Gasworks Arts Park
Architect: 1872, Grant Amon Architects 2005, Gregory Burgess architect 2017
Inner South | IS07
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.
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 the Gasworks Café.
Need to Know
Open: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 10am–4pm
Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided + Open Entry, Self-guided
Tour Details: Saturday tours at 11am and 1pm running
Access: Limited mobility, all ages
Notes: Photography restrictions, refreshments available, covered shoes, toilets available
Kids Activity: Play with Clay and Wildflower Printing drop in activities from 11am to 4pm.
Building Type: Cultural
Architecture Era: Victorian (1851-1901)
Transport: Tram stop: Graham St/Victoria Ave on route 1
Photo Credit: Daryl Groves
21 Graham Street, Albert Park VIC 3206, Albert Park VIC