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30 August 2017

Work on Geelong Performing Arts Centre’s $38.5 million Ryrie Street Redevelopment will kick off in a matter of weeks with the appointment of award-winning builders Kane Constructions to deliver the project.

Architectural rendering of the redeveloped GPAC

Image: HASSEL

Funded by the Victorian Government with some philanthropic support, the project will create a striking new landmark building on Ryrie Street, designed by HASSELL architects.

The redevelopment will vastly improve accessibility and the visitor experience at the 36 year old arts centre, including two new foyers and a bar area. It will also include new spaces for creative practitioners and organisation and four new state-of-the-art studios for rehearsals and creative development.

Kane Constructions already has a strong presence in Geelong, with projects including the redevelopment of Simonds Stadium and the award-winning Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. The company also completed the successful refurbishment of GPAC’s 750-seat Playhouse Theatre in 2010.

The redevelopment project is set to create over 120 jobs during construction which is expected to commence in September.

The architectural design blends the old and new, revealing the façade of the historic church on the site which has been hidden since 1920. A major public art commission has also been announced to complete the design with an iconic artwork to be created for the centre’s eastern exterior wall.

We are now seeking expressions of interest from local, national and international artists to create this large-scale work which is set to become a drawcard in its own right, and add another creative feature to Geelong’s cultural precinct. Funding of $300,000—$500,000 is available to commission the work.

Expressions of interest close on Wednesday 27 September.

Find out more about the Geelong Performing Arts Centre public art commission