New galleries, new public space and a new creative hub are just the start of a once in a generation transformation for Melbourne Arts Precinct in Southbank.
The Victorian Government has announced an investment of more than $200 million over the next two years to reimagine Southbank and the precinct including a brand-new icon for Melbourne – NGV Contemporary.
NGV Contemporary will be new standalone gallery that will focus on contemporary art and design.
NGV Contemporary will be located at 77 Southbank Boulevard behind NGV’s St Kilda Road gallery, a site where the former Carlton & United Breweries building currently stands. When built, NGV Contemporary will be Australia’s largest contemporary art and design gallery.
Arts Centre Melbourne’s Theatre’s Building, one of Melbourne’s most recognised landmarks, will be revitalised with upgrades to its theatres and public spaces.
The project will also return 1 City Road - one of the only available parcels of land in the area – to full cultural and public use. The site will become home to a new Australian Performing Arts Gallery, an expanded Australian Music Vault, Arts Centre Melbourne’s administrative offices, education and research facilities, and a new creative hub for small to medium and independent arts organisations.
The project will transform the area around the NGV and Arts Centre, creating 18,000m2 of new and renewed open public space, including an elevated pedestrian park and outdoor performance and event spaces. This will enable people to move seamlessly across the precinct taking in cultural organisations, restaurants and bars along the way.
The new precinct is expected to attract an extra 3 million visitors each year. See some early concepts of the project below.