Darebin Arts Centre

**UPDATE: Like communities around the country and the world, Darebin Council is taking measures to promote good health and limit the impacts of the coronavirus in our community. The safety of our community and staff is our top priority. In keeping with this, Council has made the decision to close venues including Darebin Arts Centre until further notice, this includes events listed on this page. Please check Darebin Council's social media pages for venue updates.

Darebin Arts Centre is Preston’s premier arts venue, the home of choice for artists, creators and innovators in Melbourne’s north. Find out about our facilities, venue accessibility and ticketing information.

As a dedicated arts centre, our mission is to provide accessible, affordable and fit-for-purpose cultural infrastructure to create dynamic, uncompromising and viable creative opportunities and experiences for artists to engage with each other, with their audiences, and the broader community within and beyond Darebin.

Our recently renovated foyer provides an attractive welcome to our community, with improvements to the universal access of the venue, and our newly renovated bar provides a sophisticated offering of barista coffee, snacks and beverages from local suppliers.


  • Fully equipped proscenium arch theatre, with full fly-tower and orchestral pit seating 385 people
  • Leading technology audio-visual equipment and technical support staff
  • Ticketed venue providing professional in-house box office management system
  • Generous, newly renovated foyer comprising a welcoming reception desk and refurbished bar, both with accessible height counters
  • Malleable studio space available for hire, developments and rehearsals
  • Over 100 square metres of gallery and exhibition space
  • Fully equipped commercial kitchen available for hire
  • Co-working spaces available for short, medium and long term licenses
  • Accessible facilities including entrance, reception and bar counter heights, theatre seating, assistive hearing system, and bathroom facilities (including option of gender neutral toilets) 
  • 180 free onsite car parking spaces including four accessible parking spaces.

Venue Accessibility 

Darebin Arts Centre aims to be accessible and inclusive for all. 

Our theatre is equipped with an assistive hearing system and is wheelchair accessible with space for up to six wheelchairs. To request accessible seating call our Box Office on 8470 8282 Tuesday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

Theatre rows C through R are accessible by stairs with a handrail to assist, rows A and B are on ground level. See the Theatre Seating Chart for details.

Prams and walkers can be used to assist guests to their seats, and can safely be stored away during a performance.

There are baby change facilities and accessible bathrooms for all guests to Darebin Arts Centre. 

Ticket FAQs

Online - Available 24/7, view the Darebin Arts Centre What’s On section for details. $3.90 transaction fee applies.

In person - During Box Office hours, Tuesday to Friday 9am – 5pm. No transaction fee applies. 

Over the phone - During Box-Office hours, Tuesday to Friday 9am – 5pm. $5 transaction fee applies

We accept EFTPOS, Visa and MasterCard payments.

Note: When calling to book a Companion Card ticket, no transaction fee applies.

Tickets can be collected during Box-Office hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9am – 5pm and one hour prior to every show. The credit card used to purchase the ticket and any concession cards must be presented at the time of collection.

We accept Companion Cards, Student Cards, Pensioner Cards and Health Care Cards*.

* Certain discounts may or may not be available due to certain hirer’s specifications.

To book with your Companion Card call our Box Office Tuesday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Phone: 8470 8282 

Our theatre is wheelchair accessible with space for up to six wheelchairs. To request accessible seating call our Box Office:

Phone: 8470 8282
Tuesday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

For most performances, children under the age of two can attend for free provided they are held on the lap of a parent or guardian. Please check performance specific information before booking as this can vary on a show-to-show basis. Some children’s shows may vary the age requirement for tickets.

Darebin Arts Centre welcomes all guests. If you have a question about accessibility that has not been addressed here, please contact us:

Phone: 8470 8282 
Email: dac@darebin.vic.gov.au

Our theatre is suitable for all full range of events including live music, comedy, ballet, opera and children’s events. Our versatile function spaces can play host a wide variety of corporate functions and special events.

A band performing on stage at the Darebin Arts Centre
Our impressive and flexible proscenium arch theatre is ideal for live performances of all art forms, including dance, live music and concerts, circus, comedy, musicals and opera, theatre, and film screenings.

The climate-controlled theatre is equipped with a fly tower, orchestra pit, flexible lighting rig including a full range of LED and intelligent fixtures, audio visual solutions including dynamic sound system (compatible with an Assistive Hearing system) and projection, and seating for 385 patrons.

The theatre is equipped with two chorus-style dressing rooms below the stage for up to 60 people with toilet, shower and laundry facilities, and an accessible lift to the stage (maximum load of 100kg). We have professional in-house venue technicians available to facilitate your production requirements throughout the pre-production process to event delivery. 

As a ticketed venue, Darebin Arts Centre provides a complete ticketing service through our in-house box office system, including regular ticketing sales reports upon request.

Theatre technical specifications:

For 2020-21 Theatre Standard Hire rates, please click here

For 2020-21 Theatre Not-For-Profit rates, please click here

Grevillea Room

Grevillea Room at Darebin Arts CentreOur Grevillea Room is a large circular room that can be divided in half with a solid partition wall to form the Jacaranda Room, with total room diameter lengths of 24m x 14.7m respectively, and 425 m² in total.

The Grevillea Room can accommodate up to 400 people when set in theatre style orientation and up to 200 people in cabaret style.

Its polished oak timber floorboards, and perimeter ceiling-to-floor black drapes for enhanced acoustics, makes this malleable space ideal for bespoke performances, development and rehearsal periods, and community creative classes. The room is also equipped with an in-built audio system and twin projectors set in stationary positions from the ceiling.

Current hire rates are available, see Fees & Charges.

