Renaissance Centre Inspires

Now in regular use, the stunning IGS Renaissance Centre is changing the educational experience for IGS students and teachers, delivering flexible learning spaces dedicated to advancing students’ creative learning and performance aspirations. 

The Renaissance Centre includes a stunning university-style academic lecture theatre, seminar rooms, break out teaching spaces for collaboration and the Manuela Bachmann Dance Studio, named in honour of IGS foundational staff member, prima ballerina, committed ballet instructor and long serving Director of IGS After Care.

The Manuela Bachmann Dance Studio will facilitate the expansion of Dance at IGS and expand our offerings in the Performing Arts.

The walls are adorned with stylised large-scale representations from The Italian Renaissance such as Michelangelo’s David and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa as we seek to inspire our students further to love and treasure learning — in the words of Leonardo da Vinci, “Learning never exhausts the mind”.

Constructed within the site of a 130 year old wool store at the corner of Smail and Mountain Streets in Ultimo, beside our Fusion Building classrooms, the Renaissance Centre is set to enhance our students’ learning and performance opportunities for many years to come. 

The Ultimo Series 

We look forward to welcoming parents and carers and our wider IGS community into this special space for events and functions such as The Ultimo Series. The Series features quarterly academic lectures from renowned thought leaders, designed to engage discussion and Q&A on critical topics, in an intimate setting. The first of the Series is scheduled for 20 March 2024 and will see Professor Hickie, Professor of Psychiatry and the Co-Director of Health and Policy, Brain and Mind Centre at University of Sydney, present insights on Navigating Youth Mental Health in the Post-Covid World. Tickets to this seminal event can be purchased here.

Warm thanks to BVN Architecture and Rohrig for helping us achieve our vision for this multi-functional learning space.

Photography: Tom Roe and Allison Lee.