The new South East Centre for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is a purpose-built contemporary art space, located on the traditional lands of the people of the Yuin Nation in the pristine landscapes of the south east corner of NSW. The 30-year-old site formerly known as Bega Valley Regional Gallery has undergone major redevelopment and expansion to create the new SECCA Gallery. Designed by award-winning Melbourne-based architecture practice Sibling, SECCA will include 500m2 of exhibition, archive, storage and workshop spaces alongside a new façade. The gallery will feature a significantly larger exhibition space, expanded from 180m² to 290m² and will include a state-of-the-art main gallery space for touring exhibitions. SECCA is home to the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, one of the most pre-eminent awards for portrait in the county and the historic Bega Valley Arts & Crafts Society collection. The cultural heart of the South East, SECCA will connect the local community to global conversations in contemporary art and inspire an ever-widening audience to experience the best local and global contemporary visual culture. The build has been supported by a $1.67 million investment from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
SECCA is principally funded through the Bega Valley Shire Council.
SECCA is supported by the NSW Government through CREATE NSW.