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A metal scale bridge from the 1800s, used to weigh carts carrying coal brought up from the harbour to be used at the gas plants.
Exterior shot of the administration building, a heritage red brick building.
Interior shot of the new theatre seating bank, rows of black padded seats for audiences to watch theatre or listen to live music.

Gasworks Arts Park: Historical buildings re-purposed for community use

1872, Grant Amon Architects 2005, Gregory Burgess architect 2017


The South Melbourne Gas Plant was built in 1872 and operated 24 hours a day until it closed in 1957. In 1986 the industrial buildings were transformed into an inner-urban gathering place for creative minds. Gasworks Arts Park is now a vibrant arts precinct on the site of the former South Melbourne Gas Plant situated in Albert Park. The site is just three kilometres from the CBD and the precinct houses four hectares of park, two theatres, three gallery spaces, a café, as well as function and workshop spaces.

Gasworks has 16 resident artists who work from studios that were originally workshops for the South Melbourne Gas Works and we invite everyone to come and see how these old, utilitarian, buildings have been re-purposed to become places of creativity.

What's On

Over the weekend visitors can enjoy open studios of the resident artists, Play with Clay and Wildflower Pressing activities for children, and a historical photographic display of the evolution of Gasworks from the 1880s to present day.

Children's Activities

Play with Clay and Wildflower Pressing activities for children from 11am-3pm both days.

Images: (1) The Weighbridge on Graham Street. Photo: Daryl Groves. (2) The Office Building. Photo: Daryl Groves. (3) The Main Theatre. Photo: Daryl Groves.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 + Sunday 30 July
Open access 11am-3pm


Accessible parking nearby, Partially wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom


All Ages


21 Graham Street, Albert Park VIC 3206

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