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An idea conceptualised by Archibald winner Ben Quilty, The Southern Highlands Regional Art Gallery is the first regional art gallery in the Southern Highlands of NSW. Aptly named Ngunungulla, meaning ‘belonging’ in the traditional language of the Gundungurra First Nation People, was a labour of love as supporters worked hard to raise money and seek government grants for the non-for-profit cultural initiative located in Bowral. 

As an adaptive reuse of the historically significant Dairy located on the National Trust’s Retford Park Estate, the iconic landmark was conserved and transformed into what is now a cultural destination for the local community. 

Home to an array of artworks by local artists, many of whom are past Archibald prize winners and finalists, Ngunungulla’s architectural conception is thanks to the design expertise of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (TZG) Architects along with Donnelley Simpson Cleary (DSC) Consulting Engineers and Richard Crookes Construction.

Jadecross collaborated with the specialist lighting design team who opted for a sophisticated, understated aesthetic with one of ERCO’s newest solutions for gallery lighting, the Eclipse. While optimising a CRI of 97, the Eclipse with Intrack Adapter was utilised providing a uniform aesthetic with high flexibility by using track. Offering precise distribution and wide adaptability with the choice of beam characteristics, the Eclipse luminaires used throughout the space are all commissioned with state-of-the-art Casambi Bluetooth technology.