The Robert Blackwood Hall is 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 resplendent Sir Louis Matheson pipe organ as well as two Steinway Model D Grand pianos.
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. Catering of alcohol and other beverages can be provided, and food can be catered for by a number of on campus providers.
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.
All hirers for performances in MAPA venues are required to use MAPA Box Office managed ticket sales.
The MAPA Box Office located at the Clayton campus is open from 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday. For performances the Box Office will be open one hour before event start time, closing half an hour after event start time.