Testing Grounds

Type of space: Multi-use Space, Non Traditional (e.g. foyer, waiting room, bus shelter, letter-boxes), Photography Location, Photography Studio, Pop-up Space, Rehearsal Space

    Located in the heart of the Arts Precinct, Testing Grounds provides a unique space for creative practice and short-term studio needs.

    Ideal for those looking for a memorable workshop or meeting space or to host an activity which will thrive off the diverse range of other creative activities occurring here at the same time. 

    Spaces for hire include the three (3) enclosed 'Boxes' (Clear Box #1, White Box #2 or Black Box #3), and the Grounds. 

    See link to our facilities and equipment gallery for more detailed descriptions and photos: 


    Coffee bar on site in the mornings. 

    Please note as this is a programmed public art space, and the entire site is generally not available for hire. The costs listed here relate to hiring space for meetings, workshops, rehearsals, development work, or small scale activities. For any events open to the public or requiring operational support from Testing Grounds staff, please contact us about our commercial hire options. 


    • Wifi 
    • Toilets 
    • Bike parking 
    • Outdoor break-out space 
    • Reverse cycle air conditioning 
    • Desks / workbenches 
    • Chairs / audience benches
    • Plinths 

    Pricing Terms

    1/2 day = 4hrs - 10am - 2pm OR 2pm - 6pm

    Full day = 10am - 6pm, Monday - Saturday

    Additional on-cost for use after 6pm or on a Sunday:

    Additional $25/hr after 6pm

    Additional $50/hr on a Sunday

    All prices are excluding GST.

    Special Requirements

    Small event bar in operation when other creative events taking place.

    Not available for hire or special events.

    Lease Conditions

    Lease and availability dependent on other activities programmed by the site.

    Parking Notes

    Temporary loading zone available on site.

    Parking available in the Australian Ballet Centre Car Park next door, located at 2 Kavanagh Street, Southbank, directly behind the Arts Centre Melbourne.

    The Australian Ballet Centre Car Park is open 6am to 1am, except Sundays (9am to 11pm).

    See Australian Ballet Centre website for rates & more info.

    This space is suitable for ArchitectureCircusCo-workingDanceDrawingFashionIndustrial DesignInstallationInterior DesignMeetingsPhotoshootsSpoken WordWorkshopsWriting


    • Floor Dimensions 36.00 meters sq.
    • Ceiling Height High (3m - 4m)
    • Max. Capacity 40
    • Floorplan Download


    For audience
    • Accessible toilet

    • Disabled parking

    • Entrance ramps

    • Public transport

    • Seating for vision impaired

    • Suitable emergency exits

    • Wheelchair accessible

    For performers
    • Performer disabled toilet

    • Reachable door handles

    • Suitable emergency exits