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Venue hire at ArtPlay

ArtPlay is a flexible space that can be used for a variety of purposes. It can accommodate up to 100 people.

A red brick building with city buildings behind and a tree branch in the foreground

Previously known as the Princes Bridge Lecture Hall, this light-filled historical venue is ideal for various events such as book launches, team building exercises and meetings.

ArtPlay has two spaces available for hire:

  • ArtPlay Space – 190 square metres and has a capacity to host 80 seats in a theatre-style setting and standing room for 100.
  • Mezzanine – 140 square metres and has a capacity to host 30 seats in a theatre-style setting and standing room for 40.

Both spaces can be hired simultaneously for larger events. Please indicate this in the booking application form.

Venue details

ArtPlay Space

Fees

Effective 1 July 2023 until 30 June 2024.

​Venue hire rates - corporate:

  • Half day (four hours): $979
  • Full day (eight hours): $1768

Venue hire rates - non-funded / funded / not-for profit organisations:

  • Half day (four hours): $609
  • Full day (eight hours): $1100

Note: Additional staff as safety officers may be required and will be based on the size and/or nature of the event.

Staff:

  • $61 per person, per hour (Mondays to Saturdays)
  • Penalty rates for staff apply on Sundays and public holidays

Equipment:

  • Standard PA system: $160 per event.
  • Rear projection screen: $160 per event.

Capacity

80 seated
90 standing

Booking hours

The venue is available for hire on Mondays and Tuesdays and other days and times as available.

Features

  • Wooden flooring
  • Open space with natural light 
  • Wheelchair access
  • Tables, folding chairs and a digital data projector included in the venue hire fee
  • Sound system and rear projection screen available for hire at an additional cost.

ArtPlay space floor plan (PDF 85KB)

Mezzanine

Fees

Effective 1 July 2023 until 30 June 2024.

Venue hire rates - corporate:

  • Half day (four hours): $759
  • Full day (eight hours): $1386

Venue hire rates - non-funded / funded / not-for profit organisations:

  • Half day (four hours): $502
  • Full day (eight hours): $920

Staff:

  • $61 per person, per hour (Mondays to Saturdays)
  • Penalty rates for staff apply on Sundays and public holidays.

Note: 

  • Venue hire rates include one staff
  • Additional staff may be required and is dependent on the size and/or nature of the event.

Equipment:

  • Standard PA system: $160​ per event.

Capacity

​30 seated
40 standing

Booking hours

The venue is available for hire on Mondays and Tuesdays and other days and times as available.

Features

  • Wooden flooring
  • Open space with natural light 
  • Wheelchair access
  • Tables, folding chairs and a digital data projector included in the venue hire fee
  • Sound system and rear projection screen is available for hire at an additional cost.

Mezzanine floor plan (PDF 38KB)

Bookings

Tell us more about your event by completing the application form.

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Frequently asked questions

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Yes. It is a requirement for venue staff to be present as Safety Officers. The number of venue staff will be dependent on the nature and the size of the event.

The hirer is responsible for providing the additional staff that their event may require. ArtPlay will request evidence in certification, where relevant, of the hired staff.

Tables (1200mm x 1200mm), folding chairs and a data projector are included in the hire. The sound system and rear projection screen are available for hire at an additional cost. Please refer to the online application form.

No. It is the responsibility of the hirer to organise catering and provide evidence of the relevant certification when requested. To assist you with supplier suggestions, see our list of social enterprise caterers in the 'Food and drinks' section of the Sustainable business guide.

No barbecuing is permitted at, in or around the venue.

No. The external area is not included in the venue hire. 

Yes. However, the venue must be reinstated to the condition of when it was presented at the commencement of hire.

If the hirer fails to meet the requirements of the venue, the hirer may and will be charged with additional feess to have the venue reinstated. 

All city venues are smoke-free zones. Smoking is strictly prohibited in surrounding areas at all times.  

Naked flames including candles, smoke machines, special balloon effects and pyrotechnics are prohibited at, in or around the venue.

The venue is an alcohol-free venue, therefore serving and selling of alcohol is prohibited. 
 

You may be required to provide security depending on the nature of your event. This is at the discretion of the venue manager. 
 

You must hold a current public liability insurance policy of at least $20 million. A certificate of currency must be provided before the commencement of hire. 

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No. The closest parking facility is at Federation Square and on-street metered parking along Flinders Street and St Kilda Road.

A written notification must be provided to the venue manager immediately.  Penalty rates will apply for any cancellation less than 4 weeks from the date of the hire. 

Contact us

Address

Birrarung Marr 
Behind Federation Square 
Melbourne VIC 3000 

our acknowledgement

  • Torres Strait Islander Flag
  • Aboriginal People Flag

The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land we govern, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong / Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin and pays respect to their Elders past and present. 

 

We acknowledge and honour the unbroken spiritual, cultural and political connection they have maintained to this unique place for more than 2000 generations.

We accept the invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and are committed to walking together to build a better future.