406 Montague Road, West End [Kurilpa]
Saturday : 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday : 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Pre-booked guided tours and some general access // More engagements available for booking!

Listed on the Queensland Heritage Register, the Thomas Dixon Centre is an iconic West End building redeveloped into a home for the state’s ballet company, Queensland Ballet. Originally commissioned by Thomas Dixon in 1908 to house a shoe and boot factory and designed by prominent Queensland architect Richard Gailey, the building encompasses its original Georgian Revival-style design and is a rare surviving example of an early twentieth century industrial factory in West End.

The significance of the building is enhanced by the incorporation of unusually decorative features for a building of its type, and its heritage component has been fully restored to its original grandeur. Following the 2022 refurbishment, the innovative design combining old and new now features six dance studios, a 350-seat theatre, production and costume workshops, stunning public art, and a rooftop terrace.

Queensland Ballet’s design objective was to create a cultural hub for community, and a landmark performing arts destination. In rejuvenating the Thomas Dixon Centre, the Company paid tribute to the culture, industry, and art which had previously been created on the site, as it proudly ushers in a future of expanded artistic creation, vision, and community connection. Just as Thomas Dixon did.

The events listed below require ticket bookings. Please follow the links provided for more details and to secure your spot!

SATURDAY 13 JULY
Guided Building Tours:
9:00am – 10:30am
11:00am – 12:30pm
1:00pm – 2:30pm – dedicated Auslan tour
2.30pm – 4.00pm

Queensland Ballet Company Class Viewing:
Session 1: 10.00 am – 11.35 am – Barre Work
Session 2: 10.40 am – 11.30 am – Centre Practise

Kurilpa Futures Historic Walks:
9.45am – 12.00pm – Tour starting at the New Farm ferry stop, includes a guided ferry ride to West End and a West End historic walk, ending at the Thomas Dixon Centre.
1.30pm – 2.30pm – Tour starting and ending at the Thomas Dixon Centre.

In Conversation with Judy Watson & Jo Woolley. Stories behind the Talbot Theatre carpet design:
4.00pm – 5.00pm

Tour Information

Frequency of Guided Tours: SATURDAY 13 JULY Guided tours: 9.00- 10.30 am, 11.00 - 12.30 pm, 1.00 - 2.30 pm (Dedicated Auslan tour), 2.30 - 4.00 pm

Difference in guided tours for Saturday and Sunday:

The guided tour will take place only on Saturday.
On Sunday the building will be open for free roaming only.

Tour Tips

Register at the building on arrival

Additional Activities

Workshops/talks, Musical performances, Food & Beverage

Dress Requirements

No heels

Wheelchair access

Yes

Is Heritage listed

Yes

Awards

Recent Architectural or Engineering Awards: 2023 Australian Institute of Architects State Awards including: - The Harry Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture - The State Award for Heritage Architecture - The State Award for Public Architecture - The COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture

Environment Accreditation: Thomas Dixon Centre is pursuing the International WELL Building Standard Certification.

Richard Gailey - architect of the 1908 Thomas Dixon Boot Factory
Conrad Gargett - architects of the 2022 Thomas Dixon Centre redevelopment.
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