Melbourne Fringe

The Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) proudly presents contemporary arts and cultural work across all art forms. We work collaboratively with artists and in partnership with other arts and cultural organisations to share our unique, multi-arts precinct with diverse audiences. Our audiences love our non-traditional spaces and engaging with work that explores new ways to think about creativity, culture and the world.

In September, hundreds of artists take over Melbourne’s streets, venues, clubs and even its lounge rooms – for Melbourne Fringe. The Abbotsford Convent Foundation is proud to be a long-standing partner of this big, bold (and gloriously messy) celebration of independent art. We support Fringe’s mission for cultural democracy by hosting works across all art forms in our non-traditional spaces. For nearly a decade, the Convent has been a perfectly unconventional stage for Melbourne Fringe’s annual experimental design showcase, Fringe Furniture.

From the reassuringly practical to the confusingly obtuse, Fringe Furniture has seen it all. A boundary-pushing showcase of cutting-edge design, this is no Ikea showroom (though you might still find something comfy to sit on).

Established as an experimental playground, Fringe Furniture is a standout exhibition of emerging and market-ready design and has provided a platform for artists and designers to exhibit their work for 33 years, making it one of the longest design events in Australia.

Find out more about Fringe Furniture and register now on the Melbourne Fringe website.

If you’re an arts organisation, or an educational organisation with an arts and cultural focus, and believe that you have a program suited to a partnership or collaboration with the Convent, please feel free to get in touch with the ACF Producer, Natalie Smith.