Venue and visitor information

From concerts to dance and theatre performances, from film screenings to art exhibitions – the work of our talented students is on display throughout the year. You are welcome to come and enjoy their work, please browse our events calendar for forthcoming events. We also conduct a range of public seminars and symposiums, which are presented by graduate students, staff and guest scholars – all intended to ignite your minds and inspire your own creativity.

Our primary exhibition space, the Margaret Lawrence Gallery, plays an important role in the life of the Faculty and the broader community. It is a professional exhibiting space for graduate and alumni work, School of Art studio projects, artists in-residence, staff exhibitions, as well as independent local and international exhibitions. You are also invited to visit our Student Gallery, where the exhibitions change weekly.

Please note that our campuses are Smoke/Tobacco-Free.


Southbank Map (pdf, 233kb)

Campus Venue Map (pdf, 88kb)

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Download the Southbank and surrounds map (pdf file, 89kb)

Getting here


  •  VCA & MCM’s Southbank Campus is a 10 minute walk from Flinders Street Station, along St Kilda Road.


  • For routes travelling up and down St Kilda Road (numbers 1, 2, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72) you can disembark at Grant Street (stop 17) for all routes except Route 1. If taking Route 1, disembark at Sturt Street (stop number 17).

Tourist Shuttle

  • The free Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle runs in a loop through Melbourne's CBD every 30 minutes and stops at Arts Centre Melbourne on St Kilda Road (Stop 1). For more information please go to


  • There are bicycle racks on Dodds Street, outside Building 879. There is also a station for Melbourne Bike Share on the corner of St Kilda Road and Southbank Boulevard. Helmets can be purchased from the IGA at 320 St Kilda Road or 151 Sturt Street (outside Malthouse Theatre) or the 7-Eleven at Fed Square (East Shard Building Ground Level).


  • Street parking is very limited close to the venues, but there are many secure car parks within walking distance.  Most street parking spaces have either a 2 or 3 hour limit between 7.30am and 6.30pm, Monday – Friday and 8.30am – 12.30pm on Saturdays, at a cost of $3.20 per hour.
  • Street parking is very limited near the theatres, but there are many secure car parks within walking distance of both venues.

Disabled Parking

  • There are four disabled parking spaces along Dodds Street, each with a four hour restriction. Holders of a Category 1 Disabled Parking Permit are not required to purchase a ticket.

Venue hire

The Faculty of VCA and MCM has specialist venues and facilities that are available for hire to the public, community, and corporate organisations.

Space 28
Space 28 is a large flexible performing space normally capable of seating 350 on tiered portable staging platforms. The suspended catwalk supports the necessary lighting and audio requirements of any performance in the space. It is an exciting venue for theatre performances, conferences, private functions and product launches.

Studio 45
Studio 45 is a multi purpose warehouse space with a concrete floor and vaulted ceiling traversed by wooden beams. Studio 45 is primarily a rehearsal/performance space and has a floor area approx 280m2.

Grant Street Theatre
Grant Street Theatre is a heritage-listed theatre with 119 tiered seats and a large flat floored performance area of approx. 12m x 14m. The spaces that are included with the theatre are: dressing rooms, foyer and bar area, box office and bio box. Technical equipment includes lights, PA system lighting bars, catwalk and dimmers.

Federation Hall
Federation Hall is a 221-seat lecture, cinema and performance venue. With 16mm, 35mm and digital projection, it is perfect for film screenings, conference presentations and product launches. Federation Hall has a Bosendorfer concert grand piano and is ideal for small music performances.

The Reception Foyer located on ground level accommodates 80 people and is ideal for launches and cocktail events.

Seminar Room
The Seminar Room has a seating capacity of 50. Facilities include TV, DVD O/H projector and whiteboard. The Seminar Room is in close proximity to the cafeteria facilities and is an ideal venue for conferences, seminars, or as a break-out space.

Lecture Theatre 216, Conservatorium of Music
The Lecture Theatre is a tiered air-conditioned venue with a 137 seating capacity and facilities including TV, DVD, O/H projector, white board and a grand piano. A control room is available in the rear of the theatre.

For further information regarding specific venue information, hiring agreements, and hire rates, please contact:

Melba Hall
Melba Hall is located in the Conservatorium Building on the University of Melbournes Parkville Campus. The 340-seat concert hall is highly sought after as a venue for solo recitals, chamber music and professional recordings. Melba Hall has a heritage steeped in history, which combine with restorations and refurbishments to assure the venues functionality as well as its grand old style.

Please note: Melba Hall is no longer available for external hire.