Open Spaces: Tours
Looking for the 2019 Open Spaces Festival? Click here for the 2019 listing.
Our biggest weekend of the year, Open Spaces festival is a celebration of the Convent’s people, spaces and places.
Tempted to lounge in our gardens for the entire afternoon? Don't forget to stretch your legs and explore our unique site on a special guided tour. Hear from experts in conservation, gardening, architecture – and even a listening adventure with a poet. These tours are included as part of general entry to Open Spaces, no bookings are required.
Be sure to arrive at the meeting point 5-10 minutes before the tour departs. If you are unsure where to go, please speak to the volunteers at the festival info hub.
Gardening tour with Simon Taylor
Saturday, 2.30 – 3.30pm | Departing from info hub
The Convent sits amidst hectares of beautiful gardens. Tour our stunning gardens with our Head Gardener Simon Taylor and find out more about the Convent’s history.
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'Plant a Seed' with Matthew Henry
Saturday and Sunday, 2 – 4pm | Garden area between Chapel and Convent building
Convent-based garden designer Matthew Henry will show you have to make environmentally-friendly pots and effective seed plantings. You'll be provided with a care sheet to take home with your plant. Chat to an experienced gardener about sustainable practices, seasonal planting, and any other gardening questions you may have.
Listening tour by Kate Ellis
Saturday 2.30pm and 4pm | Departing from info hub
Experience the Convent in a whole new way. Led by poet and progressive arts education innovator Kate Ellis, this listening adventure encourages you to create as an artist might, through singular words or poetic statements. Your contributions will be gathered and gifted back to the Chapel for an upcoming exhibition.
Open Studios tour
Sunday, 1.45pm, 2.45pm and 3.45pm | Departing from info hub
The Convent is home to 120+ artists and creatives of diverse disciplines, transforming the site into an engine room of creative activity and collaboration. Join a guided tour of some of the Convent’s studios, where you can take a closer look at these creative spaces and meet the artists who inhabit them.
If you've worked up an appetite during your explorations, check out our food offering including some of Melbourne's best-loved food trucks and markets.