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Illustration showing a colourful public garden in the evening. In the distance is the tall spire of the Melbourne arts centre and a large grey wall of the NGV International gallery. There are lots of people walking around the garden including a family with a young daughter and a grandfather in a wheelchair, a young man in a white teeshirt and baseball cap and an older couple who like they are going to the theatre.

Photograph taken from the air of a building made up of lots of triangles that lit up in the colours of the rainbow.

Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation and Fed Square walking tour

Fed Square: Lab architecture studio and Bates Smart 2022. MAPT project. The Fox: NGV Contemporary is being designed by Angelo Candalepas & Associates. The urban garden has been designed by HASSELL, with SO-IL and Nigel Dunnett and James Hitchmough. The Arts Centre Melbourne components of the precinct have been designed by NH Architecture, in partnership with Snøhetta.


The Melbourne Arts Precinct Corporation (MAP Co) was established in 2021 to operate Melbourne’s iconic gathering space, Fed Square, and oversee the delivery of Australia’s largest ever cultural infrastructure project, the Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation (MAPT). This project will deliver The Fox NGV Contemporary, and involve the redevelopment of Arts Centre Melbourne and 18,000 square metres of new public parklands connecting the precinct across Birrarung/Yarra River.

Participants will also get a behind-the-scenes look at Melbourne's iconic Fed Square, learning more about the architectural and engineering feats behind its distinctive deconstructionist design.

What's On

This tour will walk participants through how we are bringing a single continuous art, civic, and cultural precinct to life, going behind the scenes at Fed Square and the Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation project.

Images: (1) Artist render of Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation project. Photo: Darc Studios. (2) Fed Square lit up at night for IDAHOBIT week. Photo: Joel Strickland.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 + Sunday 30 July
Tours run 10am, 12.30pm + 3pm
Running for 90 minutes in groups of 15
Bookings required
First release tickets: Thursday 6 July, 12pm
Second release tickets: Saturday 8 July, 10am
Participants must wear closed toe shoes, long trousers and long sleeves. Some level of fitness required to walk for 90 minutes, including up and down stairs.


12 years and above


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