Join the Creative Community at Australia’s Largest Multi-Arts Precinct
Joining the Abbotsford Convent as a tenant provides a unique opportunity to be part of Australia’s largest creative community. Just four kilometres from the CBD, the Abbotsford Convent – with its historic buildings and lush surrounds – has become an inner-city sanctuary for creative practitioners and organisations seeking a peaceful, yet vibrant working environment.
The Abbotsford Convent is owned and managed by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) – a not-for-profit organisation that operates the Convent on behalf of the public.
About our Community
Home to more than 100 writers, artists, creatives, organisations and wellbeing practitioners, one of the key benefits of being based at the Convent is the support, collaboration, and cross-pollination that our artist community offers. The Abbotsford Convent Foundation supports a vibrant and active community and space is in high demand.
Tenants are invited to be part of the Convent’s year-round arts program and commissioned works, including; Open Spaces, which showcases our tenant community; the Open Spaces Art Trail, which showcases commissioned, site-specific work; the Alchemy arts grants program, which commissions works in response to the Convent’s architecture, location and history; and exhibiting at St Heliers Street Gallery, which predominantly showcases tenants’ work. Tenants also receive heavily discounted rates for hiring the Convent’s venues for meetings, rehearsals, events, film shoots, performances and workshops. Tenants also receive access to complimentary WiFi at the Convent.
Studios, Services & Amenities
Most studios spaces to let are located in the Convent building and the Mercator building, which is for industrial art. Studios predominantly range from 10 – 120 square metres. Tenants have access to shared kitchenette facilities, bathrooms and showers, as well as discounted car parking. Placed alongside the Yarra Capital Trail, the Convent is also easily accessible on bike or public transport. Rooms are self-contained, lockable and have hydronic heating.
How to Apply
Creative practitioners, organisations and businesses are eligible to apply for studio spaces. Prospective tenants are encouraged to register their interest online. When a suitable space becomes available, we will email you to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI). A panel will review submissions in order to shortlist applicants. Applicants will be advised of results in writing.
Sacred Heart Tenancies Update
In August 2017, the ACF called for Expressions of Interest from arts and cultural professionals, organisations and businesses seeking to lease spaces in the Convent’s soon-to-be-restored Sacred Heart building. Sacred Heart Expressions of Interest closed on 18 October 2017. For Sacred Heart tenancy timelines, please click here. For the Sacred Heart Information Pack available for reference only, please click here.