Saved by community passion from major commercial development almost a decade ago, the Castlemaine Goods Shed is a Victorian-era building located within the Castlemaine Railway precinct. The Castlemaine Goods Shed is a magnificent iconic asset of the state government body Vic Track, leased by Castlemaine State Festival since 2016. In 2018, Castlemaine State Festival raised $1M through local, state and federal government support, including $200K of private and philanthropic contributions, to transform the undeveloped space into a creative hub in the heart of town. The Castlemaine Goods Shed’s development has enabled the conversion of the north end of building into Goods Shed Arts, a venue for art practice, education and creative enterprise
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Castlemaine State Festival has been committed to the activity of creative communities locally, nationally and internationally for over 40 years.
In April 2020, the CSF team moved their headquarters to the building and have begun to share this wonderful asset with the local creative community and beyond. We envision Goods Shed Arts as an imaginative centre for creative activity where we will develop our festival works in multiple artforms as well as partner with artists and arts organisations to offer cultural events throughout the year.
Goods Shed Arts has air-conditioned and furnished facilities that include a creative space, gathering rooms, offices and break out spaces. In addition to partnerships, there will be the capacity to accommodate long-term co-working tenancies, casual desk space and venue hire, all with access to reliable high-speed internet.
Goods Shed Arts will deliver long-term benefits for Castlemaine State Festival and the community and will grow further as a magical and inspiring hub of creation to include learning opportunities, creative residencies, co-working and presentation of performing and visual arts. Digital Goods and our Artist Clinics are two of our very first learning opportunities currently on offer.
In the meantime, please enjoy a selection of beautiful images shot by Ben Blacket of our new home here.
See below for further information about any of the opportunities unfolding at Goods Shed Arts.