Melbourne Arts Precinct already has one of the highest concentrations of arts, cultural and creative organisations anywhere in the world – and presents up to 3000 performances and exhibitions each year.
It’s home to the most visited art gallery and busiest performing arts centre in the country, the best arts education and training institutions, art galleries, theatres, music venues, studios, creative co-working spaces and more.
However, most of this activity happens behind closed doors, the precinct is disjointed and difficult to navigate, there is limited outdoor public space, and our major cultural institutions are bursting at the seams.
The Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation will introduce major new attractions such as NGV Contemporary – set to be Australia’s largest gallery dedicated to contemporary art and design – as well as a new Australian Performing Arts Gallery and an expanded Australian Music Vault.
It will modernise Arts Centre Melbourne’s Theatres Building – under our city’s landmark spire – in its first major upgrade in 37 years, and create a new creative hub with spaces and facilities for Victoria’s small to medium and independent arts sector.
Complementing the precinct’s existing facilities will be 18,000m2 of new and renewed open public space to connect our iconic St Kilda Road cultural institutions to a world of new experiences behind them.
It will bring the excitement, colour and inspiration that we find inside our theatres and galleries into the outdoors – with creative activations and performances to bring the new public spaces to life.
Melbourne Arts Precinct will be a place you can visit day or night to have a great time, soak up the atmosphere and have a distinctly Melbourne cultural experience – whether you have a ticket to a show or not.
Work is already underway on the first $208 million stage of this city-shaping project, including the purchase and allocation of key sites for development. Plans and designs are expected to be complete by 2020.