A metal scale bridge from the 1800s, used to weigh carts carrying coal brought up from the harbor to be used at the gas plants.
Interior shot of the heritage Grand Foyer
Interior shot of the Angela Robarts-Bird Gallery
Interior shot of the Heritage Hallway
Interior shot of the Heritage Ceramic Studios
Exterior shot of the bespoke copper Tree Gate
Exterior shot of the Heritage Ceramic Studio
Exterior shot of the Heritage Gasworks Theatre and public art sculpture 'The Angel'

Gasworks Arts Park

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1872, Grant Amon Architects 2005, Gregory Burgess 2017

Description

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: home to two theatres, three gallery spaces, studios for 15 resident artists and workshop venues.

Gasworks Arts Park is now a vibrant arts precinct, on the site of the former South Melbourne Gas Plant situated in Albert Park, just three kilometres from the CBD. The precinct is nestled in four hectares of park with the buildings housing two theatres, three gallery spaces, a café, as well as function and workshop spaces.

What's On

Gasworks has 15 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.

Over the weekend visitors can visit the open studios of our resident artists working in former workshops that still retain original features, and also see a display of historical photographs showing the evolution of Gasworks from the 1880s to now.

Children's Activities

There will be Clay in the Park, where soft clay tiles can be decorated by children using a range of tools and coloured slips. The tiles will be fired in our community kiln and can be collected during the Farmers Market on August 17. There will also be wildflower pressing activities on both days.

Images: (1) The weighbridge on Graham Street. Photo: courtesy of Daryl Groves. (2-5) Gasworks, interiors. Photo: courtesy of Raagini Ram. (6-8) Gasworks, exteriors. Photo: courtesy of Daryl Groves.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 + Sunday 28 July 
Open access 11am-3pm

Clay in the Park children's activity runs 1pm-2pm
No bookings required

Wildflower Pressing children's activity runs 11am-3pm
No bookings required

ACCESSIBILITY

Partially wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom

The theatre, galleries and café are fully wheelchair accessible. The studios are partially wheelchair accessible via a bluestone pathway to the visual arts and ceramics studios.

Location

21 Graham St, Albert Park VIC 3206

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