‘Delaying the inevitable’
A public art gallery at full capacity has issued a friendly reminder to the council to get on with its muchanticipated library and art gallery project.
The $16 millon project was first proposed in 2009 and would have seen a public library and public art gallery married together in one high-profile riverside location along Blenheim’s Taylor River.
The Marlborough District Council budgeted $14m for the new Blenheim library, with a $2m contribution for the new art gallery, in the 2015 longterm plan, but funding was later funnelled into water projects.
Millennium Public Art Gallery board of trustees chairman Richard Wilson said during the council’s longterm plan submissions the need for a new public art gallery in Blenheim had become ‘‘more imperative’’.
Wilson said the current gallery building was ‘‘unable to cater to either current needs or future growth’’.
‘‘After more than 18 years since opening, the Millennium Public Art Gallery has reached the full capacity of its current location,’’ Wilson said in his submission.
‘‘The business has outgrown the building,’’ Wilson said. ‘‘We are unable to cater to current demands or accommodate new services.’’
Millennium Public Art Gallery director Cressida Bishop said the main reason for the submission was because the business could no longer keep up with demand.
‘‘Visitors are missing out and we were hoping to remind the council of that in our submission,’’ Bishop said.
She said the gallery still had to raise funds for its part of the project, but wasn’t sure how much until the council released a definitive budget.
The council proposed replacing the