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. 

As far as new leases on life go, they don’t get much better than the Castlemaine Goods Shed.

Built to store rail freight in the 1860s, periods of disuse meant the future of the heritage-listed red brick building was in doubt.

That was until the Castlemaine community came to the rescue calling for a permanent creative hub to be developed.

Soon, thanks to $6 million in support from the Victorian Government, this dream will be realised.

Stage Two of the Castlemaine Goods Shed Redevelopment will expand on the office and working spaces delivered in 2020 as part of Stage One, and continue the building’s transformation.

The building will be fitted with flexible performance and multi-arts spaces, equipped with a range of technology and capable of housing hundreds of audience members.

The redevelopment will support year-round use of the facility.

Stage Two will provide a much-needed space for local artists and make Castlemaine an even more popular destination for visitors keen to enjoy creative and cultural events and explore the local region.

The Festival team are excited to see planning for Stage Two underway and are the driving force behind the redevelopment and excited for what it will mean for the arts community across Central Victoria.

Completion of Stage Two will allow the Goods Shed to realise its full potential in becoming a hub for creative activity, as well as a vibrant festival headquarters. It’s where the festival artists and volunteers will come and somewhere the town associates with coming to buy tickets and get information. Having this all based at one central hub will also reduce festival associated costs and labour.


The Festival and Goods Shed Arts are proud to host residencies in the Castlemaine Goods Shed. For current opportunites and news please click below.


Our Creative Learning Program offers year round opportunities across all age ranges to learn and create across a broad range of mediums and practices.


The Goods Sheds flexible spaces are available to hire for one-off & regular events, workshops & rehearsals, developments & performances, co-working, business seminars, and parties.


We are thrilled to share our home with the delightful Castlemaine Circus who offer inclusive and accessible classes for all ages in circus skills, aerial arts and parkour.


Our heart felt thanks goes out to those who contributed donations to the first stage development of the Castlemaine Goods Shed. Without them and our government supporters, the current conversion of the building into a vibrant space for Goods Shed Arts would not be possible.

If you are interested in supporting further development of the Castlemaine Goods Shed, please click here to donate now or for further information contact Thomas Drent, Philanthropy Manager, on 03 5472 3733 or 


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