Monthly Archives: April 2015

The People’s Hall: Civic Hall from early concepts to future possibilities

The Peoples Hall FBT

Put it in your diary now! This exhibition traces the Civic Hall from the massive predecessor halls (Alfred and Coliseum) through its design and construction to its heyday when it was the key place for community, civic, and commercial celebrations and events.

The exhibition opens at Backspace Gallery, Alfred Deakin Place (behind the Art Gallery of Ballarat) on 4 June and runs till 21 June.

Gallery hours are 12 – 4pm, Thursdays to Sundays.

It will be a great show, with spectacular historical items, costumes, artworks, cartoons, videos and soundtracks from some of the great bands that performed there.

Entry is free and everyone is welcome!

Want to see inside the Civic Hall?…open for the 1st time since 2012

Transition Exhibition- revealing the 10 concepts of the 1st phase of the Community Design Process by Consultants…Here Studio.


The Civic Hall will open for the first time since the tours of 2012 during Here Studio’s Transition Exhibition on the 2nd & 3rd May commencing at 10.00am.  The Hall will be open to the public on Saturday the 2nd May only.  The concepts will still be on show at the foyer of The Civic Hall and the Library.  You can get the details of this event and more at The Civic Hall by following the link below.

There will be a Launch for the Transition Exhibition  on Friday 1st of May at 6.00pm which may offer another opportunity to view the Main Hall.   The community is invited to attend.  For this event and others please RSVP at:

While you are enjoying the Transition Exhibition make sure you look out for “The People’s Hall-Civic Hall…from Early Concepts to Future Possibilities” exhibition  taster…there will be a preview of some of the items that will be on show at the Backspace Gallery in Camp Street from 4th-21st June 2015

Art Deco Walks for the Heritage Weekend 9th and 10th of May

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We are excited to announce  that this  year’s  popular  Art Deco Walks  will offer guided tours of the inside of the Main Hall.   Led by The Art Deco and Modernism’s President and expert Robin Grow, the walks will depart from The Ballarat Civic Hall.  Tours are at 10.30am and 2.00pm on both Saturday 9th May and Sunday 10th May.  Ballarat has a wonderful collection of Art Deco Buildings so be sure to put this on your Heritage Weekend to do list.  Tours and Walks are free.  Here is the link to the Heritage Weekend tours.  We hope to see you at all of these fabulous Civic Hall events!

Courier reports secret deals

Unbelievable news in today’s Courier.

Hard to believe that this Council has formally approved the community design process that will determine the future of the whole site of the Civic Hall, but is now engaged in underhand deals to remove its funding.





Art Deco and Modernism Society President and Expert will be conducting The popular  Art Deco Walks on the 9th and 10th of May in 2015, which of course is the Mother’s Day Weekend.  Included will be tours of the interior of The Civic Hall as part of his walks.  This will be the 1st time the Civic Hall has been open since 2002.  It will also coincide with the end of the 1st phase of the Community Design Process currently in progress at the Open Door Studio at The Civic Hall foyer.

Don’t miss your chance to view this amazing Art Deco Style building which opened in August 20th 1956 and was used for the many events associated with 1956 Olympic Rowing held at Lake Wendouree and served the community for many decades.

The times will be 10.30 and 2.30 on Saturday and Sunday. 

While you are in the Civic Hall be sure to have a look and the many items that will be on show.  The 10 concepts of the 1st phase of the  Community Design Process will be displayed as well as a preview of  some of the items of the forth coming  “The People’s Hall-Civic Hall” Exhibition at The Backspace Gallery in Camps St …4th-21st May 2015


The clean up work has commenced and  the pigeon poo has left the building.  Over the next few weeks the Civic Hall will  be prepared for Here Studio’s Transition to 10 Concepts Exhibition  in May.  We will post more details as they emerge.


What’s On

These are Here Studio’s  upcoming events at the Civic Hall Site over the next week:

Tuesday 14th April

12-2pm Lunchtime Live Music with Christine Tammer

Thursday 16th April 

12-2pm Lunchtime Live Music with Christine Tammer

4pm “Hands On” Design workshop with Ballarat Youth Council

Call in to view  the Hall in a much more presentable state and say “Hello to the Here Studio Staff who are working very hard to present your ideas and preferences into the 10 Concepts which will be on view soon inside the main auditorium of The Civic Hall.  An event is planned so stay tuned for the details.

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