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Timeline

1895

March

Queensland National Art Gallery is founded. Official opening takes place in an upper floor room of Brisbane Town Hall.

1905

December

Gallery reopens on the third floor of the then Executive Building.

1931

February

Gallery moves to the refurbished Concert Hall of the Exhibition Building and reopens to the public.

1973

March

Robin Gibson is announced the winner of the architecture competition for the Queensland Art Gallery.

1974

April

Gallery closes in Exhibition Building.

1975

March

Gallery reopens in temporary premises on the fifth and sixth floors of the MIM Building.

1982

June

On 21 June, the Queensland Art Gallery building, the first purpose-built home for the institution, opens at South Brisbane.

November

The Queensland Art Gallery is awarded the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings.

1987

October

Designing the Future of the Gallery outlines a strategic outlook for the Gallery's future.

1990

February

Director, Doug Hall, writes to the Premier, Wayne Goss, requesting that the Government consider the Gallery's accommodation needs.

1991

October

Proposals to extend the existing Gallery building are discussed by Trustees.

1993

September

'First Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art' opens.

October

Queensland Cultural Centre Trust (QCCT) initiates discussions on Stage VI development.

1994

July

A Project Definition Statement to extend the existing Gallery building identifies a minimum requirement for more than 7000 m² of additional facilities.

1995

March

Consultants report to the QCCT on the Stage VI development options.

November

Cabinet dedicates the site to the north of the Queensland Cultural Centre for future expansion.

1996

February

Gallery Trustees decide that a competition is the best option for progressing the project.

December

Cabinet gives in-principle endorsement to the QCC-2000 Project incorporating the Gallery's expansion program.

1997

February

The Department of Public Works conducts a Value Management Workshop on the QCC-2000 Project.

April

Review of accommodation needs results in a Draft Accommodation Schedule increasing the Gallery's need to more than 14 000 m².

May

Gallery Trustees endorse the 'two sites, one vision' strategy to develop a separate Gallery of Modern Art to complement the existing building

December

Formal announcement by the Coalition Government of the QCC-2000 Project includes a 14 200m² Gallery of Modern Art.

1998

April

Government invites public comment on its intention to conduct architectural competitions for the major buildings of the QCC-2000 master plan.

September

Labor Government initiates a review of the QCC-2000 master plan.

1999

March

Gallery submits its Revised Needs Analysis for the Queensland Art Gallery's building program, substantiating the rationale of its dual-site development.

2000

May

On 17 May, the Labor Government announces the revised Millennium Arts Project with an increased budget for the Gallery of Modern Art.

2001

July

The Strategic Planning Framework for the MA-QCC is released and the Architect Selection Competition for the Gallery of Modern Art is launched.

September

174 submissions received in Stage 1 of the Gallery competition.

November

On 13 November, the Government announces the short list of five architectural teams for Stage 2 of the Gallery competition.

2002

April

On 8 April, the Government announces Architectus + Davenport Campbell as the selected architectural team to design the Gallery of Modern Art.
Parallel announcement of the architectural team for the Millennium Library Project, Donovan Hill + Peddle Thorp.
From 17-26 April, preliminary public viewing of the five short-listed models of the new Gallery at the Queensland Art Gallery.

June

On 21 June, the exhibition of Stage 2 submissions for the GoMA Architect Competition opens on the twentieth anniversary of the existing building. Exhibition closed on 4 August.

July

On 19 July, Architectus + Davenport Campbell are formally commissioned by the Government to design the GoMA.

August

On 28 August, the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland architecture faculties stage a 'Salon de Refuses', showing a select number of the Competition's Stage 1 submissions.
2003

April

On 2 April, the Steering Committee approves Donovan Hill + PeddleThorp as architects for the Site Infrastructure Works.
  On 7 April, Gallery staff commence moving into the new Riverside premises.
  On 9 April, the Impact Assessment Study for the MA-QCC is released by the Government for public comment.
  GoMA's schematic design documentation is completed on 10 April in preparation for the Project to go to tender.

May

On 2 May, a select list of tenderers are invited to tender for the MA-QCC Project.

July

On 15 July, the Minister of Public Works signs off on the MA-QCC's site designation.

On 28 July, the Queensland Government announces Bovis Lend Lease as the preferred Managing Contractor for the Millennium Arts - Queensland Cultural Centre Project.

September

Design development on the GoMA re-commences.

December

Design development completed.

2004

May

Commencement of construction on the site.

2006

December

Completion and public opening.