Ararat Arts Precinct Redevelopment
Built in 1898, Ararat Town Hall is one of western Victoria's grandest public buildings. The Ararat Arts Precinct Redevelopment aims to more formally establish the Town Hall as a regionally significant arts precinct and secure the long term tenancy and viability of the Ararat Performing Arts Centre (APAC) and the Ararat Regional Art Gallery (ARAG).
Ararat Rural City Council is committed to securing a vastly improved long term outcome for its premier civic building and its cultural services and has directed $1.49m towards this redevelopment project. The Victorian Government has committed $3.7m to support the project, and the Australian Government has committed $945,000 through the National Stronger Regions program. A community campaign will raise $100,000 through donations and fundraising.
The Victorian Government helped to unveil the concept designs for the Ararat Arts Precinct Redevelopment, which will increase the town’s ability to attract major exhibitions and nationally recognised performers to the region, boosting the local economy and creating jobs.
Designed by architectural firm Williams Boag, the concept plans include an expansion of the Ararat Regional Art Gallery, a refurbishment of the Ararat Performing Arts Centre entrance, foyer and box office and the building of a new green room, café, improved storage, and theatre technical upgrade.