Raise Funds for Renovation

Since 2012 we have raised funds to repair the former girls and boys orphanages at St John’s Park. 


This precinct has been focused on public welfare and health policy since the 1830’s and it’s a perfect place for a health promotion focused arts organisation to create a place based resource to conduct cultural activities that promote well-being.

Behind the Cage

A journey through the derelict central part of the building that once housed staff of the orphanage.


This area is not open to the public due to safety concerns, locked behind a cage.

Stage One

Pulling out ceiling in Boys Dormitory

Stage One of the former Boys Orphanage repair comprises a little over half of the building, and was completed in 2020. 

Stage One has provided four new creative spaces to Kickstart Arts.

1831 North: Art Room - a space for art-making workshops.

1831 North: Dance Studio - a dance space for the Drill Performance Youth Dance Company.

1831 North: Rehearsal Studio - for small or large groups.

1831 North: The Hidden Theatre - Hobart’s newest 120 seat theatre! 

Stage Two

Stage Two will see the creation of six new artist studios.

Further funds are needed to continue the work.

If you want to assist or donate please support us.

The Evidence

The former Orphan School and associated buildings were derelict and unused, they were in disrepair. We have been raising funds and caring for these buildings since 2012.

Facility Management Media (AUS)

Website: Maintenance of
 Heritage buildings: planning for forever

National Trust - Tasmania (AUS)

Website: Education Programs

GreatAustralianSecret.Com (AUS)

Website: The Father Of Tasmania’s Colonial Architecture: John Lee Archer

ABC News (AUS)

Website: Tasmanian orphanages with dark history being reclaimed for a new purpose

Network Weaving

A few examples of local programs that might suit you.

National Trust - Tasmania (AUS): a community based member organisation responsible for the protection and presentation of historic heritage places.

Website: National Trust - Tasmania

Tasmanian Government Heritage 

PDF: Heritage Solutions