Convent closed to public | some tenant studios remain open

    In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the entire Convent precinct is now closed to the public, until further notice. Only members of the onsite tenant community of artists, sole traders and small businesses remain on site at their own discretion at this time. 

    COVID-19 update: advice for visiting the Convent

    Based on the government's latest coronavirus (COVID-19) directives, we wish to share some important updates regarding visiting the Convent’s eateries, studios and businesses, and measures you must take to help protect your health when visiting the Convent.

    COVID-19 update: postponement of indoor events in our venues

    Due to the COVID-19 emergency, we have postponed all upcoming indoor events scheduled to be held in the Convent’s venue hire spaces, until further notice. 

    Precautionary measures due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

    A message from Abbotsford Convent Foundation CEO Collette Brennan regarding temporary event and exhibition postponements at the Convent. 

    In Conversation with Here's Looking At You Kid Head Distiller Liz Beech

    We chat with Liz Beech, Founder and Head Distiller of Here’s Looking At You Kid (HLAYK) about their exclusive Convent-inspired gin and what they have planned for Brewers Feast on 1 & 2 February.

    In Conversation with Urban Alley Head Brewer Shaya Rubinstein

    Brewers Feast returns to the Convent on 1 & 2 February, celebrating the best local craft beer, cider and spirits alongside great eats, live music and a host of workshops.

    We speak to Shaya Rubinstein, Head Brewer at Urban Alley, about their Brewers Feast selection, and his top tips for pairing food with brews.

    Announcing Our Asia TOPA Program

    Abbotsford Convent is excited to partner with Asia TOPA on an electrifying program celebrating the creative imagination of artists and cultures in the Asia-Pacific region from January – March 2020.

    In Conversation with the Convent’s new Gardener Mal Jackson

    We speak to our new Gardener Mal Jackson to find out a bit more about how he keeps our gardens beautiful and healthy, and the exciting plans he has for the future. 

    In Conversation with Afro Hub Founder Saba Alemayoh

    We’re so excited for our first collaboration with Afro Hub, bringing a host of African Australian talent to the Convent across two special events. We sat down with Saba Alemayoh, Founder of Afro Hub, to chat about our upcoming events, culture from the continent, and how Afro Hub reduces barriers to access for Melbourne’s African Australian artistic community.

    Windows to Worlds

    The windows of any building are its most vulnerable part – but they’re also where the light gets in. They’re the liminal spaces where people can peer into, and out of, other worlds. We had a chat with creatives and practitioners from the Convent building community about their heritage studios and what inspires them most about the view.