Levels of Country
Within its design, each level of Geelong Arts Centre represents a different First Nations reference to Country.
Coming together as co-designers, ARM Architecture, Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and the wider First Nations community have woven traditional stories of the land, water and sky, and the colours and textures of Moonah trees, ochre, and granite stone throughout the layers of the building.
ARM Architecture was appointed as the Principal Architect for the next stage of the Geelong Arts Centre redevelopment project, the $140 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 Charcoalblue and acousticians Hanson Associates.
Theatre consultant Charcoalblue provided comprehensive auditorium design and theatre planning scope, alongside a full suite of technical design for all the Geelong Arts Centre performance spaces. Guided by the innovative and bold thinking from the client team, and the vision and collaborative spirit of ARM Architecture, Charcoalblue’s Melbourne team brought a global theatre design perspective to this once-in-a-generation community-driven project, delivering two radically flexible theatres both filled with the outstanding potential to take Australian performance to the next level.
We were delighted when the Victorian Government announced the appointment of Lendlease to deliver the $140 million Geelong Arts Centre Little Malop Street Redevelopment.
Lendlease’s ‘Geelong First’ commitment will put local partnerships, skills and innovation at the heart of the project. It will ensure that local suppliers and tradespeople are invited to tender on works packages throughout construction, including local social enterprises.
Lendlease will participate in the GROW initiative that works to reduce unemployment and promote the social prosperity of the region.
Lendlease has a long history of delivering major cultural projects throughout Australia, including Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne Theatre Company and University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Southbank Centre.
Little Malop Street Redevelopment First Nations Featured Artists
One of the most exciting design elements of Geelong Arts Centre Little Malop Street Redevelopment is the presentation of specially commissioned artworks within the building's spaces by four extraordinary First Nations artists
In a collection of captivating videos, Wadwaurrung artist Kait James and First Nations artists Gerard Black, Tarryn Love and Mick Ryan take us into their creative workspaces to reveal the stories behind their unique artworks which form part of the fabric of the new Geelong Arts Centre.
In this video collection, viewers will hear directly from the artists and artist mentor Kiri Tawhai as they share personal stories about their connection to Country, their inspiration, their influences, as well as the fabrication journey to present these works.