A quick guide to Melbourne’s Arts Precinct


Art is everywhere in Melbourne. Performances and exhibitions are consistently taking place all over the city, it’s a big part of what makes Melbourne what it is.

While Melburnians love art done small scale, their appetite for the big performances, exhibitions, acts is never wavering. Ques of people 500 metres long waiting into the wee hours to see an exhibition of the works of Pablo Picasso, it’s happened.

And when there is something big in town, the city’s art loving inhabitants know where to go – Melbourne’s Arts Precinct, located on and around St Kilda Road and Southbank Boulevard. Here’s your quick guide to what’s what in the precinct.

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest and most visited gallery. Situated over two magnificent buildings – NGV International and NGV Australia – the Gallery hosts a wide range of international and local artists, exhibitions, programs and events; from contemporary art to major international historic exhibitions, fashion and design, architecture, sound and dance.

Melbourne Recital Centre

The newest addition to Melbourne’s arts precinct, this purpose built recital centre comprises two of the finest acoustic spaces in the southern hemisphere and showcases the best music, artists and ensembles from around the world.

The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet performs a mix of classical and contemporary ballets from Australian and international choreographers past and present. The ballet has a rich history that has been influenced by dancers and teachers from all over the world. Each year the Australian Ballet gives approximately 200 performances.

Malthouse Theatre

Located in a 19th century brewery, the Malthouse is one of Melbourne’s best contemporary theatres. The theatre runs an eclectic program of multi-disciplinary work where all theatre arts are richly explored.

Melbourne Theatre Company

The popular MTC is Melbourne continually produces fantastic dramatic and comedic productions that draw audiences from all around Australia. A favourite with Melbourne theatre lovers.

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is Melbourne’s leading contemporary art space, and the only major gallery in Australia focused on commissioning rather than collecting.

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (left) & Malthouse Theatre

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (left) & Malthouse Theatre

Arts Centre Melbourne

Sitting under one of Melbourne’s most recognisable symbols – its 137m tall spire – Melbourne’s Art Centre is Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts centre. For nearly 30 years it various venues – including Hamer Hall, the State Theatre, the Playhouse, Fairfax Studio and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl – have showcased the best performing artists from Australia and around the world.

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Every Sunday local artisan producers set up their stalls on the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Lawn to showcase their unique, handmade goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made delicacies. The market runs from 10am-4pm.

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