Belconnen Arts Centre

The Belconnen Arts Centre (BAC) Stage 1 was opened in August 2009. The facility is owned by the ACT Government and managed by Belconnen Arts Centre Incorporated through a License and Deed of Grant with Cultural Canberra. Since 2009, the BAC has provided a diverse program of activities covering visual art exhibitions, dance, classes and workshops, events and concerts utilising the central foyer and outdoor spaces, an artist in residence program and artist forums. The redevelopment project comprises of alterations and upgrade of Stage 1 and the completion of the BAC through development of Stage 2 facilities. Funding for brief and scope development was provided in the ACT budget which encompassed planning for the Stage 2 facilities identified in the original master plan. BHA were engaged to prepare concept design options for the 400 seat multipurpose “Black Box” theatre with full backstage and rehearsal facilities as a major addition to the existing art centre. The Theatre Studio opens through a set of glazed sliding doors onto the deck on the north of the site to allow for the lake connection – performances can either take place or open onto this area. A set of solid acoustic sliding doors on the inside will allow for a total ‘black out’ of the Studio Theatre and for acoustic barrier on the low frequency noise that usually generated by rock music.

ClientJoss Constructions
CompletedFebruary 2018


Project director:

Ian Brewster

Project associate:

Rus Manaf

Project director:

Maria Colella