Science Gallery to lay down Australian roots
Melbourne is to become the fourth city to join the Global Science Gallery Network. The new gallery will be hosted in partnership with the University of Melbourne and marks the halfway point towards opening eight galleries by 2020, joining Dublin, London and Bengaluru. Last October Science Gallery International (SGI) announced funding worth more than €1.1 million to help achieve this goal.
The Global Science Gallery Network, established by SGI, is supported by industry, philanthropic foundations, government and individuals. So far over €120 million has been raised in establishing the Network in partnership with universities around the world.
The first Science Gallery opened in Trinity College Dublin in 2008 with the remit of getting people aged 15-25 interested in science by creating interactive exhibitions with an artistic element. It’s opening exhibition, Lightwave, looked at the role of light and featured projected video games and a model in a dress laced with fibre optics.
It costs an estimated €20 million to establish a Science Gallery. SGI provides development services including business planning, strategic engagement, fundraising, and training services.
SGI also provides touring services to Network members, bringing exhibitions to arts, cultural and science centres, and develops global tools and initiatives for the Network.
Chris Horn, chair of SGI, said: “University of Melbourne is a leading university in a vibrant, multicultural and creative city that’s at cutting‐edge when it comes to arts, architecture, design and many other areas. By joining the Global Science Gallery Network, the University is signalling the value that a creative approach to public engagement and innovation within science, technology, engineering, art and maths can offer.”
SGI is projecting a revenue turnover of the next two years of over €1.2 million in combined revenue from touring exhibitions originating in Dublin and development services. Its office of seven staff, will grow to 12 in the next two years, indirectly support the employment of 15 people full-time and 50 part-time in Ireland, and 105 full-time and up to 350 part-time internationally.
Science Gallery Melbourne is due to open in 2018.