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Temperance Hall

South | S14

Temperance Hall – completed in 1888 – is a double-storey lodging and lecture hall. Since 2016 it has been home to one of Australia’s leading dance and interdisciplinary arts companies, Phillip Adams BalletLab. Temperance Hall is a contemporary art and performance venue comprising a Main Hall, two artist studios, offices and a residential apartment. Onsite activities include performing and visual arts creation, residency, exhibition and performance. The Emerald Hill Total Abstinence Society – one of the influential temperance movements that shaped social life in 19th century Melbourne – began construction of the hall in 1861. As well as the Abstinence Society, the hall was used by a large number of 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 a unique artist-led interdisciplinary complex open for visitors to explore on Saturday 28 July.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • What's Open: Main Hall, Studio Upstairs, Foyer area

  • Special Note: Main Hall is accessible, but the Upstairs Studio is not.

  • Tour Type: S14

  • Tour Details: Tour at 2pm, running for 45minutes, in group 40

  • Access: Pram accessible, Able bodied access only

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Special Programming: Tour will feature Temperance Hall Artistic Director Phillip Adams in conversation with Working Heritage Executive Officer Ross Turnbull.

  • Year Built: 1888

  • Transport: Stop 130a: Raglan St on route 12.

  • Photo Credit: EVER, Phillip Adams BalletLab, Melbourne Festival 2017. Photo: Jeff Busby


199 Napier St, South Melbourne 3205, VIC


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