Kirks Place

Many years ago, a weatherboard church occupied the site at Kirk Road. When the Uniting Church came into being in 1977, a decision to build a contemporary church on this site resulted in the building footprint we have today. The original church was shifted back on the site and became the hall, whilst the spacious and light-filled church was built at the front. For many years, a vibrant and active congregation gave life to these facilities with many church-based activities.

By the year 2010, the traditional church activities had diminished in size and in regularity, so in 2012 our Church Council took the step of repurposing the building for more community-based activities, as well as making it a home for a number of spiritual activities and expressions of church. In 2013, the Chapel Space became the Kirks Place Vintage Lounge, with mindfulness and meditation groups meeting, and vintage furniture and selected wares available for sale. Our Friday Lunches and Communion continued to meet, and the Feel Good- Sing group moved later from Queenscliff to gather at Kirks Place. Our own art groups have also been using the building, whilst yoga and other groups have been making use of the hall.

In 2017, the direction taken by the Church Council was boosted by the partnership formed with the Lighthouse Arts Collective, a group of local artists keen to find a space to develop as an Arts Centre. This enthusiastic group of artists brought new life to New Hall, with Concerts, Exhibitions, Community Meals, No Lights No Lycra and many other activities.

Now, in 2020, whilst under the restrictions of COVID-19, the partnership enters a new phase. Funded by grants from Creative Victoria and Queenscliff Music Festival, the LAC are developing a new Outdoor Arts and Community Space in the forecourt as well as art studios and a common worktable within the Chapel.

Kirks Place in Point Lonsdale is a community arts and spirituality centre that has an evolving palette of activities. 

We are undergoing some exciting developments currently that mean there is a welcoming home for many diverse groups in Kirks Place, as well as a developing arts community and space for people to gather. 

The ‘project’ is gathering pace now as the Studios and gathering spaces are taking shape, ensuring that this vibrant space will be a place of welcome and hospitality for many years to come.

Watch This Space for the Opening of a revamped Kirks Place

The Chapel

A large open multi-purpose space for a variety of activities, including hospitality, artist studios, a common worktable and The Good Shop. Home to Friday Lunch and Communion, Feel Good-Sing, in Perspective art group, Painting Together Art Group, Mindful Moments and a meditation group.

The Good Shop

Curated Art and Gathered Items for sale.

The Garden

The forecourt at Kirks Place, including the Memorial Garden, is undergoing a thorough revamp. New outdoor spaces will be created, allowing for a range of possible outdoor activities, including gatherings, community garden projects, markets and more.

Artist Studios

Four Artist Booths are available for hire by artists. One of these booths will be used by an Artist in Residence from time to time.

New Hall

The home of Lighthouse Arts Collective. Also the venue for Yoga Teachers Collective classes, No Lights No Lycra, and LAC events and activities.

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