Gertrude Contemporary is not-for-profit gallery and studio complex that has been supporting contemporary artists for over 30 years. Gertrude is valued nationally and respected internationally as a dynamic centre for the production and presentation of contemporary art. Gertrude boosts creative and professional development in its strong community of arts practitioners through the studio program and the exhibition program, run across two venues. Our artists are connected to our diverse audience through the exhibition program, education workshops and public programs. This nexus between art practitioners and audience is essential to all of Gertrude's activities. As Melbourne's leading centre for contemporary art and ideas, Gertrude provides a space for our artists and the public to engage in risk-taking contemporary art.
In 2015 Gertrude Contemporary launched a new satellite space Gertrude Glasshouse on Glasshouse Road, Collingwood, which has enabled an expanded exhibition program focussing on solo exhibitions by Gertrude Studio Artists.
Gertrude Glasshouse our much-loved project space in Collingwood is supported by long-term patrons Michael Schwarz and David Clouston. Gertrude Glasshouse was designed by award-winning architects at SIBLING. In 2016, Sibling received a commendation for Gertrude Glasshouse at the Victorian Architecture Awards in the Small Project Architecture category.
To view the current exhibition program at Glasshouse click here.
Gertrude Contemporary opened in 1985 in a large converted textiles factory in Fitzroy, Melbourne and led the way as Australia’s first combined gallery and studio complex. Named initially after its address - 200 Gertrude Street - the organisation has since expanded, transforming from an address to an entity, and changing its name to Gertrude Contemporary in 2010.
As Melbourne’s leading centre for contemporary art and ideas, the organization has continued to build on its innovative origins, growing to facilitate the expanding field of contemporary art through a wide variety of exhibition, studio, curatorial and education programs. With the artist firmly placed at the centre of all of our activities, we are positioned at the nexus between the production of contemporary art through our studio programs, and its presentation through our exhibitions and publications.
Since 1985 we have accumulated a vast alumni of past exhibiting and studio artists including some of Australia’s leading names in contemporary art. As one key example, 17 out of the past 20 artists to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale since 1995 have either held a studio or participated in an exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary. This select community of Australia’s most pivotal contemporary artists has expanded in recent years to include our increasing international presence, with leading artists and curators from all over the world exhibiting in our galleries and staying in our studios. As a key generator for ideas in Australia, and with the momentum of our history behind us, Gertrude Contemporary is now the oldest, continually running contemporary art centre in Australia.
The breadth of Gertrude Contemporary’s program reflects the organisation’s commitment to facilitating opportunities for the presentation and development of contemporary art and ideas.
Gertrude Contemporary presents approximately 20 exhibitions annually featuring work by Australian and international artists across three gallery spaces with a focus on new work, commissions and expanded practice. Running alongside our Exhibition Program is the Gertrude Contemporary Studio Program, which consists of sixteen non-residential studios, available to artists in the first fifteen years of their professional practice and provided for two-year tenures. Gertrude Contemporary also has a residential studio for visiting international artists, curators and writers for residencies of between two-weeks to three-months, as well as producing several international touring exhibitions per year. We also offer a world class Education Program, Volunteer and Internship Programs, Gertrude’s Table Patrons Program, annual Gertrude Editions as well as an active publishing program.
As a centre for new art and ideas, we actively foster our creative community through partnerships and collaborations with like-minded, innovative institutions the world over and through these partnerships we are able to offer a range of programs including: The Emerging Writers Program in collaboration with Art and Australia magazine and the Ian Potter Foundation; Visiting International Curators Program with Arts Victoria; the Emerging Curators Program with Next Wave Festival; our flagship exhibition series Octopus (established in 2000) with Proclaim Management Solutions as well as exhibitions and projects with Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne Art Fair Foundation and numerous independent arts spaces internationally.
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