Aussie Arts

Jury is announced for Adelaide Contemporary museum competition

Architecture International
Adelaide Contemporary proposed site near the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site (Courtesy Alerton Australia)
Adelaide Contemporary proposed site near the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site (Courtesy Alerton Australia)

The Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition has announced the jury members selected to judge the competition, which will commission a new contemporary art museum and public sculpture park dedicated to Australian, Aboriginal, Asian and European art in Adelaide, Australia. Last December, the shortlisted firms were announced, and among the 13 firms grouped into six teams were Adjaye Associates, SO-IL and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, along with Australia-based firms BVN, Hassell, Woods Bagot and Durbach Block Jaggers.

The nine-person jury is comprised of leaders in the arts, architecture, culture and business, including Walter Hood and Toshiko Mori. The competition jury will be chaired by Michael Lynch and advised by the competition director, Malcolm Reading. The full jury is below:

  • Michael Lynch AO CBE (Chair), Chair, Sydney Community Foundation and Chair, Circa
  • Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin, Deputy Chair, Australia Council for the Arts, Managing Director, L-AB & Associates and Executive, Aboriginal Strategy, South Australian Film Corporation
  • Beatrice Galilee, Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Walter Hood, Creative Director and Founder, Hood Design Studio
  • David Knox, Deputy Chair, Economic Development Board of South Australia and Member, Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation Committee
  • Nick Mitzevich, Director, Art Gallery of South Australia
  • Toshiko Mori, Founder and Principal, Toshiko Mori Architect and Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design
  • Sally Smart, Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne and renowned contemporary artist
  • Tracey Whiting, Chair, Art Gallery of South Australia Board

In eleven weeks, the six teams will present their conceptual designs, with an honorarium of approximately $72,000 dollars (AU $90,000) to complete this stage. In April, these designs will be shown to the public at an exhibition in Adelaide as well as online. Details about that exhibition will be released then. The jury will decide upon the winner in May and the winners will be announced by mid-June of this year. Further updates to the competition can be found at the competition’s website.

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