Venues for hire

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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 COVID Safe venue hire.

Then, if you would like to hire a space, simply submit a venue hire enquiry and someone from our Venue Hire team will be in touch.

COVID Safe venue hire

As at 11 November 2020, in line with Victorian Government directives, the following events/activities are currently permitted in our internal venue spaces (subject to density quotient restrictions):

  • Yoga
  • Dance 
  • Circus
  • Drama classes
  • Choir (up to five, professional)
  • Music 
  • Exhibitions
  • Rehearsals
  • Creative classes
  • Creative development / studio space
  • Filming and photography
  • Exhibitions
  • Live streaming and broadcasting
  • Market and retail activity

Other activities are not currently permitted in our venues. For further information please refer to the current restricted activity guidelines from DHHS.

Outdoor spaces
To explore the use of suitable outdoor spaces for your event, please submit a venue hire enquiry. Our friendly Venue Hire team will be happy to help you through the options.

COVID Safe cleaning surcharge
Due to mandatory COVID Safe cleaning requirements, a $25 surcharge will be applied to each booking. For the larger North Magdalen Laundry this cleaning levy is $200. We thank you for your understanding as we continue to keep our community safe.

COVID Safe Plans for venue hirers
As per Victorian Government directives, it will be mandatory for some hirers and events to submit a COVID Safe Plan as part of the booking process. For all other bookings completion of a COVIDSafe checklist will be required.

Failure to submit a COVID Safe Plan or COVIDSafe Checklist prior to your event will unfortunately result in the cancellation of your booking with cancellation fees applied.

We will provide you with a user friendly template, COVID Safe Venue Hire Guidelines, venue capacity information and links to venue floors plans to help you along your journey in returning to our venues or enquiring for the first time.

These additional COVID safety requirements now form a part of our Conditions of Hire agreement for all events.

Abbotsford Convent has a COVID Safe Plan in place for our venues to keep venue users and workers safe. You can view our plan here.

For detailed venue information including photos please browse our suite of venues, listed at the top of this page.

Thank you!

By hiring a space at the Convent, you are supporting the long-term sustainability of our not-for-profit arts, cultural and learning precinct for everyone to enjoy, 365 days a year.

Weddings, parties & private functions

Bursaria Fine Foods  is the exclusive caterer for the heritage gardens, Rosina Function Space and Courtyard, hosting a range of events from wedding ceremonies and receptions to corporate workshops, Christmas parties, special occasions, life celebrations and family fun days.

The 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.

Contact Bursaria for all enquiries relating to hosting your wedding or event in the Rosina Function Space on 03 9818 1626 email hello@bursaria.com.au or make an enquiry below.

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Filming & photography

The 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 photography enquiries are managed by Bursaria who can be contacted directly on 03 9818 1626 or hello@bursaria.com.au

Location photo and film shoots must have prior approval from the Abbotsford Convent. To undertake filming or photographic projects at the Convent we require that you read the Filming and Photography Conditions of Hire and complete the Application Form below.

Application Form

Programming & partnerships

The 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 the Convent’s Producer directly.

ACF Producer
Natalie Smith
03 9415 3615

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