Darebin Arts Centre OPEN DAY

Event Details

What better way to celebrate reopening Darebin Arts Centre after recent foyer renovations than to open our doors for one and all at Darebin Arts Centre’s Open Day. Join us and find out what goes on behind the scenes.

Participate in a tour by one of our expert venue staff and be guided through the backstage and onstage areas of our theatre, and take a sneak peek through our commercial kitchen to view the women from Global Sisters cooking up a delicious array of lunchtime offerings for you to sample in our foyer.

Enjoy a barista coffee on us in our newly renovated foyer and at 11.45am be captivated by Columbian musician Oscar Jimenez, who performs a live preview of his upcoming show Sonidas del Norde at the centre on 1st June, co-presented by Darebin Arts and Multicultural Arts Victoria.

Explore the richness of Darebin’s visual artists: engage with talented local visual artists Helen Kocis Edwards and Kate Gorringe-Smith as they display mixed media artworks and provide printmaking demonstrations in our Studio; learn about the prolific life of Christella Demetriou as family members provide talks about Christella’s life in this retrospective exhibition in our Gallery; and discover exciting emerging artists Alexandra Alayon, Monique Luzza and Lisa Dallest as they display works from their learnings at Melbourne Polytechnic across painting, printmaking and drawing.

Delight in the aural pleasure of local musicians Speak Percussion, as they provide an insight into the process of music-making through their open rehearsal from 1pm. These activities and more will open your eyes to the outstanding facilities available within this dedicated arts centre and Preston’s home of the arts.

Programme Activities: 11.00am Darebin Arts Centre opens

11.00am Print-making demonstrations and exhibition by Helen Kocis Edwards and Kate Gorringe-Smith The Studio

11.00am Paintings and drawings from Melbourne Polytechnic emerging artists Acacia Room

11.45am Live music performance – Oscar Jimenez Foyer

11.45am Exhibition talks: Christella Demetriou retrospective Gallery

12.00pm Staff-guided venue tours Entire Venue

12.00pm Speak Percussion – open rehearsal Grevillea Room

12.30pm Free food served by Global Sisters Foyer

1.00pm Staff-guided venue tours Entire Venue

2.00pm Exhibition talks: Christella Demetriou retrospective Gallery

2.15pm Staff-guided venue tours Entire Venue

2.15pm Live music performance – Hayley Lee Allen Foyer

3.00pm Darebin Arts Centre closes


5 May, 2019


11am - 3pm


Darebin Arts Centre, corner St Georges Rd and Bell St Preston


4 hours



Additional Info

For further enquiries please contact: Email: dac@darebin.vic.gov.au Phone: 8470 8282

Darebin City Council
274 Gower St, Preston Victoria 3072

Phone: (03) 8470 8888
Fax: (03) 8470 8888