The inaugural Open House Ballarat Weekend 2017 Program was launched late last week at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, celebrating Victoria’s first regional Open House experience.
On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of October, 21 architecturally significant buildings will throw open their doors to the public including a selection of impressive residential homes and areas of some significant Ballarat buildings that are usually not accessible to the public.
The full program is now available to view online and the printed Open House Ballarat program will be available as a lift-out in the Ballarat Courier on Saturday October 21.
Significant highlights in the open-access program include The Australian Catholic University’s St Thomas Aquinas Chapel (pictured), which was completely renovated in 2016 with the addition of beautiful stained-glass windows which flood the space in prisms of light. Visitors can take self guided tours around the chapel from 10am–4pm.
Built in 1927, the regal Regent Multiplex (pictured) has one screen and a capacity for 1,950 people – a large theatre even by metropolitan standards. Behind the scenes guided tours will be running, visit openhouseballarat.org for tour times and details.
A fun outing for family and sporting fans will be the state-of-the-art $21.9 million Mars Stadium (pictured). Unveiled in August 2017, the outdoor stadium features AFL-standard match-day facilities, including four 37-metre tall, 300-lux light towers and a 50 square metre electronic video scoreboard.
Some special programs are also running over the weekend including the self-guided tour Five Moments in Time at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, one of the oldest purpose-built art galleries in the country. The tour will look at the gallery from the main 1890 building until the 2011 McCain Annexe designed by Searle X Waldron.
A special Sing to Inspire Performance will take place at Oddie Gallery on Sunday 29th October at 2.30pm where Carolyn Bennett’s classical training will be reflected by her students who will present a program of songs form classical to musical theatre.
There are four buildings in the program which require a pre-booking. The first release of pre-booked spaces are already booked out, however Open House will be releasing a second round of pre-booked spaces on Monday October 23 at 8.30am just before the weekend.