Kingston Arts Precinct

Kingston Foreshore’s rich history dates back to Canberra’s earliest days in 1913. Our oldest buildings located within Section 49 Kingston are now destinations to enjoy art at its best.

Section 49 Kingston presents a rare opportunity to create a significant legacy – one that will inspire, move and influence people for generations to come. That opportunity is the development of the Kingston Arts Precinct at Kingston Foreshore, Canberra’s premium waterfront destination.

The development of this site will leverage the potential of existing heritage buildings into a fully integrated precinct that will include arts facilities, public, commercial and residential areas and car parking.

The Kingston Arts Precinct will be a cornerstone for innovation, vitality and beauty. The vision for the precinct is a dynamic, inspirational and energetic place where artists, cultural organisations and creative businesses make, teach, exhibit, peform and sell their work. It will transform the Foreshore into a hive of creativity and activity as many of Canberra's leading visual arts organisations are accommodated there, injecting vibrancy into Canberra’s oldest suburb making it a major drawcard for those choosing to live, work, visit, create and collaborate.

For sales enquiries please visit the Land Development Agency External Link

Achieving the ACT Government’s Urban Renewal Priorities

Urban renewal is a core priority of the ACT Government for 2015. It is vital to growing Canberra’s economy and strengthening our community, and will ensure Canberra grows into its potential as a larger city.

Development of the Kingston Arts Precinct, a key urban renewal project, will realise the cultural vision for the wider Kingston Foreshore precinct - transforming the area around the Canberra Glassworks into a vibrant and inspirational hub of artistic and creative endeavours.

Part of the ACT Government’s commitment to urban renewal involves enhancing existing and creating new art hubs around our city, where the work of artists and arts organisations is supported, enhanced and promoted. The Kingston Arts Precinct is a key element in the development of arts hubs in the ACT. The recent development of Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres and plans for the Kingston Arts Precinct demonstrate the Government’s commitment to arts hubs and providing artists with improved working environments, better amentities, greater opportunites for inteaction and collaboration, and increased visibility of programs and activities.

The site’s release follows significant planning over the last decade, including the Kingston Section 49 Master Plan External Link (released on 21 May 2014), the Kingston Arts Precinct Feasibility Study by Stewart Architecture, and the Kingston Arts Precinct Strategy by consultant Susan Conroy.

Find out more about the Kingston Arts Precinct vision and Requests for Proposal (RFP). For more information visit the Land Development Agency Kingston Foreshore External Link or contact artsACT on 02 6207 2384 or email

Kingston Arts Precinct aerial photo

Image: Kingston Arts Precinct aerial photo