Inside/Out: Venturing beyond the museum

In 2019 the Ian Potter Museum of Art embarks on a year of significant transformation. Key to this change will be an ambitious redevelopment by internationally renowned firm Wood Marsh Architecture, with the generous support of the Ian Potter Foundation. This major capital works project will see an expansion of the Museum’s footprint through the creation of teaching studios for object-based learning from the University Art Collection, a public programs space, a collections gallery, and a teaching gallery (for curriculum-based collection displays). Due for launch in mid-2020, the Potter will also have a new entrance on the University’s campus, a cafĂ© with outdoor area, and an elegant foyer designed to host functions and opening events.

In the meantime, the Museum faces an interesting challenge: during the construction process it cannot display art in its indoor spaces, so as the galleries are temporarily closed the Museum will be embracing the opportunity to do things differently. In 2019 the Potter will present a year-long program of talks, forums, performances and activations in spaces around campus, within the museum building and beyond it, which promise to shift the experience of visiting and interacting with the Museum into bold new territory.

The proposed new entrance to the Ian Potter Museum of Art designed by Wood Marsh Architecture

Image: The proposed new entrance to the Ian Potter Museum of Art designed by Wood Marsh Architecture