ACF Turns 20!

Celebrating 20 years. 

In 2004 the Abbotsford Convent Coalition fought to save the Convent from commercial redevelopment and won.

This mighty movement was marked by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation being handed the keys to the Convent by the Victorian Government, providing the community with a special place to celebrate arts, culture and learning.

20 years later, Abbotsford Convent remains at the heart of a creative community. Memories are created here. Moments are celebrated here. Momentum is harnessed here.


A Message from the Chair.

Collette has been with the Convent for close to eight years and has expressed her deep gratitude for the support and guidance she has received from Board members past and present, Convent team and stakeholders during her time at the Convent.
We are grateful to Collette for her dedication to the Convent and community. She leaves a valuable legacy of her work that future CEOs can draw upon.

Good news at the Convent!

The Artists in Residence for 2024 – 2025 have been selected.

Each year, Abbotsford Convent invites applications from artists and creative industries leaders to engage with our unique precinct through two Studio Residencies. Join us in welcoming two new additions to the Convent creative community — Louise Marson, the inaugural recipient of the Maggie Maguire Residency, and this year’s Abbotsford Convent Artist-in-ResidenceAmelia Jean O’Leary.


We've got news.

Abbotsford Convent is thrilled to announce the Maggie Maguire Residency in honour of Abbotsford Convent’s first CEO, Maggie Maguire OAM . 

This 10 year commitment has been made possible by a generous gift from The Patagorang Foundation, founded by Roger Allen AM and Maggie Gray. The Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency, Maggie Maguire Residency, is for early career artists who have practised as a professional artist continually for less than 5 years. This inspirational gift will ensure this residency for early career artists continues at the Convent for 10 years.


Artist opportunities

Explore our story

Abbotsford Convent is Australia’s largest arts and cultural precinct. We are home to over 120 studios, a gallery, cafes, restaurants, a radio station, a school, and an abundance of green open space. Every year the Convent curates and welcomes a diverse range of art projects, rehearsals, workshops, exhibitions, markets, events and festivals. We look forward to welcoming you!