Robert Blackwood Hall
Named after Monash University’s founding Chancellor, Sir Robert Blackwood, the Robert Blackwood Hall is Melbourne’s most prestigious venue outside the CBD. Acoustically, it ranks with the best available in Australia and, as such, has been the venue for numerous commercial recordings for the ABC, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and various film scores.
Being a concert hall, it has no proscenium, stage curtains or fly tower. It is completed by the resplendant Sir Louis Matheson pipe organ as well as two full concert grand pianos including one Steinway.
The state-of-the-art audio and lighting systems can satisfy the most demanding requirements
The climate controlled auditorium has fixed seating for up to 1598. The raked Stalls hold up to 1256 seats with a further 342 seats situated in the Balcony.
A licensed bar services the foyers which are enhanced by the larger than life art works of distinguished Australian artists such as Arthur Boyd as well as the dazzling Lindesay Clark stained glass window designed by Leonard French – famous for his design of the ceiling of NGV’s Great Hall.
The stalls area of the Auditorium is completely accessible with ramps leading into the venue. Removable seats allow the venue to accommodate for wheelchairs. Please note that access to the balcony is by stairs only. While it is something we are working to rectify, at this point in time no Monash University Academy of Performing Arts venue is equipped with assisted hearing systems such as hearing loops.