WODONGA Council has negotiated a succession of COVID-19 curve balls and will open its $12.8 million library-gallery building on Monday as scheduled.
Final arrangements for Hyphen's opening have been fast-tracked since the latest Victorian lockdown ended this week with the doors opening at 10am.
The official opening will take place on Friday, but from Monday the building which has been under construction since early last year is open to the public.
"Following handover of the building, staff have been working steadily towards Monday's opening date," the council's chief executive Mark Dixon said.
"They have been able to be flexible to work around and mitigate the overall impact of recent lockdowns and COVID-19.
"In the opening weeks, some of our regular programs will be on hold under the present restrictions which limit group capacity but we look forward to them returning as restrictions ease.
"We are taking a cautious approach with the most up-to-date advice and will open with a capacity limit of 220.
"We will continue to monitor and operate in line with the advice from the Victorian government, noting we have the large library space downstairs and four gallery spaces upstairs as well as the outside terrace.
"So we look forward to welcoming our community into this exciting new space on Monday."
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Member for Northern Victoria and Victorian Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes will officially open Hyphen on Friday with the Victorian government the biggest funding contributor towards the project.
A three-day opening weekend will also feature music, workshops and tours.
The Artspace Gallery will feature Nyanda, a collection of artworks from four contemporary Aboriginal women exploring their personal stories about place.
Nyanda means "many" in the local Dhudhuroa language and Bethany Thornber, Treahna Hamm, Tegan Murdock, Patricia Cerminara will share stories of past, present and future in a celebration of First Nations peoples.
The Playspace Gallery will be turned into an imaginary forest landscape of light, colour, kinetic sculpture by Skunk Control.
The Community Gallery will provide an opportunity to reflect on Wodonga's past through the Picturing the Past exhibition, featuring artefacts and photographs from the Wodonga Historical Society collection.
The Hallway Gallery features the work of two young Aboriginal artists Carliegh Walsh (Wiradjuri) and Sophia Galvin (Yorta Yorta).
They were invited to share their latest work to complement the Nyanda exhibitions.
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