A place for ‘wondrous things’: new arts precinct opens to the public

Melbourne’s newest cultural precinct, Collingwood Yards, has opened to the public after a long gestation.

Featuring a carefully curated mix of arts and cultural organisations and small businesses, Collingwood Yards opened its doors to the public on Saturday.

The new cultural precinct was developed on the site of the old Collingwood Technical School (later the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) which first opened its doors in 1912.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts