The Stables

World-class teaching and learning facilities

Following a multimillion-dollar makeover, the former Victoria Police Mounted Branch stables have been reimagined as a best-in-class facility for learning and creative collaboration.

Designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects, the new visual arts wing features 170 studios and flexible exhibition spaces. The former riding school boasts a 260-seat multipurpose arts wing for theatre, dance, music theatre and music performances.

The heritage features of the original buildings of the stables are retained through the bluestone mounting yards, red brick façade and unique octagonal roof and skylight. The redevelopment also provides a new entry point into the University and further opens up the Southbank campus to students, local businesses and residents by creating public walkways.

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15 Mar 2019

‘A world-class arts training faculty’

Philanthropists come in all shapes and sizes, but for Martyn Myer there’s only one approach: roll up your sleeves and don’t take no for an answer.

15 Mar 2019

Kerstin Thompson gives us a guided tour

The former Victoria Police Mounted Branch stables have been transformed by Kerstin Thompson Architects into world-class teaching and learning facilities for students of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

15 Mar 2019

Handing over the reins at The Stables

The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music today celebrated the completion of The Stables – a world-class visual arts and performance space in the heart of the city’s Arts Precinct.