Caring for the environment is a natural extension of our gallery’s stewardship of the artworks given over to our care. We value and protect our natural and cultural environments and are sensitive to the impact of the gallery and its visitors on them.
We have opted for a minimal footprint, including reduced consumption of water and energy – and adopting sustainable waste practices.
We have established operational performance measures to ensure we continue to minimise environmental impact across the range of our activities in:
- Energy consumption
- We use LED lightbulbs throughout our gallery space which are more efficient and longer lasting than halogen. in 2023 we were excited to achieve our aim of in installing solar panels for use within the gallery and studio space behind us for Will Wilson. Our windows are all double glazed to improve efficiency.
- Water usage
- Tank water services all our garden space. We minimise water use during the gallery’s operating hours.
- Waste and recycling
- All ceramics are wrapped in recycled honeycomb paper. Sustainable timber crates are used to transport large sculptures, and we encourage the return of these items when practical. Re-usable perspex gallery artwork tags with recyclable paper inserts are used in preference to non-biodegradable corflute. Cardboard boxes and bubble wrap are re-used with our overall aim to limit bubble wrap use to 20% by 2030 by investigating alternative packing materials.
- Greenhouse gas emissions
- We prioritise window ventilation, use of blinds, and do not have air conditioners. We harvest rainwater for use on our sculpture garden. We compost all food waste and recycle.
- Ecological restoration
- We have a lovely planted sculpture garden at the front of the building and commenced a restoration of the gallery gardens with indigenous flora, replacing the euphorbia with westringia. Our aim is to have a largely indigenous garden by 2030, excepting the mature trees. We support Landcare through hosting an annual plant stall on site.
- Energy consumption
When purchasing products from suppliers, we are mindful of the impacts those products have on the people and communities who create them whenever possible making the better choice. By sourcing as many local products as possible we can personally verify the efficacy of the supply chain, ensuring we make ethical purchases each and every time. E.G. our timber is from sustainable forests, purchased locally in Geelong, the bronze for our Will Wilson sculptures is sourced and made in Victorian foundries.