For Brad Hammond, the pouring of a concrete slab this week marked the beginning of the Orange Regional Gallery's next chapter.
The gallery is temporarily closed for the continuation of its extension project, something its director, Mr Hammond, has been eagerly awaiting.
"We'll have a new contemporary exhibition space with controllable natural lighting, we'll also have a 75-seat gallery theatre which will be for documentaries, education, artist talks and also will also be available for community use," he said.
"For all of our engagement projects, and at the moment there isn't really a space like that in Orange for the community to use for different events."
As well as $4 million dollars in funding from the NSW Government's Regional Cultural Fund and another $1 million from Orange City Council, the gallery has raised $400,000 within the community for a "high quality fit-out.
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So far construction is on track to allow the galley to reopen in September.
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