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The Geelong Arts Centre Revamp Will Feature a New Series of First Nations Artwork

Up to four new sound and visual works will be chosen as part of the multimillion-dollar redevelopment.
By Libby Curran
July 12, 2021
By Libby Curran
July 12, 2021

The Geelong Arts Centre is in the midst of an extensive, multimillion-dollar makeover which is set to deliver a suite of exciting new upgrades and refurbishments by the time it's completed in 2023. Now, that makeover will also feature a series of vibrant public artwork by First Nations artists.

As part of the $140 million Little Malop Street redevelopment, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Acting Minister for Creative Industries Gabrielle Williams put a call out for expressions of interest from First Nations sound and visual artists. From these submissions, the program will select up to four works that explore and reflect on the significant Indigenous connection to Country, history and culture of the region. The successful bids will be developed in conjunction with building and architect partners and incorporated into the creative precinct's makeover.

Geelong Arts Centre's Ryrie Street Building Illumination, inspired by 2021 Reconciliation Week Artwork 'Action' by Jessica Johnson.

Potential site locations for the artworks have already been identified, with expressions of interest open until July 29. Submissions can be made here.

Other key elements of the Geelong Arts Centre Little Malop Street redevelopment include box office upgrades, a suite of new performance spaces, and refurbishments to the administration and back-of-house facilities. Work kicked off last year, with the final project expected to be unveiled in 2023.

Expressions of interest are open now for First Nations artworks to be part of the Geelong Arts Centre redevelopment. To find out more, check out the website.

Top Image: Rory Gardiner

Published on July 12, 2021 by Libby Curran


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