St Heliers Street Gallery 2022 EOI

Abbotsford Convent’s St Heliers Street Gallery (SHSG) exhibits high calibre works from emerging and established artists. Founded in 2009, the gallery supports the work of tenants at the Convent as well as exhibitions from the wider arts and cultural sector, to share with our thriving and diverse community.

In pre-COVID times, SHSG welcomes over 2000 visitors a week and its proximity to Cam’s Kiosk makes it a natural hub for artistic conversations and collaborations. It’s a perfect place to share your works with a diverse and growing audience.

Join our program in 2022

We are inviting expressions of interest (EOI) for five exhibitions in 2022. Please note that we have committed to artists impacted by COVID lockdowns in 2021 and have rescheduled them, where possible, into 2022 – hence the reduction in our usual numbers of exhibitions available.

We welcome EOIs from emerging, mid-career artists and curators alongside Convent-based tenants including solo, collaborative and group exhibitions. We also strongly encourage EOIs from First Nations artists and artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are interested in work across all mediums as well as interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary practices. However, if you work in sound, new media, video, installation, or performance, please note that the gallery is located next to a busy café. If ambient sound will be an issue, this should be addressed in your proposal.

Our ambition is bold.

SHSG forms a key component of the Abbotsford Convent Foundation’s vision to be a unique arts, culture and learning precinct.  For our 2022 program, we are seeking innovative work that stimulates community engagement and brings new audiences to the gallery.

For further information on exhibiting at the Convents’ SHSG please see the FAQs (below) or email the ACF team at tenancy@abbotsfordconvent.com.au.

Please submit your EOI by  Sunday 31 October, 5pm using the following form.

Outcome notifications will be made by Monday 22 November 2022.

FAQs

Installation

Installation and de-installation of exhibitions are the responsibility of the exhibiting artist(s) and curator(s). However, ACF provides advice and support. Pre-installation meetings with ACF gallery staff are mandatory for each show.

Exhibitions are typically three weeks in duration, with two days for installing work and one day for de-install.

Equipment

We have a basic install kit for hanging and displaying standard works. Should you need special installation equipment, you will need to provide this. We can assist with the organisation of projector rentals and organising signage. We have plinths available.

Staffing and Invigilation

The opening and closing of the gallery space is done by Cam’s. However, artists are encouraged to invigilate their exhibitions as much as possible. The SHSG will provide support with selling of works when the artist/s are not present, but we do not invigilate exhibitions. Please note that external fundraising activities are not permitted alongside exhibitions or openings within the gallery.

The gallery opening times are typically:

Monday: 9am – 3pm
Tuesday – Sunday: 9am – 4pm.

Insurance

Exhibiting artists and curators are required to obtain their own public liability and insurance cover. Proof of this is required as part of the artist agreement if selected.

Pricing

Exhibiting in the gallery is free of charge for Convent-based artists and creatives. For those who do not have a studio at the Convent, a modest fee is charged to help cover gallery running costs.