Open House Melbourne

WHEN
Saturday 27 July
Sunday 28 July

TIME
10am to 4pm

TOURS
Behind-the-scenes tehatre tours on Saturday running between 11 and 2pm. Tours depart regularly from the theatres foyer

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING
Play with Clay and Wildflower Printing drop in activities from 11am to 4pm in the ceramics and visual art studios.
A Historical Photograph display of the evolution of Gasworks from the 1880’s to present day.

FREE ENTRY

ACCESS
Wheelchair Accessible

Open House Melbourne

Gasworks Arts Park is an art and performance space on the former site of the South Melbourne Gas Plant. The industrial buildings have been transformed into an inner-urban gathering place for creative minds: home to two theatres, three gallery spaces, studios for 15 resident artists and art class and workshop venues, all within 5 hectares of enclosed parkland.

The South Melbourne Gas Plant was built in 1872 and operated 24 hours a day, employing several hundred workers until it closed in 1957. It was derelict for a generation before the transformation into an arts precinct began in the 1970s. Traces of late 19th century manufacturing can still be seen on site. The old salt works building has new life as a sculpture studio, and laboratories have been repurposed as a café and gallery for the public. The old weighbridge and bollards – to stop horse-drawn trams with coal from crashing into buildings – are still intact. The pumps that powered the plant are gone, however the building that housed them remains the dominant building of the park, now the Gasworks Theatre.

WHATS ON
Visit the Main Theater, the Studio Theater and back of house areas. There are two Visual Art Galleries; the Heritage Hallway and Resident Artist Studios on site. Relax and refresh at Priscilla Jones Café.

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