Open Spaces is a flagship program at the Abbotsford Convent. Our biggest weekend of the year, Open Spaces is a celebration of the Convent's people, spaces and places.
We invite you to join us on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November 2018 for arts, design, markets, tours, food, wellbeing and live music. From interactive performances to world beats in our heritage gardens, Open Spaces is our annual celebration of multi-disciplinary arts, diverse cultures, collaboration and place.
Download a PDF copy of the program, including event and exhibition times and locations. Visitors will also receive a printed copy of the program upon entry to the festival.
Our special opening event on Saturday 17 November, presented in partnership with the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Council >> Welcome to Wurundjeri country.
Open Sounds Music Program, programmed by Joel Ma
Multitalented producer Joel Ma (Joelistics) will be bringing world beats to our heritage gardens and eclectic DJs to Sacred Heart. Artists include Cool Out Sun, Senegambian Jazz band, Aaron Choulai x Daichi Yamamoto, and more. >> Check out the globetrotting line-up.
West Indies Calypso jazz, roaring revolutions to reverent hymns, and an eighty-strong choir performing in the chapel. Don't miss these musical performances by our talented Convent community. >> Discover new sounds.
Peruse and purchase handcrafted homewares, ceramics, jewellery, clothing, prints and more by independent local makers. >> Find a bit of handmade joy.
Print Space is our world of words, showcasing independent press, zines, publishers and writers including Perimeter, Matters Journal, Uro Publishing and West Space to name a few. >> Bold ideas burnished in ink.
Our popular markets 3MBS Record Fair and Melbourne Book Market will be making a special apperance at Open Spaces. >>Rummage for new treasures.
Play Program for Children
Hands-on activities to delight the youngest members of our community. >> Fun times ahead.
Get creative with our resident artists, attend a talk at c3 Contemporary Art Space, and join a Japanese tea ceremony. Discover exhibitions and installations across a wide variety of art forms, from photography to sculpture. >> Plan your art adventure.
The Convent is home to more than 120 studios, with tenants comprising visual artists, writers, illustrators, architects and more! Open Spaces proudly showcases our creative tenant community. >> Plot your creative route.
Health and Wellbeing at the Convent
Come and hear first-hand from the Convent's wellness practitioners. Take some time out and learn new ways to look after yourself in a relaxing space! >> Find time to unwind.
Join one of our conservation, gardening and architecture tours, or go on a unique listening adventure with a poet. Time to stretch your legs, discover new spaces and meet our makers! >> Let's go explore.
Good Food (and Drinks!)
In true festival style, there are outdoor bars, market pop-ups and food trucks bringing a global smorgasbord to Open Spaces. Discover delicious options for carnivores, vegos and vegans (and some GF as well). >> Check out what's on the menu.
To keep abreast of plans for Open Spaces 2018, sign up to the Convent's monthly e-news, The Humbug.
Want to help out at the Convent's biggest event of the year? Check out our volunteers page to apply.