When a building’s revival teeters on a government spend

Despite city funding, philanthropic investment and well hatched plans, saving Melbourne’s iconic Nicholas Building is not yet across the line.

Melbourne’s iconic Nicholas Building has been around for a while – like 100+ years around – so pulling it into the 21st century as a green, dynamic, embedded and diverse cultural space costs money.

The art deco building is situated in the heart of Melbourne (on the intersection of Swanston Street and Flinders Lane), and has housed every sector of the creative industries.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina