Geelong has a quality and very lively arts scene. Our major Arts Precinct is bounded by Ryrie, Gheringhap, Fenwick Streets and Johnstone Park but there are dozens of galleries, theatres, exhibition spaces and arts venues throughout the region.
Geelong's Art Precinct is home to the Geelong Performing Arts Centre or GPAC, which caters for a full calendar of live performances of all types including music, theatre, operas, plays and stage shows. The theatres cater for local productions as well as shows and performances travelling from around Australia and overseas.
Opposite the GPAC complex is the Geelong Art Gallery which is home to some very special pieces of art. Their two most prized items in their extensive collection are a magnificent painting by Eugene von Guerard called View of Geelong and famous Heidelberg School Artist Frederick McCubbin's "A Bush Burial". As well as a extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and other artwork the gallery also hosts many travelling exhibitions.
The Courthouse Arts Project is one of the newer centres in the precinct, located on the corner of Gheringhap and Little Malop Street the former Geelong Courthouse is now home to an innovative and thriving youth arts scene and is already proving a valuable asset for local youth developing their artistic skills.
There are some pretty impressive plans being put in place to further enhance and strengthen the Geelong Arts Precinct over the coming years to ensure our city is on the forefront of arts in Australia.
The Ford Discovery Centre, Deakin University at the Waterfront Woolstores and National Wool Museum are other notable venues that hold travelling and special exhibitions throughout the year. They have put on some very interesting and quality exhibition in recent years which have attracted quiet a following.