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Concept render of the future Melbourne Arts Precinct public realm with Arts Centre Melbourne and NGV International behind.
Concept render of the new contemporary art and design gallery The Fox: NGV Contemporary by Angelo Candalepas and Associates, and future public realm in the Melbourne Arts Precinct.

Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation Tour

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The Fox: NGV Contemporary is designed by Angelo Candalepas and Associates. Arts Centre Melbourne components have been designed by NH Architecture, in partnership with Snøhetta. The urban garden is designed by HASSELL in partnership with SO-IL, horticulturalists Nigel Dunnett and James Hitchmough, and Jac Semmler of Super Bloom.


The Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation is the largest cultural infrastructure project in Australia's history and is set to transform the precinct into one of the greatest creative and cultural destinations in the world. The city-shaping project will deliver The Fox: NGV Contemporary—a new gallery dedicated to contemporary art and design—and significant upgrades to Arts Centre Melbourne’s Theatres Building, as well as a new 18,000-square-metre urban garden.

This tour provides a special opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of this once-in-a-generation project that will create a legacy for years to come.

Melbourne Arts Precinct Corporation is a Major Practice Partner for the Open House Melbourne Weekend. A booking fee waiver for this program is made possible through this partnership.

What's On

This tour will walk participants through the Melbourne Arts Precinct to explore how a single continuous arts, civic, and cultural precinct will be brought to life through a major rejuvenation.

Participants will visit key sites that are part of the transformation and hear from experts involved with the project. It will provide the rare opportunity to go behind-the-scenes in the Precinct to learn more about the exciting changes ahead, including the new 18,000-square-metre urban garden, significant upgrades to Arts Centre Melbourne and the new contemporary art and design gallery, The Fox: NGV Contemporary.

Images: (1) Concept render of public realm with Arts Centre Melbourne and NGV International behind. Photo: Secchi Smith. (2) Concept render of The Fox: NGV Contemporary by Angelo Candalepas and Associates, and public realm, facing south. Photo: Darcstudio.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 + Sunday 28 July
Tours run 10am, 11am + 12pm
Running for 45 minutes in groups of 14

Bookings required—$7 booking fee waived
First release tickets: 12pm Wednesday 3 July
Second release tickets: 12pm Saturday 6 July

Meet at the Forward Surge sculpture on St Kilda Rd. As this is a walking tour, closed in shoes are recommended.
This tour will conclude at the pedestrian footbridge between the Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre and the Arts Centre Melbourne forecourt, Southbank VIC 3004.



Accessible parking nearby, Auslan interpreter available on request


Forward Surge Art Installation, 1 City Rd, Southbank VIC 3006

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