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The integration of cutting-edge audiovisual technologies, including an immersive audio system and modular video wall, overcomes the acoustic and scenographic limitations of the heritage fabric, while allowing students to gain valuable production experience using the most sophisticated equipment available
Key heritage features like the brickwork, stained glass windows, and organ were professionally restored as part of required conservation works. This image features the beautifully preserved original vaulted ceiling
An especially sensitive part of the project has been the restumping of the historic organ made by Lewis & Sons of London. The organ is of exceptional quality and is a unique feature of the new performing arts space
The beautiful stained-glass windows have been restored and reinstalled and wrap around a monolithic tiered seating bank adorned with a control desk for the theatre space
The inviting main foyer of the Performing Arts Centre, St George’s welcomes audiences into this glorious new space.
The integration of cutting-edge audiovisual technologies, including an immersive audio system and modular video wall, overcomes the acoustic and scenographic limitations of the heritage fabric, while allowing students to gain valuable production experience using the most sophisticated equipment available

St Michael’s Grammar School Performing Arts Centre, St George’s

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Kneeler Design Architects 2023

Description

St Michael’s Grammar School Performing Arts Centre, St George’s, is the remarkable transformation of the heritage-listed St George’s Uniting Church, situated on the St Michael’s Grammar School campus in St Kilda. Through thoughtful interventions, including a multifunctional brass ingot within the nave, this adaptive reuse project has breathed new life into the building. The original proportions and detailing of the space have been preserved, while cutting-edge audiovisual technologies have overcome acoustic limitations. Students now have unique opportunities to explore performing arts in an unconventional theatre environment. The result is a space that honours the past while shaping the future of talent in performing arts.

What's On

There will be presentations and a student performance. The director of performing arts will share insights into the artistic vision and significance of the redeveloped facility. The architects, Kneeler Design, will present the innovative design process and the benefits of the redevelopment. The audience will enjoy a performance by talented students, showcasing their artistic abilities in the new facility.

Between 9am-12pm and 1pm-3pm, visitors are invited to engage in self-guided tours throughout the space, with the opportunity to speak to key members of the project’s design team and the school.

For those curious about the architecture, there will be tours guided by the architect and members of the school, where you can learn about the thoughtful adaptations that revitalised the space while preserving its heritage fabric.

Images: (1-6) The Performing Arts Centre, St George’s, St Michael’s Grammar School. All photos: Scott Burrows.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 + Sunday 28 July
Open access 9am-3pm
Presentations (including student performance) at 12pm
Running for 60 minutes in a group of 200

Self-guided tours 9am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
No tours from 12pm-1pm

Meet at the reception of The Performing Arts Centre, St George’s at 4 Chapel Street, St Kilda.

ACCESSIBILITY

Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom

Location

4 Chapel St, St Kilda VIC 3182

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