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The Courtyard

The Courtyard is housed in the heart of Salamanca Arts Centre
on Hobart’s historic waterfront.
It’s the perfect place to sit and relax during the day.

The back wall of the Courtyard is a natural rock face, creating a unique backdrop for arts activity. The same rock face continues into the adjacent Peacock Theatre.

The Courtyard has been used successfully for theatrical and dance performances, music recitals, SAC Resident Markets, film screenings, and cabaret. And for the past 20 Years has been the primary venue for the weekly live music event, Rektango.

In 2019, with the assistance of Independent Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie MP, Salamanca Arts Centre was awarded a Federal Government Regional Development Grant to make improvements to the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard. Major renovations were completed in 2020 aims to improve the visibility and accessibility of tenancies around the Courtyard. Automatic doors have been installed, along with more glazing and track lighting. The peacock feather-shaped platforms invite a greater variety of art forms. The state-of-the-art sound system and outdoor theatre lighting will create an unforgettable audience experience.

SAC sought commissioned projects in fine art and furniture design that would make the Courtyard more stimulating. Floating against the rock face is Escape Pod : a work by Colin Langridge inspired by a maritime escape pod. Embedded in the paving is a stainless-steel peacock feather by Gerhard Mausz above which are custom Sassafras timber benches and tables designed and made by Paul Allen.

Renovation Contributors
Funding : Dept. of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Design : Miriam Shevland of PlayStreet Landscape & Urban Design
Surface Art : Gerhard Mausz
Public Art Escape Pod: Colin Langridge
Furniture : Paul Allen
Signage : Stephen Goddard
Construction : LAMCON
Audio Visual : GK Productions
Paving : Concrete Concepts
Landscape : Andrew Meyer
Electrical : A S Farr
Plumbing : Express Plumbing
Auto Doors : CBS TORMAX
Logistical Assistance : Salamanca Fresh

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Applying for the Courtyard | 2022 Calendar : REMAINING DATES

SAC Assesses applications for the Courtyard on an ongoing basis with rolling applications throughout the year. Applications are only sought for the current year.

Salamanca Arts Centre is currently seeking applications for the Courtyard for the REMAINING DATES in the 2022 calendar.

Applications are sought for Performances, Concerts, Workshops, Corporate Events, Private Functions and more!

Availability: Many months in 2022 are already heavily booked. Due to the location of the Courtyard and the significant sound bleed between the adjacent Venues, the availability of the Courtyard is pending the bookings and scheduled activity in the adjacent Venues (Peacock Theatre, Founders Room, Sidespace Gallery, Long Gallery). An event cannot occur in the Courtyard if there is already an event scheduled in an adjacent venue.

There is a live music event (Rektango) in the Courtyard every Friday evening between 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
The Courtyard is not available to Hire during Rektango.

Please email the Venues Manager to confirm date availability in 2022 prior to the submission of your application.

For more information on the hire of the Courtyard, including Venue Hire Rates for and the Conditions of Hire, please DOWNLOAD the Courtyard Conditions of Hire (PDF) prior to submitting your online application.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within 10 Working Days of the submission of their application.


Please note: All Applications for the Courtyard must be completed online. Paper submissions will not be accepted. For more details please contact the Venues Manager via email at venues@sac.org.au


ALERT ME : Next Call for Applications

To be notified of the next Call for Applications for the Courtyard, including dates from March 2024 onwards, please complete the ALERT ME online form and you will be contacted once the next Call for Applications opens.

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Conditions of Hire

For more information on the hire of the Courtyard, including Venue Hire Rates and the Conditions of Hire, please DOWNLOAD the Courtyard Conditions of Hire (PDF).

Venue Hire Rates

Pop-Up Performance / Event
$75 per Hire (GST Inclusive)
Daytime | Non-Exclusive Hire

Evening Public Performance / Event
$200 per Hire (GST Inclusive)
Evening | Exclusive Hire

Evening Private Event
$300 per Hire (GST Inclusive)
Evening | Exclusive Hire
Includes all non-Arts Events, Private Functions, Corporate Events

For more information on Venue Hire Rates, please DOWNLOAD the Courtyard Conditions of Hire (PDF).


Limited dates remaining in 2022.

Please contact the Venues Manager via email to check the availability of dates in 2022 for your event or to arrange a tour.

Floor Plan

Please download the basic the Courtyard floor plan HERE.

Image credits:
All photographs by Nicole Robson (2021).
Jane Longhurst and Iain Lang performing Happy Days by Samuel Beckett in the Courtyard, Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard (Mona Foma, January 2021). Photograph by Nicole Robson. Photograph courtesy of Nicole Robson and Salamanca Arts Centre.

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