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Ryrie Street Redevelopment

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Your new arts centre is coming...

Work is underway on the Ryrie Street redevelopment.

Due to the works, access to the centre from Ryrie St will no longer be available and parking outside the building will also be impacted .

We urge visitors to the centre to allow extra time for parking and arrival for performances during this time.

Access to the centre through the main Little Malop St entrance will not be affected during the redevelopment.

For more information visit our Redevelopment Website.


About the Ryrie Street Redevelopment 

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 new dance and rehearsal studios.

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 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.

Designed by international Melbourne-based architecture studio, HASSELL, the project will redefine GPAC, its connection with the CBD and its position as Victoria’s leading regional performing arts centre.

Award-winning builders Kane Constructions have been appointed to deliver the project. 

The Ryrie Street redevelopment follows a major overhaul of the 750-seat Playhouse Theatre, the much loved heart of GPAC, in 2010.

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.


Public Art Commission Update

The first stage of the Public Art Commission closed last month, and sixty four (64) submissions were received, from acclaimed and emerging artists.

Local, state, national and international artists, including Geelong,  submitted expressions of interest to Creative Victoria.

Each submission was reviewed, considering elements such as concept, feasibility, experience, and durability.

The second stage,  to narrow the field down to three (3),  proved too difficult a task, given the quality of applications.

Thanks to additional funding support from the City of Greater Geelong, the concept development stage now commences with five (5) artists, and each has been directed to develop their initial concept up to a final submission.

Given the scale  and impact of the project, the announcement of the successful commission proposal will be in January 2018.

For further information regarding the Geelong Performing Arts Centre Redevelopment, please go to our Redevelopment Website.



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