The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts
The award-winning Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts at Monash Clayton campus is a truly contemporary facility with three state-of-the-art live performance venues:
– The revitalised 561-seat Alexander Theatre
– The new 130-seat David Li Sound Gallery
– The new 176-seat fully flexible live music venue, The Count’s
The Alexander Theatre is its largest venue and a significant foundational building of Monash University. The refurbished theatre retains its original foundations and architectural ambitions. Its proscenium theatre is the first in Australia to install a Meyer Sound Constellation active acoustic system, which enables digitally adjusted acoustics to suit a wide range of performances.
The David Li Sound Gallery with its emphasis on intimacy and active acoustic system is ideal for a wide range of performances from chamber music through to experimental ensembles. It is complemented by The Count’s jazz club, a live music venue functioning as a cafe during the day and a fully catered venue at night. Opening to a generous outdoor terrace it has a capacity for up to 200 guests.
These venues herald a new era for the performing arts in Melbourne’s south-east by providing world-class facilities for international standard professional productions, students, and local community groups.
Take a tour led by Monash University Performing Arts Centres and Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design. This unique behind-the-scenes access will showcase the venue’s dynamic performance modes, treasured musical instruments, and include a live performance demonstrating the David Li Sound Gallery’s world-class active acoustic system. Visitors are encourage to also visit other Monash Clayton sites and make an afternoon of it!
Images: (1) Alexander Theatre fly tower clad with glass-reinforced concrete tiles. Photo: John Gollings. (2) The centre's main entry. Photo: James Thomas. (3) Architecture reflects on the Theatre's original modernist forms. Photo: John Gollings. (4) Sound gallery and landscape. Photo: John Gollings. (5) Performance in sound gallery. Photo: James Thomas. (6) Foyer and reception. Photo: John Gollings
Time & Date
Tours at 2 pm and 3pm
Running for 45 minutes in groups of 25 people.
Accessible parking nearby
48 Exhibition Walk, Clayton, Monash University VIC 3800