Completing Belconnen Arts Centre

BAC is Expanding with its Stage 2 Development Plan

Canberra-based firm Cox Architecture have been preparing designs for the second stage of the Belconnen Arts Centre development.

The designs include a large theatre space, second dance studio and adaptable spaces that respond to BAC’s lake setting.

Check back here as further development and construction news is announced.



Media Release

Completed Belconnen Arts Centre Edges Closer to Reality


Recent election pledges from all major parties for a performing arts space now brings the anticipated completion of the Belconnen Arts Centre close to reality.

“It is gratifying to have both major parties and the Greens commit to the completion of the Belconnen Arts Centre as an election priority” said Julia Mulligan, Chair of the Belconnen Arts Centre today.

A fully functioning arts centre with comprehensive facilities for both visual and performing arts will be an enormous boost for cultural and artistic expression in the Belconnen and Canberra communities” she said. “The competed vision for this arts centre project has awaited finalisation since work on Stage One finished in 2009. Funding for Stage Two will enable the completion of a 400 seat studio style multipurpose auditorium alongside a panoramic lake view.

An approved Development Application and preliminary sketch plans also provide for a foyer with café and bar, two new rehearsal spaces, an expanded exhibition space and kitchen facilities. The BAC extension together with landscaping and in-fill will create a vibrant interface on Emu Bank and the lakeshore. Indoor and outdoor workshops, sculpture and art installation spaces, play spaces and support infrastructure for outdoor events will complete the community cultural hub.

Recent party commitments come off the back of sustained community support and a petition to Government in July attracting over 500 signatures in 10 days.”

Establishment of the Belconnen Arts Centre is a story reaching back over 20 years, with Belconnen residents advocating for a community cultural heart for the region and for land to be set aside on Lake Ginninderra’s shore. “On behalf of BAC’s Board, staff and valued volunteers I thank the many Canberra supporters who contribute to our vibrant facility and who continue to push for completion of the Belconnen Arts Centre” Julia said.





Background Information

What key supporters think:

“Belconnen Arts Centre’s Stage 2 will continue building our community; Stage 2 will enhance our town centre and will be a lasting gift to people who are here now and for people who, in future, come here because Belconnen is a great place to live.”
Tara Cheyne, Belconnen Community Council

“We are excited by the plans to expand the Belconnen Arts Centre to provide the North Canberra region with a cultural and artistic hub for the community to enjoy and believe it will greatly benefit the Belconnen region for many years to come.”
Sam Faulks, Ray White Belconnen

“I know Stage 2 will complete the arts centre which has already done so much good work. Stage 2 will improve the gallery and creative workshops and I welcome a new facility where our community can meet, celebrate its cultural life and enjoy live performances.”
Nancy Tingey, Painting with Parkinsons

“As a young arts leader of this blooming city, a city just beginning to find and express its cultural voice, I am energised by this bid to fully realise the vision for the Centre, as I encourage you to be.”
Alison Plevey, Lingua Franca

“In a location second to none we stand together in a dynamic Centre which is longing to reach its full potential. In the wise words of someone that isn’t me – Make no small plans for they have no power to stir the soul.”
Sam Townsend, Lake Ginninderra College

We often wander along Emu Bank for dinner or coffee, and drop in to the Centre for a quick look or a performance. It’s one of the highlights of Belconnen’s sophisticated world class lifestyle, and why I choose to live here. Lake Ginninderra was intended to provide the public with opportunities for access to, and engagement with, the water that Lake Burley Griffin didn’t. The BAC Stage 2 will certainly be the culmination of that engagement.”

Richard Barraclough, Belconnen resident and Architect