Project status: In Progress

Project update - July 2022

We have been on a place-making journey since March 2022, developing a Place Brief for the Kingston Arts Precinct in partnership with the community and key stakeholders. This has been a co-create journey that has involved workshops, interviews, site visits, self-led walk shops, pop up stalls, a youth PasteUp artwork, employee surveys and a creative panel discussion.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this important engagement to date, your views have helped us create the Place Brief. We have prepared a series of documents that outline our community engagement activities to date and 'what we heard' during these:

You may have attended a workshop or provided feedback during one of our activities to date. We have taken all these ideas from different people and groups, including artists, residents, visitors and heritage experts, and considered government requirements and basic design principles to create a consolidated vision and draft placemaking framework for Kingston Arts Precinct.

Our consultants, Place Design Group, recently presented to the Kingston Arts Precinct Community Panel on the work done to date in the development of the Place Brief and how the engagement outcomes have helped shape the different elements in the document. Our Place Brief is coming together nicely - but we are not quite finished yet! There are still some areas and blank pages that we need to gather more information before we can finalise the document. In the coming month we will be releasing a community survey to help us capture some of this feedback. If you would like to see more on how the Place Brief is coming together and the work done to date you can view this presentation here.

Specific engagement with Ngunnawal Traditional Owners is currently being undertaken with the assistance of Curijo. SLA is committed to undertaking a meaningful engagement with the Ngunnawal Traditional Owners and stakeholders and will be guided by them to ensure their knowledge captures the unique social, spiritual, and historical connection to place as part of the engagement and the development of the Kingston Arts Precinct.

Throughout June and into July we have been undertaking a range of activities with young people to capture their feedback in the Place Brief. A key activity was supporting a placemaking Paste Your Place initiative in July with two local artists Kate Matthews and Fred McGrath Weber. Over two days, a larger-than-life pop-up photographic mural was created for all to enjoy. The activity was a huge success and in the coming weeks we plan to temporarily install the final Paste Your Place artwork out in the public space between the markets and the Glassworks. It's great to see how community engagement can help shape placemaking in projects like the Kingston Arts Precinct.

How to have YourSay

Over the coming months further engagement, including greater input from Ngunnawal Traditional Owners and stakeholders will continue and the insights will inform the Place Brief as it undergoes final review.

In the coming month a community survey will be available to help inform the final elements of the place brief.

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From its inception, the Arts Precinct has been a key element in the planning of the Kingston Foreshore and is a leading destination for contemporary arts and culture in the ACT region. The ACT Government has made a commitment to delivering a precinct of value to the highest standards, that is sensitive to its surroundings, its cultural heritage and future sustainable living.

The ACT Government, artsACT and the Suburban Land Agency (SLA) are now moving forward with the development of the Kingston Arts Precinct, with completion planned for end of 2025.

We acknowledge that this site which we plan to redevelop is Ngunnawal Country. The Ngunnawal are the Indigenous people of this region and its first inhabitants. We seek to work in close cooperation with the land’s Traditional Custodians where this place remains as a meeting place for all to respect its natural history.

The SLA is taking a people-first approach to developing the Kingston Arts Precinct. We have developed a draft Place Brief with the community, arts organisations, stakeholders, with a focus on public life, to guide future development of the site.

  • Background

    The Kingston Arts Precinct is the final stage in the ongoing development of the Kingston Foreshore. It will celebrate existing heritage values and deliver a dedicated arts hub for Canberra and the wider region.

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  • Place Brief

    The Suburban Land Agency is adopting a place-led approach to developing the Kingston Arts Precinct. The development of a Place Brief is an important step in this approach.

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  • Creative Panel Discussion

    The Kingston Arts Precinct Creative Panel was held on 7 May and explored the opportunities this precinct presents for Canberra from an arts, design, and cultural perspective.

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  • Community and Stakeholder Engagement

    Community and stakeholder engagement is vital to the success of this project. Find out more information about our engagement plan and activities.


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We will use your views to

Your input will help shape a place brief for the Kingston Arts Precinct. The Place Brief will be a guide for the precincts direction, management, future development, uses and space activation of the precinct.