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As a combined gallery and studio complex, Gertrude Contemporary provides a unique insight for students of all ages into the public presentation and behind-the-scenes production of art.

The gallery offers a range of valuable educational experiences for students and school groups, catering for a diverse range of curricula and study fields within the visual and media arts.

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Gertrude Contemporary’s program presents approximately 20 exhibitions annually featuring work by Australian and international artists across two gallery spaces - Gertrude Gontemporary, Preston South and Gertrude Glasshouse, Collingwood.

Our Education Tours led by Gertrude Contemporary staff can focus on a range of contemporary art issues and ideas within the context of the current exhibition program. The tours can also be tailored to focus on outcomes specific to the group’s learning needs and interests.

Alongside Gertrude Contemporary’s Exhibition Program, the gallery’s Studio Artist Program provides a unique opportunity for students to access one of the sixteen artists-in-residence and experience a behind-the-scenes look at a working studio practice and a Q and A session with the artist.

These tours must be booked ahead of time.

Both the gallery tour and Studio Artist Program provide an excellent opportunity for Primary, Secondary or Tertiary Students. For Secondary and VCE Studio Arts, Media Arts and Visual Communication Design, we particularly focus on the following areas of study: 

  • Present and perform
  • Respond and interpret
  • Explore and express
  • Visual art practice
  • Art industry contexts

In 2018, the City of Darebin and The Department of Education and Training through its Strategic Partnerships Program (SPP), have provided funding to fully subsidise the cost of these programs to targeted Low-SES Schools. For schools that fall outside this classifications the cost is $55 (incl. GST).

Bookings: To book a tour, please email Siobhan Sloper, Gallery Coordinator on [email protected] or call the gallery between 10.00am–5.00pm Monday – Friday.



These resources were created around our major exhibition program to provide teachers with a range of strategies and tasks they can use in their classroom. Please click the links below to download each resource.

David Noonan: A Dark and Quiet Place

Sangeeta Sandrasegar: It's Like That

Great Movements of Feeling, Curated by Zara Sigglekow 

Raafat Ishak: Chicken River and Khadim Ali: Fragmented Memories

Octopus 18: Mother Tongue

Zzzzz: Sleep, Somnambulism, Madness

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Contemporary Art on the Road + Home (CAOTR+H) is a unique program that provides teachers access to artists and art experts from some of Melbourne’s leading art institutions. This Professional Development program was initiated and developed in 2015 by Gertrude Contemporary in partnership with Monash University Museum of Art and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, as well as several regional Victorian Galleries.


In 2018 CAOTR will be presenting Professional Development workshops for Primary and Secondary, Art, Media Arts and Visual Communications teachers at: Latrobe Regional Art GalleryShepparton Art MuseumHorsham Regional Art Gallery and two at our home location in Preston South.


CAOTR + H programs are FREE programs target at regional schools or Low-SES Metropolitan Melbourne schools. If you are unsure if your school is within this category please contact Siobhan Sloper, Gallery Coordinator on [email protected].


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Latrobe Regional Gallery

Latrobe Regional Gallery

Shepparton Art Museum

Shepparton Art Museum

Horsham Regional Art Gallery

Horsham Regional Art Gallery

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These resources were created for our Contemporary Art on the Road program to introduce teachers to a range of hands-on, expertly designed strategies and resources for teaching contemporary art in the classroom. Click the links below to download each resource.

Minna Gilligan - Painting and Collage

Noriko Nakamura - Limestone Sculpture

Nik Pantazopoulos - Photography

Eric Demetriou - Sound Art (includes example Unit Planner and marking rubric)

Rosie Isaac - Text and Performance (includes example Unit Planner and marking rubric)


Contemporary Art on the Road+ Home is supported by the Department of Education and Training through its Strategic Partnerships Program (SPP).

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Fitzroy Art Spaces Tour (FAST) is an education initiative for teachers and students of VCE Studio Arts. The program offers a new pathway to explore the art industry in Fitzroy and surrounding areas.

Fitzroy Art Spaces Walking Tours complement FAST online resources, enabling students to engage with professionals behind the scenes at a number of galleries including:

  • Alcaston
  • Dianne Tanzer and this in no fantasy
  • Centre for Contemporary Photography
  • Gertrude Glasshouse
  • Australian Print Workshop


Participants will experience different approaches to the exhibition and promotion of contemporary art. They will be introduced to curatorial considerations involved in the display of artworks.

Fore mor information please see the FAST website.

The program has been developed in consultation with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) with support from the Department of Education and Training through its Strategic Partnerships Program (SPP).

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