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Public Gets A Peek At New Dance And Contemporary Arts Centre

The public will get the opportunity to have a sneak preview of the new $11 million home for contemporary arts and dance in South Melbourne, the Minister for Major Projects, Peter Batchelor, and the Minister for the Arts, Mary Delahunty announced today.

“This is a space that belongs to all Victorians, a place we should all be proud of and one which should be promoted to visitors to our State,” Ms Delahunty said.

“Citizens are a city’s best salespeople and we will be conducting a series of ‘sneak preview’ tours for local residents, taxi drivers, hotel concierges, teachers of art, dance and drama, media representatives, city ambassadors and project supporters.”

The official handover of the Sturt Street complex from Major Projects to the Arts was made today marking the transition from building site to the latest addition to the Victorian arts scene.

Mr Batchelor said this was the first Major Projects Victoria project to be commissioned, funded and built by the Bracks Government and will be a key addition to the Southbank arts precinct.

“The building’s innovative design was the result of an architecture competition that has resulted in Wood Marsh’s successful Ayers Rock-like design coming to fruition at 111 Sturt Street, South Melbourne,” he said.

“The strikingly designed building, clad in a special rusted steel will become a key feature of the Southbank arts precinct and a new architectural landmark for Melbourne.

“The site presented significant challenges, with high levels of silt, a legacy of contamination from its industrial past and the CityLink tunnel that runs directly underneath requiring significant engineering solutions.

“Considering these challenges as well as the need for the building to house three diverse arts bodies, the building’s cost of $11 million represents exceptional value for money.

The centre would throw its doors open on Sunday, September 15 and Ms Delahunty encouraged the entire community to get along and have a look.

There were a host of activities planned for the open day including an installation by artist Ian de Gruchy at ACCA, Chunky Move performances and music in the Malthouse, she said.

“This building provides a new gallery space for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and an office and rehearsal space for the Chunky Move,” she said.

“It will also contain the largest set-building workshop in the southern hemisphere for Playbox.

“This is a unique venture that brings together these quite different artistic leaders under one roof. It is a demonstration of the Bracks government’s enthusiastic commitment to the arts – and the infrastructure which supports them.”

Mr Batchelor said the project was part of the $8.2 billion of major projects the Bracks Government was currently delivering across Victoria.