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The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney has announced that redevelopment will commence in June, after receiving State and Federal Government funding as well as a large donation from the Chairman of the MCAs Foundation, Simon Mordant.
Sydney architect Sam Marshall, in partnership with the NSW Government Architect, will design the extension and propose ideas to energise the surrounding precinct at The Rocks and Circular Quay. The extension will be named the Mordant Wing, in recognition of the philanthropic support of the Mordant family.
The extension to the north end of the MCA building will provide a Centre for Creative Learning of national significance, providing workshop spaces for school and after-school youth programs. It will also house new facilities for the Museums Bella program for young people with special needs, a digital classroom, multi-media room, library and resource room and a lecture theatre/new media events space.
The extension will also include additional gallery space, and a new fully accessible entrance. Extra commercial spaces will allow the museum to generate ongoing revenue, so that the museum can continue to offer free entry to visitors.
Construction is set to begin in June 2010, with the project due for completion in early 2012.
The State and Federal Governments have each committed $13 million to the project, while MCA Foundation chairman Simon Mordant has committed $15 million. The City of Sydney has pledged $1 million, while private donors have so far raised $7.45 million. The project budget is $53 million.
At the announcement of the project, Director of the MCA Elizabeth Ann Macgregor said: “This is an incredibly exciting moment and has only been made possible because of the support from the Federal and NSW Governments along with a truly visionary gift by Simon and Catriona Mordant. The importance of this contribution to our community, made possible by the enthusiasm and commitment of this unique funding partnership, is truly breath-taking.
Fund-raising for the project first began in 2007, when Simon Mordant committed $5 million to the appeal. Since then, he has been the driving force behind the campaign, said Ms Macgregor, adding: This incredible private donation will be a legacy for generations.
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