An Infrastructure Fund, supported by the State Government through Creative Victoria, has been developed to support and improve infrastructure at the VCA’s Southbank campus, and provide support for small arts industry organisations to be accommodated on site, making it a dynamic hub for arts activity.
The fund has supported a wide range of facility and equipment upgrades to, amongst others: the recording studio, dance floors, art studios and workshops, computer labs, performance studios and the music ensemble rooms.
The VCA & MCM has also launched two major infrastructure projects to open the Southbank campus to the community: Grant Street Theatre and the Dodds St Stables Redevelopment.
Grant Street Theatre has been refurbished and the new Lionel Gell Lounge launched, creating one of Melbourne’s premier music theatre performance venues. The 120-seat theatre also now has a stylish foyer and bar called the Lionel Gell Lounge (Lionel’s). The venue is supported by the Lionel Gell Foundation with a $1.3 million funding agreement over 10 years for creative programming in the venue. More information.
A project worth more than $40 million will redevelop the Dodds Street stables into a visual arts wing at the VCA, creating a new entry point to the University and opening the campus to students, local business and residents.
“The redevelopment project, the largest in the history of the VCA, will create public performance, event and exhibition spaces across the campus and surrounding streets, as well as a series of laneways, public thoroughfares and gardens,” Victorian Premier Denis Napthine said.
The project is planned to be completed by April 2017.