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The redevelopment of Geelong Arts Centre continues to take shape, with exciting new plans to integrate public artwork by First Nations artists into the $140 million Little Malop Street redevelopment.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Acting Minister for Creative Industries Gabrielle Williams has launched an Expressions of Interest process that will select up to four First Nations artists to create work that reflects the significant Indigenous connection to Country, history and culture of the region.

This is a fantastic opportunity to draw on the connection First Nations people have with the region, and create a beautiful centre, that brings people together to create, learn and enjoy

Project partners Development Victoria, Geelong Arts Centre and Creative Victoria will work with Wadawurrung Traditional Owners and Geelong First Nations community members to select artists and work closely with them alongside architects and contractors to integrate artwork into the building design.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to draw on the connection First Nations people have with the region, and create a beautiful centre, that brings people together to create, learn and enjoy,“ Angela Skandarajah, Chief Executive Officer at Development Victoria said. 

Ms Skandarajah said that Development Victoria and its partners were looking forward to working closely with First Nations artists, to deliver this important place for the people of Geelong.

First Nations Artists Registration of Interest – open now

Expressions of Interest are open to experienced First Nations sound and visual artists. All submissions must be considerate and respectful of Wadawurrung Traditional Owners’ cultural rights and responsibilities.

Submissions close on 29 July.

Read the Registration of Interest flyer.

Find out more about the Registration of Interest by visiting the Buying for Victoria website.

Geelong Arts Centre Little Malop Street Redevelopment

The Victorian Government is investing $140 million to provide Geelong and the region with an iconic and vibrant hub for creativity and the arts as part of the Geelong Arts Centre Little Malop Street Redevelopment. The redevelopment commenced in 2020 and is expected to be complete in 2023. Find out more.


Updated on 26 July 2021