The Potato Shed multi-arts facility in Drysdale attracted 108,444 visits during the 2017-18 financial year, figures presented to Council show.
This included 69,564 visits from the general public, and 38,880 from school
students. The figures represent a four per cent increase on 2016-17.
Attendance was driven by a diverse range of performances, dance works and
original productions, highlighted by high profile touring productions.
These included ‘Birdcage Thursdays’ by La Mama, ‘Hungry Ghosts’ from the Melbourne Theatre Company, and ‘Rogue Romantic’ by South Australia Arts.
A new work called ‘Dance Hall’, developed in conjunction with award winning international performers Finucane and Smith, went on to tour Victoria.
The total attendance figure was further boosted by the 2017 Family Fun Day,
which attracted a crowd of 8,500.
The Potato Shed was established as a joint venture between the City of Greater Geelong, Bellarine Secondary College and St Ignatius College Geelong, and continues as a model partnership.
Mayor Bruce Harwood:
The Potato Shed has been open for 17 years now and continues to grow its status as an important and respected arts and culture destination for our region.
Cr Jim Mason, Chair – Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio:
Its ability to draw high quality productions from Melbourne and elsewhere makes it a great entertainment venue for the community on the Bellarine, and during 2017-18 it hosted an amazing 102 dance, theatre and music performances.
It’s also a vital facility for local school students who aspire to a career as a performer or artist.
The Potato Shed is a much-loved venue; a place where all ages, abilities, talents and interests are welcomed. It presents high quality shows, classes and workshops for the community.
I thank the community for supporting the venue, the Committee of Management for its hard work, and the partner schools for their ongoing commitment. Together, they’ve ensured the Potato Shed stands out as the Bellarine’s most inspiring community hub, and is well known throughout the state.