Melbourne Arts Precinct

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The Melbourne Arts Precinct (also referred to as Ngargee, which is a Bunurong word for describing "gathering for celebration") is a series of galleries, performing arts venues and spaces in Melbourne, Victoria, in Australia. The precinct is situated less than 1 km from the Melbourne city centre in Southbank and is centred on, and near, St Kilda Road. It differs from the East End Theatre District in the city centre, as most of the galleries and venues in the precinct are publicly funded.[1]

The precinct is also a prime location for the administrative offices, broadcast studios, schools and training institutions of many arts organisations.

In 2008, it was announced by the Government of Victoria the precinct would receive a A$128 million upgrade, with the major refurbishment of Hamer Hall as its centrepiece.[2] The combined Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre complex, which opened in February 2009, won the Moore Stephens Award for Public Buildings at the Property Council of Australia - the country's highest award for a public building.[3]

In 2014, the Victorian government released the Melbourne Arts Precinct Blueprint, initiated by the former state Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Ballieu for a cost of $900,000 (given by both federal and state government). Led by Creative Victoria, its intention was to establish a vision for the precinct along with prioritising any future development.

Public venues and galleries[edit]

Arts administration and education[edit]

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  1. ^ Arts and Culture brochure - That's Me!bourne City tourism website (City of Melbourne)
  2. ^ Coster, Alice (8 September 2008). "$128m plans unveiled for Arts Precinct". Herald Sun. 
  3. ^ Melbourne's arts precinct receives nation's highest honour - Building Product News (, 22 June 2009

Coordinates: 37°49′18″S 144°58′4″E / 37.82167°S 144.96778°E / -37.82167; 144.96778