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Gasworks Arts Park

Architect: Grant Amon Architects 2004/2005

South | S24

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.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat & Sun 10am-4pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: Performing and Visual Arts areas

  • Tour Details: Tours at Saturday at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, running for 30 minutes, in groups of 30. Tours depart from the foyer

  • Special Programming: Play with Clay andWildflower Printing drop in activities from 11am to 4pm. ‘Inhabitants’ group exhibition by the Gasworks Studio Artists. A Historical Photograph display of the evolution of Gasworks from the 1880’s to present day. A theatre performance of ‘Letters to Lindy’ is also happening at 7.30pm on Saturday night

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Transport: Tram stop: Graham St/Victoria Ave on route 1

  • Photo Credit: Gasworks Marketing Archive

  • Tour Type: Guided & self-guided

Location

21 Graham Street, Albert Park 3206, VIC

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