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Space used as testing grounds

14 Oct 2013

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A new and creative space has been introduced to Southbank as Testing Grounds has taken over one of the most talked about sites in the suburb.

1 City Road, which has long been discussed, is now home to an open-air art space, free for locals, workers and visitors to enjoy.

Testing Grounds is, at its heart, a space for artists to come together and work on new ideas. Given its location in the middle of the arts precinct here in Southbank, it seems like a good fit. It is an initiative by Arts Victoria.

Joseph Norster from The Project said he hoped the activation of the space would engage the local community.

“As a design practice we are interested in ways to provide greater civic amenity and the idea of an artist-in-residence program also interested us,” Mr Norster explained.

“We hope to attract local residents to the open space to enjoy the garden and watch the artist program evolve over time,” he added.

He also told Southbank Local News the feedback on the site had so far been overwhelmingly positive.

“The reaction so far has been a mixture of delight and surprise, we have been working on the site for a few months before we opened the gates and have got to know the locals that walk past on a daily basis,” Mr Norter said.

“We have already started building a really lovely relationship with the local community and we hope that just gets stronger as summer comes along and more people come to Testing Grounds.”

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