Temperance Hall

South | S28

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Temperance Hall, completed in 1888 as a double-storey lodging and lecture hall, is now home to one of Australia’s leading dance and interdisciplinary arts companies, Phillip Adams BalletLab. Temperance Hall is both the city’s newest contemporary art and performance venue for creation, residency, exhibition and performance, as well as an iconic South Melbourne building with a rich history. The Emerald Hill Total Abstinence Society — one of the influential Temperance movements that shaped social life in 19th century Melbourne — built a hall on this site in 1863. As well as the Abstinence Society, the hall was used by many social clubs, political parties and societies, and hosted alcohol-free concerts, dances and performances. Anthill Theatre made the space their home in the 1980s and from that point, the building has had an association with the performing arts. Working Heritage has managed the hall since 2012. Temperance Hall is the first artist-led interdisciplinary complex in Australia comprising a main hall, studios, and residential apartment. It is an experimental home for Phillip Adams BalletLab to make and present work alongside others through a curatorial framework shaped by the Artistic Director, Phillip Adams.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm - Booking required for this building

  • Heritage Listed: Yes

  • What's Open: Main Hall and foyer, Upstairs Studio and Apartment

  • Special Note: Main Hall accessible, Second Floor accessible via stairsLimited mobility access

  • Tour Type: Pre-booked & self-guided

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  • Tour Details: Bookings open Monday 17 July 8:30 am until booked out, small booking fee applies. A direct link to the Eventbrite listing for this building will become available before tickets going on sale. Tours at 11:30am and another at 2pm with Ross Turnball and Phillip Adams. 30 people for approximetly 30 minutes

  • Special Programming: The tour will feature Temperance Hall Artistic Director Phillip Adams in conversation with Working Heritage Executive Director Ross Turnball.

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Pram access, Toilets

  • Year Built: 1888

  • Tram Stops: Stop 130a: Raglan St on route 12.

  • Photo Credit: James Wright


199 Napier St, South Melbourne 3205, VIC


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