The Arts Centre

You can't miss the Arts Centre. It's the building beneath the white spire, next to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV International) a little way along St Kilda Road from Flinders Street Railway Station and Federation Square heading out of the city centre.

It's a very unusual building. The wavy shape at the bottom of the spire is designed to reflect a ballet dancer's tutu.

Arts Centre from Yarra River

You'll usually find free exhibitions and there are often free things for children to do too........

........The booklets you can pick up in the Centre seem to have more details on free events than the website does, so if you're in the area pop in and pick them up.

When I last went there was an exhibition for kids of puppet type animal 'actors' that have appeared on stage........

.........There were cats, dogs, mice, ducks, elephants, crows, dragons, firebirds, Alice's mock turtle, Ossie ostrich, Gulliver's eagle, Sir Lancelot's horse and some mermaids which you could stick your head through and get photographed.......

......There's a photo of me as one of the mermaids but I decided it might destroy my street credibility to have it on this website!........

........It was a good exhibition though.........

.........The exhibition I saw before that was about Australian women rock and roll singers which was also very good.

The Arts Centre with the tutu effect

If you just wander around inside you'll find a lot of interesting things to look at. They have display cases of things like costumes, aboriginal art in the Playhouse foyer and art exhibits in the Icon Gallery. These art exhibits change periodically, chosen from the Centre's extensive art collections.

Check out the map below to see where The Art Centre is.

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The fantastic Sidney Myer Music Bowl is also part of the Centre. Check out this page as they have occasional free concerts here and it's a great place for a family day out with a picnic.

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