Take a trip through eastern suburbs and explore the art spaces across the Eastside.
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.
Reaching across the Melbourne sprawl, galleries range from Richmond to Lilydale. Some nestled amongst glorious settings of gardens and grounds such as St Helier's Street Gallery at Abbotsford Convent and Heide Museum of Modern Art, other's are set alongside suburban shopping complexes, such as Artpsace at Realm.
What: Yarra Sculpture Gallery was established in 1997 in order to provide a large space for sculpture. YSG is an Artist Run Initiative and it is managed by members of the Contemporary Sculpture Association (CSA), and supported by the City of Yarra
When: Thursday - Sunday 11am - 4pm.
Where: 117 Vere Street, Abbotsford.
What: Established in 2009, St Heliers Street Gallery is an Abbotsford Convent Foundation initiative. The gallery is located on the ground floor of the main Convent building. St Heliers Street Gallery is managed by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation in partnership with Cams Kiosk. It showcases work by the Convent’s artistic community, as well as providing an affordable space for emerging artists to exhibit.
When: Tuesday – Sunday 8am – 5pm.
Where: 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford. The gallery is located on the ground floor of the main Convent building. St Heliers Street Gallery is wheelchair accessible.
What: The gallery was established in 2007 and now holds an annual exhibition program, showcasing work from the Whitehorse Art Collection and artists who reside within Victoria. Curated to inspire, intrigue and challenge, the exhibitions at Artspace contain something for everyone.
When: Tuesday to Friday 10am–4pm, Saturday 12–4pm.
Where: Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
What: Heide Museum of Modern Art began life in 1934 as the home of Melbourne couple John and Sunday Reed and has since evolved into one of Australia's most important cultural institutions. Soon after purchasing the fifteen acre property on which Heide stands in 1934, founders John and Sunday Reed opened their home to like-minded individuals such as artists Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Joy Hester, John Perceval and Danila Vassilieff. Heide became a place for the discussion, creation and promotion of modern art and literature. Now, the museum sits across three buildings within the grounds, hosting regular exhibitions by local, national and international artists. Although the museum attracts a fee, the gardens and sculpture park is free. Members enter free and Manningham residents enter the museum free on presentation of proof of address.
When: Tuesday - Sunday and public holidays, 10am - 5pm
Where: 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen
What: Manningham Art Gallery presents an eclectic exhibition program featuring work by local and Victorian artists, as well as touring shows from across Australia. Their exhibitions are supported by a range of public programs such as artist talks, workshops and other participatory events to encourage engagement with the arts in multiple and diverse ways.
When: Tuesday - Saturday 11.00am - 5.00pm
Where: 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster. Manningham Art Gallery is accessible by wheelchair.
What: Spanning four gallery spaces, the Town Hall Gallery features a diverse range of contemporary and innovative curated exhibitions, public programs and exhibits drawn from the Town Hall Gallery Collection. Exhibitions are carefully selected to explore diverse mediums and themes relevant to Boroondara and the visual arts scene. Town Hall Gallery is run by Boroondara Council.
When: Monday - Friday 10am to 4pm; Saturday 12pm - 4pm.
Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn.
What: Seventh gallery is a non-profit gallery mostly run by artists, for artists. Seventh support culturally diverse voices. Their exhibitions are experimental and critical, and try to remain accessible to a range of audiences.
When: Wednesdays - Saturdays 12pm - 6pm.
Where: 215 Church St, Richmond
What: Artspace at Realm is programmed with a wide range of contemporary visual and performing arts. The curated program within ArtSpace features exhibitions by leading multi-disciplinary artists. It presents arts experiences, exhibitions, performances, activities and events to engage with community members and visitors.
When: Everyday 9am - 8pm.
Where: ArtSpace at Realm, Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood
What: Formerly known as Maroondah Access Gallery, and located within the cultural centre at Maroondah Federation Estate in Ringwood, Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery offers constantly changing exhibitions with a community focus.
When: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Where: Maroondah Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood
What: MGA is the Australian home of photography. They champion Australian photography, and inspire audiences to embrace, explore and value photography. As Australia’s leading public art gallery devoted to the collection and exhibition of photography, they engage local, national and international audiences in arts and cultural experiences. Situated in landscaped grounds with stunning views of the Dandenong Ranges, MGA is located on a landmark site once occupied by an early homestead. A sculpture park enables visitors to enjoy their art experience both inside and outside the gallery.
When: Tuesday–Friday 10am–5pm, Saturday–Sunday 10am–4pm
Where: 860 Ferntree Gully Rd, Wheelers Hill
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