Melbourne Arts Precinct


Located in the inner city suburb of Southbank, the Melbourne Arts Precinct has one of the highest concentrations of arts, cultural and creative organisations anywhere in the world – and presents up to 3000 performances and exhibitions every year. It’s home to the most visited art gallery and busiest performing arts centre in Australia, the best arts education and training institutions, art galleries, theatres, music venues, public art, studios, creative co-working spaces and more.

The Melbourne Arts Precinct is currently represented in GCDN by Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Recital Centre, but also includes the National Gallery of Victoria, The Australian Ballet and The Australian Ballet School, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Melbourne Theatre Company, Chunky Move, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Malthouse Theatre, among many other smaller theatres, galleries, eateries and more.

Sitting beneath its iconic Spire, Arts Centre Melbourne is Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts centre. It is home to The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Theatre Company and Opera Australia and has been committed to showcasing the best of Australian and international performing arts for nearly 40 years. Together with its own program of performances, events and activities it offers a diversity of audiences a distinctly multidimensional approach to participation, education and entertainment.

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2019, the Melbourne Recital Centre is an acclaimed music destination combining architectural innovation and acoustic perfection within its two world-class performance spaces to showcase the best music, artists and ensembles from around the world. The building contains two performances spaces: Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, a 1,000-seat venue, and the Primrose Potter Salon, a 150-seat intimate performance space. Since 2009, the Melbourne Recital Centre has produced hundreds of shows annually, focusing on a wide array of world-class music. It is home to a vibrant community of Victorian and national chamber music ensembles, and is a venue for acclaimed companies such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian National Academy of Music, Australian String Quartet, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva and Victorian Opera.

The Victorian Government is now working to transform the Melbourne Arts Precinct into one of the great creative and cultural destinations in the world. The Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation will introduce major new attractions such as NGV Contemporary – set to be Australia’s largest gallery dedicated to contemporary art and design – and Arts Centre Melbourne’s new creative hub at 1 City Road, which will feature a new Australian Performing Arts Gallery, an expanded Australian Music Vault that celebrates Australia’s contemporary music story, and facilities for Victoria’s small-to-medium and independent arts sector. The project will also modernise Arts Centre Melbourne’s Theatres Building – under the city’s landmark Spire – through its first major upgrade since opening in 1984. Complementing the precinct’s existing facilities will be 18,000 square metres of new and renewed pedestrian and garden areas to seamlessly connect the surrounding neighbourhood with the amazing array of cultural institutions at its heart.


Transforming Melbourne Arts Precinct in Southbank into one of the great creative and cultural destinations in the world.

Reason for joining GCDN

Being part of a global network of likeminded institutions enables knowledge sharing and benchmarking against best practice, alongside opportunities for collaboration and partnerships with the best and brightest creative minds across the world. As we work towards transforming the Melbourne Arts Precinct into a contemporary, connected neighbourhood where visitors can experience the world’s best art, music and performance, and where our next generation of creative talent can thrive, the conversations and relationships we have with our peers will ensure we can deliver on our mission.

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Claire Spencer

CEO, Arts Centre Melbourne


Euan Murdoch

CEO, Melbourne Recital Centre


Joined GCDN: 2016

District Size



Melbourne, Australia


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