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Geelong Arts Centre opened in 1981 and provides access to a wide range of arts experiences for audiences in the Geelong and Barwon region. The Geelong Arts Centre promotes a wide range of performing arts activities through the hiring of its facilities, management of visiting performances, and fostering of local artists and companies.

Geelong Arts Centre comprises:

  • Two theatres - Playhouse Theatre (formerly the Ford Theatre) and Drama Theatre (formerly the Blakiston Theatre);
  • Several studios;
  • Meeting rooms; and
  • Catering facilities.

Geelong Arts Centre presents a range of performances, family events and education programs as well as one-off comedy and film events.

Key Facts 2019-20

  • Total income - $8 million
  • Creative Victoria's annual operating appropriation - $2.7 million
  • Creative Victoria's annual capital appropriation - $9.4 million
  • Number of attendances - 153,000
  • Number of website visits - 400,000
  • Number of students attending education programs - 5,447
  • Number of employees - 51 individuals (equivalent to 36 FTE's)
  • Number of volunteers - 56 individuals, contributing 855 volunteers hours (equivalent to 113 full days)