The battle for Temperance Hall

A significant space where artists have 'free rein', Temperance Hall is facing closure by mid-2024 due to ongoing funding woes.
Exterior photo of Temperance Hall. Image: Supplied. Vintage photo showing a white brick two-storey building with the words 'TEMPERANCE HALL" on it and several Volkswagon Beetle cars parked in front on the street.

As arts organisations around the country grapple with the fate of recent Creative Australia grant announcements, Melbourne’s queer, performance and dance communities are banding together and rallying behind the much loved Temperance Hall.

Temperance Hall is the home of Phillip Adams BalletLab (PBAL) and, together, venue and organisation have continued to host a significant number of creative developments and performances.

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Jessi Ryan (they/them) has been creating performance and exhibitions for the past 20 years, both locally, nationally and abroad- in this time collaborating with a huge number of artists from a broad cross section of cultural backgrounds. As a journalist they have written for and been published by some of Australia’s leading arts and news editorial across the last 10 years-and was recognised as a finalist for Globe Community Media Award in 2021. Ryan has also taken photos for a number of print and online publications.