,000 through the Regional Cultural Fund and Wingecarribee Shire Council has additionally pledged a grant for a substantial portion of the annual operating costs.

This campaign seeks to raise the remaining funds required for the construction phase and additional operating funds to cement a thriving exhibition program.

We thank Elders Aunty Val Mulcahy and Aunty Annie Warren from Yamanda Aboriginal Association for working with us and embracing this vision. Construction of the gallery will commence in the coming months.

Ngunungulla will open to the public in August 2021

Your generous donations will help make history in the Highlands.

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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.

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JB Davros Family Foundation

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Sugarloaf Pastoral Investments

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Tony Grey AM

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Derek Kreckler

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Alex and Charles Bogle

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Martial Cosyn

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Janie Forrest

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Rob Ferguson

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Jenny Ferguson

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