Magdalen Laundry — North
During the 1920s, the Convent’s Magdalen Laundry was the largest commercial laundry in Melbourne. It is now thought to be amongst the few surviving and relatively intact examples of its type anywhere in the world. In late 2018, we began an ambitious program to restore these cavernous spaces for community use and creative activation. With initial base-build restoration works now complete, the North Laundry is the first space in the Laundry complex available for hire. By hosting your event in the North Laundry in 2019-20, you’ll be pioneering audience experiences in our premier venue.
The striking architecture and versatility of the North Laundry truly sets it apart from other venues in Melbourne. This 450m2 space has a capacity of 450 people and can be creatively configured to suit a wide range of large events, including exhibitions, conferences and performances.
The main hall features a vaulted ceiling with clerestory windows providing an abundance of natural light. The space has numerous power outlets, access to bathrooms and is universally accessible. The floor is painted black and can be used as a performance/installation/multi-arts stage. An adjacent mezzanine area can be hired separately as a green room, VIP area, small meeting room or creative space, and is accessible via an elevator.
Despite initial restoration works, like the rest of the Convent, the North Laundry is a sensitive, heritage-listed space. There are some inherent heritage requirements and limitations of use incorporated into our conditions of hire which are designed to protect the space for future generations and encourage creativity in approach.
Please contact the ACF Venues Department to discuss your technical requirements and to obtain a quote. All quotations will be inclusive of venue hire, staffing and cleaning.
As we start a new chapter, we reflect upon our past.
The North Laundry is an adaptable space for artists, audiences and communities to experience new practices, narratives and histories, while acknowledging and respecting the social history of the Convent.
For close to a century, many residents of the Convent worked in the Magdalen Laundry – without pay, and often in harsh and oppressive conditions. Out of respect for former residents, their families, and our community, all activities that take place in the North Laundry must align with the vision and values of the Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF).