Collingwood Yards

Take a trip through Collingwood Yards and explore the art spaces.

Tis image is a photo of people gathering in the forecourt of Collingwood Yards. There is a white building to the left and a brick building to the right.

The arts and cultural industries have been hard hit during these last two years.
Some spaces have closed for good, other spaces have moved homes and some have gone online.   


As galleries and art spaces reopen, now is a great time to reacquaint ourselves with art and culture and show galleries and artists some love.  

We take a look at independent, public, not-for-profit, artist-run initiatives and council galleries across Melbourne.

 

Collingwood Yards

Worthy of it’s own little subsection, Collingwood Yards is it’s own little hub of activity and blossoming arts community. Created over the last 4 years by charitable social enterprise Contemporary Arts Precincts Ltd, Collingwood yards supports small arts organisations and artists.  Located at the former Collingwood TAFE on Johnston St, Collingwood Yards hosts a range of enterprises including Westspace, Bus Projects, Centre for Projection Art and Arts Projects. You can also take a tour   

 

This image is a photo overlooking the Collingwood Yards. The photo is taken from a high vantage point and captures a gathering of people in the day time.

Collingwood Yards

What: Collingwood Yards is managed by Contemporary Arts Precincts Ltd. and is a charitable social enterprise. They are home to a variety of galleries, studios, social enterprise shops, radio stations, a cafe and an up coming roof top bar. The precinct is alive and buzzing with creative and artistic activity.

When: Collingwood Yards is home to many independent tenants, ranging from solo artists to large organisations. If you’re planning to visit a specific tenant, make sure you check their specific opening hours and their accessibility arrangements.

Where: 35 Johnston St, Collingwood 

 

This image a photo of an exhibition of Janelle Low at Arts Project Gallery. The back wall is a colourful mural of trains, geometric and abstract shapes. On the right wall, there are 8 colourful 2D images in wooden frames. To the back of the room and to the left is a white desk with a vase full of flowers. The left wall is full of windows and the floor is wooden.

Arts Project Gallery

What: Arts Project gallery is a dedicated space for artist working from the Arts Project Australia studios. Arts Project Australia is a creative social enterprise that supports artists with intellectual disabilities, promotes their work and advocates for their inclusion in contemporary art practice. 

When: Currently open by appointment only. Normal hours are Wednesday - Friday 11am - 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 4pm.

Where: Level 1, Collingwood Yards, 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood. Accessible and barrier-free.

 

This image is a photo of a gathering of people in Bus Projects. The walls and floor are white. Artwork is suspended from the ceiling..

Bus Projects  

What: Bus Projects is an artist-run organisation dedicated to supporting the practices of Australian artists. In addition to its core gallery-based program of exhibitions, events and residencies, Bus Projects collaborates with a range of artists and organisations to produce projects off-site and within the public realm.

When: Open by appointment only. Normal hours are Tuesday - Friday 11am - 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Where: 35 Johnston St, Collingwood 

 

Thi image is a photo of a projection by Atong Atem at Collingwood Yards. The projection is on a tall and narrow part of a brick building. The projection is os a person with short wavy dark hair ina long gown, sitting with hands clasped and wearing white shoes. The photo is shot at night time, as the sky is dark and lights are on around the building. A large tree is to the right and people sit on a bench below the projection.

Centre for Projection Art

What:  Centre for Projection Art is a not for profit organisation and registered charity focused on bringing artists and community together. Centre for Projection Art produces meaningful artistic events, including Gertrude St Projection Festival and residency programs.

When: Open by appointment only.

Where: 111/35 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

 

This image is a photo of the exterior of West Space. The image looks down a underpass space with the door of West Space open. Several people sit on a bench outside the gallery. Two people look over a brick wall away from West Space.

Westspace

What: West Space was founded by artists in 1993. Almost three decades on, Westspace operates as a contemporary art gallery, a commissioning organisation, and as a space for critical reflection and curatorial vision. Through on-site exhibitions and off-site programs, Westspace builds local and global communities around contemporary art.

When: Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm.

Where: Perry St Building, Perry St, Collingwood