STAGE 2 Redevelopment

Castlemaine State Festival is expanding our organisational ambition by developing a major creative precinct with year-round activity at the Castlemaine Goods Shed. Scheduled for completion in 2024, this new cultural asset will allow us to deliver expanded artistic programs, partnerships and have a major physical presence to the community and our visitors. The Goods Shed will allow us to deepen our already strong community engagement with the region, and grow new audiences for arts and culture in Castlemaine. Most importantly, this strategy will provide a framework for financial sustainability around Victoria’s pre-eminent regional multi-arts Festival.

With the development of Goods Shed Arts in 2020, this historical railway building is already starting to thrive as a creative hub and home to CSF. We are now aiming to continue the redevelopment of the Goods Shed into a vibrant performance and exhibition venue which supports and inspires creative practice, engages the community and is a driver for the regions’ artists and creative industries.

The Goods Shed redevelopment will create opportunities for year-round activities and build on CSF’s 47 years of festival experience. We anticipate 100+ events and 5,000+ visitations, with around one third of these from outside the region, and it will better resource artist residencies, enabling them to develop new work over longer periods. It is proposed as a site of international collaboration, especially between regionally based artists and creatives from diverse backgrounds and it will provide our local community with a well-resourced arts and events space.

Project Scope

The industrial aesthetic of the building is particularly appropriate for artforms such as dance, music, circus and exhibitions. The size will allow for use of two main spaces spaces concurrently and at a scale only previously possible in an outdoor setting. Proposed works are:

  • Northern and southern flexible performance/exhibition spaces
  • Technical fit-out including floor levelling
  • Roofing insulation, heating and cooling of the whole building
  • Acoustic separation and treatments
  • Flexible divisions using curtains and moveable walls
  • High standard lighting and audio tech fit-out
  • Retractable seating banks and Backstage facilities
  • Upgraded and additional amenities
  • Foyer/entry space
  • Commissioned art works from local indigenous artists which integrate with the building and acknowledge the importance of the Dja Dja Wurrung in our area, and our commitment to reconciliation.
  • Substantial upgrades to landscaping along Kennedy St frontage


The Victorian Government has provided substantial financial contribution of $6 million for the capital project and further support is being sought from the Federal Government the philanthropic sector.


Click below to view the recording of our Goods Shed Community Information Session #2.
The live stream took place on December 14 2022.


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 the Stage 2 Redevelopment of the Castlemaine Goods Shed, please click here to donate now or for further information contact Liz Wilson, Patrons Manager on 03 5472 3733 or


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