Development Victoria

Geelong's new arts centre

Geelong Arts Centre

The $38.5 million Ryrie Street redevelopment of the Geelong Arts Centre is underway.

The project will:

  • Create a striking new and accessible Ryrie street entrance to the arts centre;
  • Improve accessibility within the centre with universal access to the Playhouse Theatre and studios;
  • Improve the visitor experience, including two new foyers and a bar area;
  • Provide four new studios/rehearsal spaces
  • Incorporate dedicated spaces for a broader range of creative and education activities, creative entrepreneurs, children and youth, creative and production development.

The 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.

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

Designed by international Melbourne-based architecture studio, HASSELL, the project will redefine the Geelong Arts Centre, its connection with the CBD and its position as Victoria’s leading regional performing arts centre.

Award-winning builders Kane Constructions have been appointed to deliver the project. 

The Ryrie Street redevelopment follows a major overhaul of the 750-seat Playhouse Theatre, the much loved heart of the Geelong Arts Centre, in 2010.

Development Victoria is partnering with Creative Victoria, Geelong Arts Centre and Regional Development Victoria to deliver the redevelopment. 


50 Little Mallop Street
Geelong VIC 3220

Arts and culture

Creative Industries

$38.5 million

Under construction