Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) is currently in the beginning stages of undergoing a 38.5 million dollar redevelopment.
Funded the Victorian Government, with some philanthropic support, the project will help reinvigorate the centre and keep it as a primary location for both international and local performances.
The Ryrie Street redevelopment will serve several purposes; revealing the walls of the historic church GPAC is built around, creating two new foyer spaces and a bar area – which will all help improve the visitor experience, and introducing new spaces for creators and organisations to use.
As well as creating a new and accessible entrance for the centre on Ryrie Street it will also create new universal access to the Playhouse Theatre.
One of the biggest winners of the redevelopment scheme is the Geelong dance community, as an outcome will include four new state of the art rehearsal studios and improved performance spaces. This project will help keep Geelong city centre as a cultural hub for arts and performances.
As a part of the redevelopment there will be a public art commission located on the buildings eastern wall. The wall will feature the large-scale art of a local, national or international artist – any artists are invited to submit an expression of interest by Wednesday September 27.
For more information and updates visit gpac.org.au/redevelopment
Written by Perri Digby