ArtPlay Space

Type of space: Multi-use Space, Music Performance Venue, Music Rehearsal Space, Performance venue, Visual Art Studio, Community Hall

    The City of Melbourne is temporarily closing its public libraries and cultural and recreations centres to try to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus within our workforce and community.

    ArtPlay will be closed from  Monday 16 March 2020 until Tuesday 31 March 2020, with the possibility of this closure being extended.  

    ArtPlay Space is a large flexible space, ideal for book launches, music and performance, team building exercises, creative development workshops, rehearsals and meetings. 

    ArtPlay is a light filled arts studio located within an inner city park, Birrarung Marr, by the Yarra River. The building is the former Jolimont Lecture Hall circa 1917, owned by the Victorian Railways. Its purpose was for the initial and ongoing training of the Electric Train Drivers.

    Today, ArtPlay is a nationally acknowledged arts centre for children and families. Established in 2004, an annual program of high quality activities for children and families where children are seen as creators and artistic collaborators.

    Access the venue hire application form here.


    Pricing Terms

    Price includes one staff. Additional staff may be required and will be dependent on the size and nature of the event.

    Lease Conditions

    Availability of space is upon request. Venue hire is short term only - half day or full day.

    Parking Notes

    Nearest parking facility is located at Federation Square.

    This space is suitable for ArchitectureArts and CraftCeramicsCircusDanceDrawingExhibitionsInstallationMeetingsPaintingPerformancePrintmakingProject SpaceSculptureSingingSpoken WordWorkshopsWriting


    • Floor Dimensions 190.00 meters sq.
    • Ceiling Height Very High (4m +)
    • Max. Capacity 90


    For audience
    • Accessible toilet

    • Drop-off point

    • Entrance ramps

    • Flexible layout

    • Public transport

    • Smooth ground surface

    • Suitable emergency exits

    • Suitable lighting

    • Wheelchair accessible

    • Wide hallways / entrance