Opening Hours

Tuesday – Friday
11.00 – 5.30pm
11.00 – 4.30pm

TELEPHONE +61 3 9419 3406
FACSIMILE +61 3 9419 2519


Gertrude Contemporary has sixteen low-cost artist studios available for artists in the first fifteen years of their professional career. Applications are accepted annually for these two-year studio residencies.

Since their inception in 1983 Gertrude Contemporary’s Studio Program has provided practical support and professional advocacy for many of Australia’s leading contemporary artists.

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General Information
16 low cost, non-residential studios located at Gertrude Contemporary are available to emerging artists for a period of two years. They range in size from 30–72 square metres. All spaces have fluorescent light and access to running water. Most have additional natural light and some have a private sink. The first and second floor studios allow good access for large works.
The current subsidised monthly rental is $200* including electricity. Tenants are required to pay one month's rent in advance, and a bond which is equivalent to two month’s rent.
*Subject to change. GST inclusive.

Submission Date Studios
For studios becoming available in 2015, please submit applications by Friday 26 September 2014 by 5.30pm (postmark date).
Applicants will be notified of outcomes by the end of November 2014.

All visual artists, except those working in very heavy materials or with dangerous chemicals are eligible to apply. Full-time students at any level may not hold a studio at Gertrude Contemporary. Those taking up full-time study while holding a studio will be required to relinquish it upon doing so. Part-time students must provide details of their course, contact hours and studio facilities. Applicants must be able to commit to a two-year period of residency, and must treat studio rental responsibilities as a priority.

Successful applicants are chosen on the basis of quality of work, perceived potential, space requirements and financial need.The organisation also attempts to create a balance of media, gender and age in the studio artist body.

Required Information
1. Completed application form. Use Adobe Acrobat to type into the form and print, or else print and complete by hand.
2. One CV (no more than one A4 page)
3. Visual materials (see below)
4. Large stamped self-addressed envelope for return
5. One A4 page of image credits - including titles, year, materials/length of video of visual materials

Visual Materials
Please submit work that has been completed in the past 2 years. Material in excess of the limits below will not be viewed by the committee.
Please supply:

- up to 12 images on CD, saved as individual JPEGS. All images submitted should be 72dpi and 25cm wide (landscape) or 18cm high (portrait) ANY IMAGES SUBMITTED THAT ARE NOT IN THIS FORMAT WILL NOT BE VIEWED BY THE COMMITTEE.

- or one DVD of up to 10 minutes in total running time may be supplied for moving image and sound works. Where multiple works are submitted the DVD must not run longer than 10 minutes.

If you submit more than one format of visual material, please halve the amount/viewing time. (Eg. If you submit images and a DVD, we will only view 6 slides and 5 minutes of the DVD). Material must be clearly labeled with the artist's name, title of work and date of execution. With DVDs, please indicate segment lengths

Please note if you would like your support material returned you must include a stamped, self-addressed with your application.

Not accepted
Slides, catalogues, photographs, colour photocopies, or any other printed material; VHS tapes; Powerpoint presentations; images saved in a PDF document.

Selection is made by the Studio Selection Panel, whose members include gallery staff, practising artists and other arts professionals. Applicants will be advised of results in writing. Panel decisions are final and cannot be negotiated.

Address enquiries to the Director or Program Manager T (03) 9419 3406 F (03) 9419 2519 or E [email protected] Please address submissions to: Director, Gertrude Contemporary, 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia.