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Exploding the Box: The Future of Performing Arts Centre Design


In the past few decades, arts centre design has failed to respond to audience diversity, cultural difference, and performance multiplicity. We see the same old stuff and audience numbers continue to decline. Is it due to a lack of flexibility in performance spaces? The drabness of dark, black spaces? Do these places turn their back on their communities?

The 2024 Stephen Ashton Address, to be held at the recently completed Geelong Arts Centre, will bring together leading arts and cultural curators to explore contemporary trends in theatre and performance art and how architecture and design can encourage diverse audience engagement.

About the Stephen Ashton Address

The Stephen Ashton Address is an annual public lecture in memory of the late Stephen Ashton, one of ARM Architecture's founding directors who passed away in 2016.

The Stephen Ashton Address is supported by ARM Architecture and Dr Rosemary Nixon AM.

Photo: Peter Foster.

Important Details

Time & Date

Sunday 18 February

Free, bookings required


Fully wheelchair accessible


50 Little Malop St, Geelong VIC 3220

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