Description of Venue
Geelong Arts Centre was built on the enthusiasm and commitment of the Greater Geelong Community with a need for a high quality facility for the benefit of our artists and audiences. The centre opened in 1981 with performing arts, functions, events and customer service in mind
The organisation is committed to excellence in all that it does, ensuring an exciting and bright future. Geelong Arts Centre is one of a group of state owned cultural agencies including Arts Centre Melbourne, Museums Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, State Library of Victoria, Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne Recital Centre, Film Victoria and Dockland Studios Melbourne.
It is a Statutory Authority and was established by the Geelong Performing Arts Centre Trust Act 1980 No 9406. The Minister responsible is Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries. Geelong Arts Centre gratefully acknowledges financial assistance from the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, Department Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.
Geelong Arts Centre is leading the way for the creative industries in Geelong and the surrounding region, embarking on an ambitious upgrade to both operations and bricks-and-mortar spaces, and aims to become the Creative Heart of Geelong: an artery between creative industries and community to global thinking and extraordinary experiences. To achieve this, the centre has identified three long-term objectives: Creativity, Vitality and Flourishing.
The next stage of the Geelong Arts Centre redevelopment will completely transform the existing Little Malop Street building. Funded by the Victorian Government, the Little Malop Street Redevelopment will significantly expand the capacity of Geelong Arts Centre with multiple new performance venues, an upgraded box office and refurbished back-of-house and administration facilities. More dining options and an outdoor atrium are also being considered in the design.
A clever and creative city the size and vibrancy of Geelong requires cultural assets to match the growing and changing needs of the city. The Little Malop Street redevelopment will create around 600 construction jobs and more than 300 ongoing local jobs in the tourism and service industries. Work will start in 2020 and be completed by the end of 2023.
Geelong Arts Centre respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which it stands, the Wadawurrung People of the Kulin Nation. Geelong Arts Centre pays its collective respects to their Elders past, to Elders present and to emerging leaders, recognising their continuing connection to land, water, culture and community.