Here at the Convent, we have 31 spaces for hire on any given day – indoor and outdoor. We make our spaces available for community engagement, independent artists, community groups, corporates and Not-For-Profits. We love to facilitate rehearsals, performances, exhibitions, workshops, classes, meetings through to live music, food and wine festivals, markets and special events.

We have a small range of basic furniture and AV available for hire, and are happy to provide referrals for catering and comprehensive audio-visual needs.

To find a solution for your planned activity, please browse the range of resources on this page. Here you will find photos, floorplans, dimensions, capacities, pricing and flythroughs.

When you have found the right space, please fill in our enquiry form and one of the team will be in touch soon!

Enjoy, and welcome to the Convent!

Meetings & conferences

Make the historic Abbotsford Convent your next event, meeting or conference destination.

As Australia’s largest arts and cultural precinct, we provide unique, beautiful and versatile venues across 11 national heritage listed buildings, surrounded by stunning gardens and grounds, only 4 kms from the CBD.

By holding your event with us, you are also supporting our not-for-profit arts, cultural and learning precinct for everyone to enjoy.

Our offer:

  • Conveniently located only 4km from Melbourne’s CBD
  • Comfortable and affordable meeting rooms
  • A variety of spaces to suit 10 to 150 people
  • Flexible floorplans that accommodate presentations and breakouts
  • Natural daylight abundant in all rooms
  • Surrounded by green space and beautiful gardens
  • Fully wheelchair accessible
  • Easy access by public transport
  • Dedicated car park on site at only $14 a day
  • Three eateries on the precinct, from breakfast to post event drinks
  • Full day, half day and Not-For-Profit rates available
  • Free WiFi
  • Standard AV available for hire
  • Professional support from enquiry to post event

Unique extras:

  • Professional on site catering to suit a range of budgets
  • Social History tours
  • Indigenous storytelling tours
  • Garden appreciation walks

Keen to know more?

Filming & photography

Abbotsford Convent is the perfect location for a variety of film and photography shoots. We have facilitated a large number of film and television productions, advertising and fashion shoots as well as many artistic projects. 

Live streaming and broadcasting. We encourage creatives and arts and cultural innovators to get in touch about using our venues for broadcasting and recording performances and digital presentations.

Family portraits are allowed outside the buildings and on the grounds without prior approval or any fees, however please be respectful of patrons. 

Wedding and engagement please see the above section under Weddings, parties & private functions 

Location photo and film shoots must have prior approval from Abbotsford Convent. 

Please refer to our film and photography conditions of hire and apply here.

Weddings, parties & private functions (including engagements, birthday parties and memorials)

Abbotsford Convent’s Rosina Function Space is a unique venue offering heritage elegance for your special event; featuring original lead-light windows, polished floorboards, atmospheric high ceilings and exposed trusses. This exquisite space is the perfect canvas for you to add your own personal touch to create a fabulous celebration for up to 280 guests seated or 500 guests for a cocktail style event. Host your wedding ceremony amongst the rolling lawns of the heritage gardens or in the original bluestone Good Shepherd Chapel.

Enquiries relating to hosting a wedding, or any kind of personal or private event, at the Convent can be directed to Peter Rowland Group on 03 9825 0000 or email enquiries@peterrowland.com.au.

Wedding and engagement photography is also welcomed at the Convent. Income generated through this activity goes to support our National Heritage-listed venue. Our rate is $750 for the day. This provides you with an all-access ground pass which allows you to choose to take your photos anywhere you like. Please refer to our film and photography conditions of hire for more information and then fill in our enquiry form.

To book our spectacular backdrop for your special day, please call Peter Rowlands Group 03 9825 0000 or email enquiries@peterrowland.com.au.

Programming & partnerships

Abbotsford Convent fosters new ideas and critical thought, providing artists from a diverse range of disciplines opportunities to develop and present new work on-site. Our varied indoor spaces, grounds and gardens are the perfect locations for inspiration, growth and development of new works through which we encourage creativity, collaboration and diversity. Artists, collectives and organisations wanting to present works in partnership with the Convent or seeking opportunities to develop new works are encouraged to contact our Programming Team.

Image credit: ButohOut! Festival Performance Season 2019, photo by Vikk Shayen.

Make an enquiry

The Convent’s varied indoor and outdoor spaces, across our buildings, gardens and grounds, are perfect for inspiration, creativity and collaboration.

Before making a decision about a venue for your event, please read below for important information on COVIDSafe venue hire.

Then, if you would like to hire a space, simply fill out our Venues Enquiry Form and we will be in touch.

COVIDSafe Plan

Download our full COVIDSafe Plan.