Sacred Heart beating strong

Media Release


15 March 2018

Joint release with:

Mitch Fifield

Minister for the Arts
Senator for Victoria

Collette Brennan

Chief Executive Officer at Abbotsford Convent Foundation

  • $5.3 million Restoration of the Sacred Heart Building now complete
  • The project will provide studio spaces for artists in Melbourne’s south
  • Another delivery by the Coalition Government of important community infrastructure

The arts scene in Abbotsford, Victoria, has received a colourful boost today with the completion of the Sacred Heart restoration project.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the project will see artists take residency in the new upgraded studio spaces.

“The Coalition Government is a great supporter of the arts and I am proud to see the completion of the Restored Sacred Heart Building project,” Dr McVeigh said.

“The Coalition stands for more and better paying jobs—this investment did just that, it created 80 jobs during construction.”

Minister for the Arts and Senator for Victoria Mitch Fifield said the restoration project included substantial works throughout the building with lighting, plumbing, refurbishment of flooring, and ceiling and wall insulation.

“The Sacred Heart Building will provide new opportunities for artists to join the facility’s existing community of more than 100 artists,” Senator Fifield said.

Chief Executive Officer for the Abbotsford Convent Foundation Collette Brennan said that the Sacred Heart restoration will supporting the nation’s creative leaders and further enhance the long-term sustainability of Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct.

“Thanks to the Australian Government’s support, which matched an extremely generous donation of $2 million from the Dara Foundation, as well as funds raised by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation over the past decade, this restoration has created new studio, meeting, workshop and event spaces,” Ms Brennan said.

This project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government contributing $2,681,625, the Dara Foundation $2,000,000, and the Abbotsford Convent Foundation $681,625.