Faculty Town Hall: Arts Precinct move-in announced

Faculty Town Hall: Arts Precinct move-in announced

At the Faculty of Arts Town Hall on Thursday, I shared the exciting news that the Faculty will be moving into our brand-new Arts Precinct in April 2020. The move is just the beginning: The Precinct has been purpose-built to elevate the Faculty’s diverse strengths and enrich our collaborative, creative and impactful work into the future.

Speaking at the Town Hall, I shared the vision for the Precinct and how it is being realised in bricks and mortar.

Showcase our Faculty identity

The Arts Precinct has been designed to be distinctively ‘us’: creative, modern and diverse. Partners and visitors will come away with a strong sense of what we as a Faculty are doing, our strengths and achievements.

New public and exhibition spaces will facilitate a curated program of events throughout 2020, to share our research and showcase our teaching. Other unique spaces in the Precinct will highlight the Faculty’s identity and allow the public to interact with our work.

Readers and Writers Lounge

Written work is the backbone of our output as a Faculty, and the Readers and Writers Lounge is the place for Faculty publications and HDR theses to be displayed. It is also a breakout space for staff and HDR students to work or hold informal meetings, and will be ideal for small events such as book launches.

Readers and Writers Lounge

Intercultural Foyer

The Intercultural Foyer is the hub between the Precinct buildings, but is no ordinary thoroughfare: the space provides the ideal canvas to showcase our staff and students’ creative work on three-storey high digital displays.

Intercultural Foyer

Faculty of Arts Museum

The Faculty’s Museum will be a world-class exhibition space, combining the collections from the Museum of Ancient Cultures and the Australian History Museum, as well as a dedicated space for the Papyrus collection and coin displays from the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies. The layout of the Museum is flexible to accommodate changing exhibits, and will support interactive, modern and engaging displays.

The layout of the new Museum

Be a collaborative community

Our move to the Arts Precinct in April 2020 signifies the coming-together of our Faculty as a community. Welcoming spaces provide the backdrop for chance encounters, meaningful conversations and new collaborations.

All full-time academic staff will have private space for independent academic work in individual 14m2 offices. The floorplans and locations for each department can be found on the Arts Connect site. Many formal and informal meeting spaces have been created to reflect the increasingly trans-disciplinary and collaborative nature of our work:

  • The Courtyard Café is a casual indoor-outdoor meeting place providing an alfresco work space with power outlets
  • 23 meeting rooms and 23 seminar rooms host meetings and events of all sizes from four to 64 people
  • Two staff kitchens, one which opens onto the rooftop terrace, and 11 tea points throughout the building are available

Courtyard Café

Engage others

The Precinct will bring our important work out from behind closed doors and enable us to better engage with the University, community and external partners. Special spaces such as the atrium, rooftop terrace, café, meeting spaces and function rooms, are available for different types of events, and to invite interaction with the broader community. The Arts Precinct has been designed for you, and we invite you to consider how we can make the best use of this incredible new facility.

Where to find more information

Over the next few months, I will be sharing regular updates about the Precinct and the upcoming move.

Bookmark the dedicated Arts Connect site for further updates, and to find relocation timelines, floorplans and detailed information about the spaces in the Arts Precinct.

Please see below the full presentation from last week's Town Hall.

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