Portland Arts Centre
Portland, VIC 3305
Portland, VIC, 3305
The Portland Arts Centre (PAC) is managed by the Glenelg Shire Council Arts and Culture Unit, and is the main venue in the Shire used for the presentation of most professional touring performances and community exhibitions that form part of the annual ARTSGLENELG program.
The PAC is a 144 seat proscenium arch theatre with two linked gallery spaces in the foyer.
The PAC is available for commercial, community and theatre company hire and is located within Portland's Civic and Cultural precinct.
The PAC presents around 20 touring performances annually and year round exhibition programming in the community gallery spaces. The service maintains technical stage equipment to ensure quality standard facilities for both the community and professional touring performers at the PAC and other council venues.
The PAC is also the home to an independent cinema operator which manages the new release cinema offering at the PAC (Cinema@PAC).
ARTSGLENELG presents a diverse range of performance events including drama, comedy, various kinds of music (including classical, jazz and popular), children's theatre, dance and music theatre. The majority of performance events are presented in the Portland Arts Centre, but other venues throughout the Shire are also used. The Portland Arts Centre also offers an exhibition program in two gallery spaces. The program includes a minimum of 6 exhibitions each year, with the majority being local artists, but touring exhibitions are also included in the program from time to time.
Portland was the first site of European settlement in Victoria, and especially after the arrival of the Henty's in 1834, grew very raoidly into a established town, to the extent that it rivalled Melbourne as the potential capital, until the impact of the "gold rush" rapidly changed that. It has the best deep water port between Melbourne and Adelaide, and although it is a quite busy port and the town has some heavy industry - most notably the Portland Aluminium smelter - it is also a very attractive location. There are excellent beaches and areas for surfing, some magnificent coatsal scenery, and it is the starting point for the 250km Great South West Walk, which regularly attracts international tourists as well as regional visitors.