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A testing upgrade

11 Feb 2016

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By Ella Gibson

Southbank’s Testing Grounds is due to undergo major infrastructure upgrades in time for a mid-year launch, although reopening dates depend on construction time frames.

Testing Ground’s co-director Joseph Norster said the current state of the site was “rather humble” and an upgrade was required to create a more experimental space.

“We’ve had hundreds of uses by artists over the years. The volume of use has exceeded everybody’s expectations,” he said.

“There will be a continuation of the types of exhibitions held here but we do hope that the upgrades will help house a larger range of participants.”

The bar will remain and the site will be open all year round, while new facilities will include four new studios and stage facilities as well as a large steel canopy.

The site aims to provide a more accessible space in which artists are able to hone their skills and progress their art forms over time, while also allowing the local community to utilise the area.

“We’re very mindful of locals desire to have open space…we’re really keen to have the local community use the site, as well as cultivating emerging and cultural art practices,” Mr Norster said.

For more information visit www.testing-grounds.com.au

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