Commercial Kitchen
Two ladies preparing food in the Darebin Arts Centre kitchen

Darebin Arts Centre houses an impressive commercial kitchen that is available as an affordable hireable and programmable activation space, as well as available for leasing opportunities.

Please refer to our current Fees and Charges for hourly hire rates.

Darebin Arts Centre currently retains a food licence for the kitchen with Darebin City Council. 

The kitchen is 132m² and comprises of the following equipment listed below:

  • Two walk-in cool rooms, complete with stainless steel shelving
  • One walk-in freezer, complete with stainless steel shelving
  • Hobart Pass-through dishwasher
  • Williams double glass door general produce refrigerator
  • Williams three door under-bench refrigerator
  • Waldorf six ring burner with oven
  • Waldorf deep fryer with six baskets
  • 2x dual flow Blodgett gas convection ovens
  • Convostar electric steamer oven
  • Tilting brat pan
  • Waldorf Salamander
  • 4x Stainless steel bench spaces
  • Dry goods store room
  • Crockery store room
  • Robot Coupe food processor
  • Apuro meat grinder
  • Apuro vacuum-pack machine
  • Stainless steel bain marie and hot press
  • Kitchen Aid stand mixer
  • Reminghaus electric meat slicing machine
  • Hobart electric steel mixer
  • Separate staff room with amenities and locker facilities
  • Kitchen loading dock

Enquiries and Bookings:

Email: dac@darebin.vic.gov.au
Phone: 8470 8282

How to Hire a Space:
  1. To express interest or apply to hire Darebin Arts Centre, please complete our online DAC Booking Application Form. Your application will be reviewed by our event services team, and they will respond to your application within two weeks of submission.
  2. If your event can be accommodated on your requested date, you will receive a Hire Agreement and Deposit Invoice which are required to be signed and paid to confirm your booking. You will then receive all event documents related to your booking, which must be returned by the due date to dacevents@darebin.vic.gov.au.
  3. Final payment for your event occurs after your event has been delivered. You will receive an invoice or income receipt from Darebin City Council 4-6 weeks after your event.

Further Information: 
Email: dacevents@darebin.vic.gov.au
Phone: 8470 8282

Fees and Charges:
Please refer to our Fees and Charges for a guide to current costs associated with hiring with us at Darebin Arts Centre. We recommend including as much information in your booking application form as possible to ensure that an accurate initial cost estimate can be produced for you.

A more detailed cost estimate will be provided to your once your event is confirmed and an in-depth discussion has been had regarding the bespoke requirements for your event.

Exhibition Spaces 
Darebin Arts Centre Exhibition SpaceThere are two spaces within Darebin Arts Centre which are free for community members to exhibit in. Darebin Arts Centre curates these exhibitions annually through an expressions of interest process.
Our exhibition spaces are the Banksia Gallery and the Foyer, with the option of additional space in adjacent corridors for larger exhibitions. The Banksia Gallery is approximately 9 x 9m. There is a hanging system installed around the room and a small number of plinths are available on request.

The Foyer is available for hanging works only. Exhibition space includes one 9 metre wall with a hanging system and lighting available.

Exhibitions typically run for a duration of 1 month.

Want to exhibit in one of our exhibition spaces?
Applications to exhibit in 2020 are now closed. Successful applicants will be notified in early 2020. 

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
The galleries may also be available to the public outside these times when the venue is activated for theatre performances.

Email: dac@darebin.vic.gov.au
Phone: 8470 8282

Studio Room

The delightful Studio is abundant in natural light, with its outlook onto both the Ray Bramham Gardens and our shady outdoor courtyard, and provides an inviting and inspirational space for creative thinking, networking, and developments.

The Studio’s generous size of 6.75m x 15.7m, with polished Tasmanian Oak floorboards throughout, presents an ideal space for local artists who may be interested in co-working opportunities from 2020 onwards, in line with Darebin Arts Centre’s new business model as a dedicated arts centre.

If you are an Arts Organisation interested in licensing the Studio as an office, rehearsal, workshop or classes space, please contact Chloe Gestier, Head of Operations:

E: chloe.gestier@darebin.vic.gov.au

T: 03 8470 8277. 

The Studio will be available for hire until a licence agreement is in place. For current hire rates please refer to our Fees and Charges



Plan your visit to Darebin Arts Centre, view our opening hours and address, or contact us if you have any queries.

Box Office Hours
Tuesday to Friday 9am – 5pm and one hour prior to every show for collection of tickets.

Phone: 8470 8282
Email: dac@darebin.vic.gov.au
Postal Address: Darebin Arts Centre, PO Box 91, Preston, VIC 3072

Darebin Arts Centre is located at: Corner Bell Street and St Georges Road, Preston

Getting here 

Darebin Arts Centre is easily accessible by tram, train, bus and bike. Help reduce your environmental impact and rethink your need to drive.

By tram:
Route 11 (get off at stop 40, a further 10 minute walk)
Route 86 (get off at stop 45, a further 10 minute walk)

By train:
Mernda Line (get off at Bell Station, a further 5 minute walk)

By bus:
Route 513 (Get off at corner of Bell Street and St Georges Road, a further 2 minute walk)
Route 903 (Get off at corner of Bell Street and St Georges Road, a further 2 minute walk)

For help planning your tram, train or bus trip visit ptv.vic.gov.au

By bike or foot:
The centre is conveniently located along the St Georges Road shared path, ideal for cycling or walking. 

By car:
The Darebin Arts Centre car park entrance is accessible from Peter Street and St Georges Road. Our car park offers 150 unrestricted parking spaces (including four accessible parking spaces).

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At this time we do not offer work experience or volunteer positions.