Creative Spaces

Geelong has bustling, vibrant and engaging creative spaces.

Geelong Gallery

Established in 1896, the Geelong Gallery is one of Australia’s leading and oldest regional art galleries.

Since its establishment in 1896 the Gallery has amassed a magnificent collection of 19th and 20th century Australian and European paintings and decorative arts, including 18th and 19th century English porcelain, British art pottery, colonial Australian silver, as well as contemporary Australian paintings, prints, sculpture and ceramics. A particular focus of the collection is early images of the Geelong region. The Gallery’s outstanding collection includes many works of national significance such as Eugène von Guérard’s View of Geelong (1856) and Frederick McCubbin’s A bush burial (1890).

Geelong Art Gallery

Courthouse Youth Arts

Since opening in 1996, Courthouse Youth Arts has become a culture hub for youth within Geelong desiring to get involved in Arts.

With the hopes of giving youth the chance to express themselves, CHYA over the past twenty years has undertaken many projects and given numerous young people the chance to participate and gain valuable skills and knowledge. Courthouse Youth Arts provides a vital part of the creative talent pipeline in Geelong, encouraging and inspiring emerging artists and creatives to further develop in their chosen discipline.


Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC)

GPAC opened in 1981, providing nine performance spaces, two theatres, four conference and event spaces, a restaurant and cafe. Today it is a well-utilised facility providing a wide range of performances and events and the opportunity for participation in the performing arts. GPAC is one of a group of state owned cultural agencies including Victorian Arts Centre, Museum Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, State Library of Victoria, Australian Centre for Moving Image and Film Victoria.

A massive $AUD 38 million redevelopment of GPAC is planned for 2018.

By Marcus Wong Wongm (Own work), CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

National Wool Museum

Geelong is a city synonymous with wool and the wool industry – sheep farming began here in 1835 and the first of many woollen mills opened here in 1868. 

For many years the city was known as the ‘wool centre of the world’.

Two hundred years later, in 1988, the National Wool Museum was established as Australia’s only comprehensive museum of wool. The Museum hosts many textile, mixed media and interactive exhibitions every year, attracting thousands of national and international visitors.

Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET)

The Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) signals a new era in engineering and industrial design education in Australia.

A partnership between Deakin University and the Australian Government, the $55 million state-of-the-art facility houses some of the most advanced and future-focused simulation and visualisation systems, purpose-built interactive laboratories and learning environments in the country. CADET emphasises the importance of design, rapid prototyping and modelling in engineering practice.