Development Victoria

Geelong's new arts centre

Geelong Arts Centre

Project overview

Geelong Arts Centre is Victoria’s only state-owned cultural institution outside of Melbourne. It brings a wide array of creative and cultural experiences to Geelong and the region, and has given many local artists their first taste of the stage.

A clever and creative city the size and vibrancy of Geelong requires cultural assets to match the growing and changing needs of the city.

This redevelopment project will enable the Geelong Arts Centre to able to attract a greater diversity of quality productions from around Australia and internationally, and will provide more opportunities for local artists, schools and community groups.

A major overhaul of the 750-seat Playhouse Theatre was completed in 2010, and the Ryrie Street redevelopment was completed in November 2019.

The next phase of the project is the Little Malop Street redevelopment.

Ryrie Street redevelopment

The $38.5 million Ryrie Street redevelopment delivered:

  • A striking new and accessible Ryrie Street entrance to the Arts Centre
  • Improved accessibility within the centre with universal access to the Playhouse Theatre and studios
  • Improved the visitor experience, including two new foyers and a bar area
  • Four new studios/rehearsal spaces
  • Dedicated spaces for a broader range of creative and education activities, creative entrepreneurs, children and youth, creative and production development

Designed by international Melbourne-based architecture studio, HASSELL, the Ryrie Street redevelopment has redefined the Geelong Arts Centre, its connection with Geelong's CBD and its position as Victoria’s leading regional performing arts centre.

Award-winning builders Kane Constructions delivered the project for Development Victoria.

Little Malop Street redevelopment

The next stage of the Geelong Arts Centre project will completely transform the existing Little Malop Street building.

Funded by the Victorian Government, the Little Malop Street redevelopment will significantly expand the capacity of Geelong Arts Centre with multiple new performance venues, an upgraded box office and refurbished back-of-house and administration facilities. More dining options and an outdoor atrium are also being considered in the design.

This project will create around 600 construction jobs and more than 300 ongoing local jobs in the tourism and service industries. Work will start in 2020 and be completed by the end of 2023. 

ARM Architecture appointed to Geelong Arts Centre project

ARM Architecture has been appointed as the Principal Architect for the next stage of the Geelong Arts Centre redevelopment project, the $128 million Little Malop Street Redevelopment. ARM Architecture has an international reputation for making places that are uplifting, memorable and beyond visitors’ expectations. The Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, also on Little Malop Street, is a stunning example of their work and their commitment to creating landmark and beautiful architecture in Geelong.

The project design team includes ARM Architecture in collaboration with Umow Lai as service engineers and Bonacci Group, structural and civil engineering services as well as theatre consultants Charcoal Blue and acousticians Hanson Associates

The appointment of ARM Architecture means that early concept design discussions will commence in December 2019.


50 Little Mallop Street
Geelong VIC 3220

Arts and culture

Creative Industries

$38.5 million

Under construction