By Micaela Togher
Australia’s first science-art gallery will be opening in Melbourne in June.
Created under a partnership between the state government and the University of Melbourne, Science Gallery Melbourne will be positioned in the University of Melbourne’s new Melbourne Connect precinct on the corner of Grattan and Swanston streets.
Designed by architect William Smart from Smart Design Studio, the gallery will feature more than 3500 sqm of exhibition space and include a theatre, learning centre and workshop areas.
Science Gallery Melbourne is the latest addition to the international Science Gallery Network which sees museums hosted by universities worldwide.
It is hoped the creation of the gallery will be a major new attraction with a focus on offering interactive exhibits and events that present scientific ideas with an artistic flair.
The University of Melbourne’s director of museums and collections Rose Hiscock said the space would allow for creative engagement with science for students and the public alike.
“Science Gallery Melbourne provides a contemporary, playful and welcoming space for young people to explore issues, ideas and the great challenges of our time,” Ms Hiscock said.
The mission behind Science Gallery Melbourne is to engage students aged between 15 and 25 interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Having offered a variety of pop-up exhibitions in Melbourne since 2017, Science Gallery Melbourne will now provide a permanent venue to allow local students to compete with their international peers.
The University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell said the key to success lay in the gallery’s model of presenting immersive, experimental exhibitions that offered a combination of scientific theory and new technologies with creative and conceptual themes.
“By bringing together science, innovation and creative thinking, we encourage conversations and ideas about the future of the Australian and global work force,” Vice-Chancellor Maskell said.
Science Gallery Melbourne will open on Tuesday, June 15.