As the flagship performing arts centre in Victoria Arts Centre Melbourne has a leadership role in the creation, presentation and promotion of the performing arts.

Programming consists of indoor and outdoor performances, exhibitions, seminars, functions, forums and events.

Arts Centre Melbourne comprises:

  • Hamer Hall (opened in 1982; re-opened after redevelopment in July 2012);
  • Theatres Building (opened in 1984) including the State Theatre, Playhouse Theatre and Fairfax Studio; and
  • Other facilities including Sidney Myer Music Bowl (set in Kings Domain Gardens), George Adams Gallery (in Theatres Building), and the Digital Learning Centre.

Arts Centre Melbourne is also home to two significant collections:

  • The Performing Arts Collection - telling the story of Australia's performing arts history and traditions; and
  • The Art Collection - exploring the performing arts through the work of Australia's most significant visual artists.

Key Facts 2016-17

  • Total income - $89.1 million
  • Value of assets (land, buildings & equipment) - $510.4 million
  • Value of collection - $61.6 million
  • Creative Victoria's annual operational appropriation - $21.5 million (including additional project operating funding)
  • Creative Victoria's capital appropriation - $7.3 million
  • Number of attendances - 2.7 million
  • Number of website visits - 4.4 million
  • Number of participants in youth education programs - 56,677
  • Number of employees - 499 full-time equivalent
  • Number of members / friends - 1,546
  • Number of volunteer hours - 1,313 (equivalent to 173 full-time days)