Melbourne Arts Precinct

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The Melbourne Arts Precinct is a series of galleries, performing arts venues and spaces in Melbourne, Victoria, in Australia. The precinct in Southbank 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]

Administrative offices, broadcast studios, schools and training institutions of many arts organisations are also located in the precinct.

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 - 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 Archived 8 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine - Building Product News (, 22 June 2009

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