Centre to reopen in July

Geelong Arts Centre's Studio 4 is set to reopen.

Geelong Arts Centre is set to partially reopen on July 13 with the organisation planning to make four studios available to the public.

The centre would reopen the studios along with a “co-working” space while enforcing additional hygiene and physical-distancing measures, according to chief executive officer Joel McGuiness.

“We can’t wait to welcome you back to Geelong Arts Centre and see our beautiful new spaces brought back to life,” he said.

“Our re-opening plan follows the Victorian Government’s directions on the gradual easing of coronavirus restrictions, which are subject to ongoing review.”

Studios 1, 2 and 3 are suited to dance and other rehearsals with the capacity for corporate events, conferences and meetings.

Studio 4 includes a stage suited for performances, rehearsals and conferences.

But Geelong Arts Centre’s live-audience shows will remain on hold for now, with its live-streaming series to continue during July.

Mr McGuiness foreshadowed the return of live shows during the centre’s upcoming summer season.

“Early in 2021 Geelong Arts Centre will curate a collection of exciting performances, cabaret, talks and collaborations with our local artistic community,” he said.

“This will be a time to celebrate Geelong’s love of theatre and performance together again.”

The redevelopment of Geelong Arts Centre’s Little Malop Street building is also set to begin this year, although the centre has yet to announce the date.

The development includes 500-seat, 250-seat and black box theatres, an outdoor atrium, an upgraded box office and refurbished back-of-house and administration facilities.

“Design is underway and we look forward to sharing more with you soon,” Mr McGuiness said.

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