The City of Melbourne has committed to transforming Southbank into an internationally-important Arts Precinct over the coming decades. 

The Ian Potter Southbank Centre will be an integral part of this exciting and imaginative area, and its location within the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s Southbank campus will help to achieve the city’s vision for a thriving arts scene. 

Melbourne Conservatorium Studio 1 concept

The Ian Potter Southbank Centre

A new home for the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in Southbank will place our students in the heart of the Melbourne Arts Precinct, giving them unprecedented access to a wealth of artistic and creative endeavors. The existing Conservatorium Building, including Melba Hall, will be retained on the Parkville campus.

A home on the Southbank campus alongside the Victorian College of the Arts will also stimulate collaboration across the artistic disciplines as music students engage with students studying film, television, visual and performing arts.

New outdoor spaces on campus will attract visitors from nearby performance venues and foster interactions between our students and the community. When not in use by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and its students, the main performance space will be available to outside organisations, attracting new audiences.

State of the art teaching facilities at Southbank

Conceived by award-winning John Wardle Architects, and funded by the University of Melbourne, the Victorian Government, the Ian Potter Foundation and generous philanthropic support, the Ian Potter Southbank Centre will offer state-of-the-art teaching facilities on the University's Southbank campus.

The activity of the students within the new building are brought to the street and campus with choreographed views that are revealed as building corners unfold or a window allows for a privileged aspect upon the process of rehearsal. In this way, a conversation emerges between the curious passerby and the rehearsing musician, encouraging interaction between the musician and their community.

Construction is slated to begin in 2017, with first classes expected to commence in the building in 2019.

Southbank redevelopment section concept
Southbank redevelopment map

Southbank campus developments

The Ian Potter Southbank Centre forms part of an ongoing redevelopment of the University of Melbourne's Southbank campus.

In 2014, the VCA & MCM’s Grant Street Theatre was refurbished and the new Lionel Gell Lounge launched, creating one of Melbourne’s premier music theatre performance venues.

The Dodds St Stables Redevelopment, worth more than $40 million, will redevelop the Dodds Street stables into a visual arts wing at Southbank, creating a new entry point to the University and opening the campus to students, local business and residents. The stables project is planned to be completed by April 2017.