Australia’s largest contemporary art gallery to be constructed in Melbourne

NGV Contemporary will be constructed as part of a multi-million revamp of the Southbank arts precinct, though experimental space Testing Grounds will be lost to a new Arts Centre Melbourne campus in the process.

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Testing Grounds, a temporary space hosting innovative and experimental creative practices, will be a casualty of the redevelopment of Melbourne’s Southbank arts precinct.

The vacant land at 1 City Road behind Arts Centre Melbourne, currently the home of Testing Grounds, has been earmarked for a new creative hub (to be managed by Arts Centre Melbourne) including galleries, rehearsal rooms and a permanent home for Orchestra Victoria, as part of the multi-million redevelopment of the arts precinct.

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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