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Ryrie Street Redevelopment set to begin

Geelong Performing Arts Centre is being redeveloped to improve access, provide more rehearsal areas along with increased community and creative spaces.

The $38.5 million redevelopment - funded by the Victorian Government and some philanthropic support - will create a striking new entrance, improve access to the centre and provide state-of-the-art dance and rehearsal studios.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley has announced the appointment of Kane Constructions to deliver the project. Kane Constructions already has a strong presence in Geelong, having completed the 2010 refurbishment of the centre’s Playhouse Theatre, as well as the recent redevelopment of Simonds Stadium and the award-winning Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.

The region’s large dance community is set to be one of the big winners in the redevelopment, with four new studios to open. The Ryrie St Redevelopment will also reveal the walls of the historic church, improve the visitor experience by providing two new foyers and a bar area, and introduce new spaces for use by creative practitioners and organisations.

“The Geelong Performing Arts Centre services a large and growing population, attracts the best Australian and international performances and provides a stage for the local community to shine,” Minister Foley said.

The Minister also announced a public art commission for the building’s external eastern wall. Local, national and international artists are invited to submit expressions of interest in creating a large-scale artwork, with funding of up to $500,000 available.

More detail on the Geelong Performing Arts Centre public art commission can be found at creative.vic.gov.au. Expressions of interest close on Wednesday 27 September.

The redevelopment will ensure the centre becomes the Geelong Region’s creative hub and make Geelong even more attractive to new business, investors, tourists and residents.

Construction will commence in September and will create 100 jobs. 

The redevelopment will:

  • Create a striking new and accessible entrance on Ryrie Street into the Arts Centre 
  • Reveal the walls of the historic church
  • Improve accessibility with universal access to the Playhouse Theatre and studios 
  • Improve the visitor experience, providing two new foyers and bar area
  • Introduce new spaces for use by creative practitioners and organisations 
  • Include four new state-of-the-art studios/rehearsal spaces for community use


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