The Thomas Dixon building was a centre of craftsmanship and industry in Brisbane’s West End. Designed by leading architect Richard Gailey, it was commissioned in 1908 by Thomas Coar Dixon, an entrepreneurial and visionary man who proudly declared, “This building be here when I and my sons have long passed, as a monument of pluck and indomitable perseverance.” It was purchased by the Queensland Government and refurbished as a centre for dance and arts in 1991.
Following its redevelopment by the Queensland Government in 1991, the Thomas Dixon Centre has nurtured many talented, dedicated artists and dancers.
It has provided them with a safe base to pursue their art and their dreams, and create and share transformative artistic experiences with our community. Queensland Ballet is a firmly established resident within the building and part of the local West End community. The Company is humbled and proud to have the opportunity to remain in this iconic building, to safeguard and celebrate its heritage, and steward it into an era of renewed artistic endeavour and enhanced community engagement. Over the last five years, our company’s remarkable growth has meant we’ve outgrown our current facilities.
As we enter the next stage of our exciting journey as a global ballet company, we will be undertaking a significant redevelopment of the Thomas Dixon Centre.
Envisaged and articulated by renowned architects, Conrad Gargett, Queensland Ballet’s new home retains the original building at its heart. The two-storey, Georgian revival-style factory building is prominent, proudly presenting its solid, impressive façade to Montague Road. New extensions are subservient in their siting, form and connections to the existing structure, and the heritage-listed building and its history are celebrated throughout.
Through an interplay of heritage elements and contemporary architecture, the designs for the new Thomas Dixon Centre (TDC) exhibit an easy balance of tradition and new directions, reflective of the arts practice which is nurtured on the site. This redevelopment is a physical expression of the growth and maturing of Queensland Ballet, embodying its far-reaching vision to enrich lives through ballet and ambition to be a leading company on the world-stage. The new Thomas Dixon Centre will continue to inspire with confident expressions of creativity, innovation and sustainability when we open our doors again at the end of 2020.