$42.5 million project set to transform the VCA

February 14 / 130

VCA Redevelopment Artist Impression Credit:Nick King
VCA Redevelopment Artist Impression Credit:Nick King

A project worth more than $42 million to redevelop the Dodds Street stables into a visual arts wing at the Victorian College of the Arts has been announced by the University and the Victorian Government.

The redevelopment will strengthen the VCA and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s position in the centre of Melbourne’s arts precinct. 

Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said the project would be a major boost to the VCA and MCM and arts precinct in Melbourne and would further open the campus to the community.

“The arts and our cultural heritage are such important attributes to both the University and the City of Melbourne. 

“We are delighted this initiative will further add to the cultural vitality of our city and will provide a valuable creative learning hub for tomorrow’s leading artists,” said Professor Davis.

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine said the redevelopment would transform the VCA and MCM campus in Southbank into an exciting destination for arts and cultural activity. 

“The redevelopment project, the largest in the history of the VCA, will create public performance, event and exhibition spaces across the campus and surrounding streets, as well as a series of laneways, public thoroughfares and gardens.

“The VCA campus sits among some of Victoria’s pre-eminent arts institutions. This project will not only ensure that the VCA maintains its high standards in arts training and research, it will open up the campus to the wider community,” Dr Napthine said.

Dean of the Faculty of the VCA and MCM Professor Barry Conyngham said he was delighted at the redevelopment of the campus. 

“The redevelopment is an exciting opportunity for the entire Faculty of the VCA and MCM. The redevelopment of the stables and plans to incorporate the conservatorium into the Southbank campus will further strengthen our standing in the arts community,” he said. 

The project, expected to be completed by 2016, is supported by the Victorian Government, the University and the Faculty of the VCA and MCM.  

Major gifts to the Campaign, totalling $10 million, from philanthropic bodies the Myer Foundation, the Ian Potter Foundation and Martyn and Louise Myer, played a key role in its realisation.

The project is a significant milestone for the University’s Believe – the Campaign, which aims to raise $500 million by the end of 2017 to support student scholarship, experience and investment in the University’s world-leading research.  

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