Belconnen-Arts-Centre under construction

The Belconnen Arts Centre during construction.

12 June 2020

Construction has finished on the $15 million Belconnen Arts Centre expansion, with the centre now double the size.

While the centre will remain closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, Belconnen residents can look forward to an extra 160 square metres of exhibition space, accommodating for an additional 10 exhibitions per year.

The expanded centre also includes a new theatre space, with seating for 400 patrons. The flexible design of the space means the theatre is adaptable to a wide range of productions and audience experiences.

Patrons and performers can also look forward to a new dance and rehearsal studio, new dressing rooms and a green room, new café and bar facilities as well as improved landscaping.

Belconnen Arts Centre co-CEO Jack Lloyd said there was no other facility like this in the ACT.

“It will support the creation and presentation of new works across every artform and help creative professionals extend their practice nationally and internationally,” he said.

“We will challenge artists to be bold, think big, and transform the blank canvases of the theatre and galleries for a new audience experience every time."

The expansion has already had a large impact on local employment, with over 150 contractors and 42 local businesses completing the works. For five of these companies, this work overlapped with the COVID-19 pandemic and contributed to supporting these companies through this challenging time.

The expanded centre is expected to bring more performances, exhibitions and community events to the Emu Bank precinct, while also creating an extra three jobs for arts workers.

“The whole community will be welcomed to visit, enjoy and participate,” said Mr Lloyd.

For more information, visit the Belconnen Arts Centre website.

To find out about help, advice and support during COVID-19, go to covid19.act.gov.au.

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