Our partial re-opening plans

We are delighted to announce the partial re-opening of Geelong Arts Centre, commencing July 13 2020.

Our new Ryrie Street Building will fully open to the public, offering a range of services and opportunities for our community – including rehearsal and performance spaces and the return of our Creative Engine program. More detail below.

Complementing our onsite activity, we will continue to offer a rich online experience through our popular Where Creativity Meets At Home series. Stay tuned for more fantastic live-stream performances, behind the scenes moments, digital content and creative activities on our website and social media channels for our audiences.

We will also be introducing a new live stream service for hirers and community groups who wish to create their own livestream events – providing the space, technology and expertise to do so.

Our re-opening plan follows the Victorian Government’s directions on the gradual easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, which are subject to ongoing review. We are putting a range of health, hygiene and physical distancing measure in place, in line with government guidelines, to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. We also encourage all visitors to use the Australian Government’s COVID Safe app.

Given physical distancing requirements and other challenges, we will not be in a position to open the Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Costa Hall for public performances in 2020. This has been a difficult but necessary decision to make and we continue to work on new and innovative ways to support our local creative community and connect with audiences. Deakin University will look to welcome performances back to Costa Hall in 2021.

Box Office staff are actively contacting ticket holders of cancelled shows to process refunds. Credit card refunds are processed automatically. We ask that if you have the ability, consider donating the equivalent amount to enable us to support our artists and the industry. We will provide information on how to do this via email. If you have an enquiry, please email our Box Office.

We can’t wait to welcome you back to Geelong Arts Centre and see our beautiful new spaces in the Ryrie Street section of our building brought back to life.

What will be open?

All of our recently redeveloped Ryrie Street building and foyers including:

Studios 1, 2 and 3

Rehearsal and performance studio space, perfectly suited to all forms of the arts along with the capacity for fully catered corporate events, conferences and meeting spaces.

Studio 4

This purpose-built multi-purpose studio, ideal for performance, fully catered corporate events, conferences, meeting spaces and rehearsals.

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Creative Engine co-working space

The co-working space provides an incredible opportunity to connect with like-minded creative practitioners from diverse disciplines and foster new ideas, collaborations, networking and skills-sharing opportunities.


What’s Next?

Geelong Arts Centre’s Summer Season!

Supported by major artistic partner Deakin University. Early in 2021 Geelong Arts Centre will curate a collection of exciting performances, cabaret, talks and collaborations with our local artistic community.

This will be a time to celebrate Geelong’s love of theatre and performance together again.


Where Creativity Meets at Home

During the shutdown, Geelong Arts Centre adapted and produced Where Creativity Meets At Home and allowed us to continue to employ artists to perform live from our stage and be streamed direct to your homes.

This has proven to be incredibly successful and we will continue to provide this entertainment and support of artists throughout 2020 with entertainment and content for families, adults and educators


Little Malop Street Redevelopment

The next phase of the Geelong Arts Centre’s redevelopment is commencing in 2020.

The redevelopment will completely transform the existing Little Malop Street building, providing a 500-seat, 250-seat, and black box theatre, an outdoor atrium, more dining options, an upgraded box office and refurbished back-of-house and administration facilities.

Design is underway and we look forward to sharing more with you soon.

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We look forward seeing you at Geelong Arts Centre from July 13.