The cultural institutions will remain closed for at least four weeks.
The National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Recital Centre, State Libary and Museums Victoria have all announced temporary closures as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus.
Already in effect, the closures will last for at least four weeks, with NGV due to reopen on April 13 and Melbourne Recital Centre and Arts Centre Melbourne on April 12. State Library and Museums Victoria are yet to announce when they will reopen.
“It is with much thought and consideration that we have made the decision to close the NGV for the time being. The health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff, partners and volunteers remains our highest concern,” said NGV Director, Tony Ellwood AM.
“In the meantime, we will do our best to offer the community access to the State NGV Collection virtually, much of which is available online, where our audiences can still benefit from one of the world’s best collections of art and design,” he said.
The Art Centre Melbourne closure includes State Theatre, Playhouse, Fairfax Studio, Box Office and Australian Music Vault, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Hamer Hall, The Channel creative learning space, food and beverage outlets within the buildings, and all function spaces.
Ticketholders for any scheduled events during the temporary closures will receive an automatic refund.
“We know this is a difficult time for our community and we extend our solidarity to all of those who are impacted, especially artists, performers, and staff whose livelihood depends on a vibrant and fully functioning Arts Centre Melbourne.The wellbeing and support of our staff is paramount,” said Claire Spencer, Chief Executive Officer of Arts Centre Melbourne.
“But this unprecedented situation demands an unprecedented response.
“We know that the arts play a critical role in uplifting and supporting our communities and we’ll continue to explore ways to bring the wonder of the performing arts to Victorians during this time,” she said.
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