Melbourne CBD

Take a trip through Melbourne CBD and explore the art spaces.

This image is a photo of a gathering of people at Assembly Point, Creative Spaces, Southbank.

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.

 

Melbourne CBD

Stretching across the CBD from the arts precinct of Southbank, out to the edges of the Queen Victoria Market, there are a variety of art spaces to explore in Melbourne's CBD. From 24 hour accessible vitrines in Southbank, to a hub of artistic creativity in the Nicholas building, there small volunteer run spaces, and large public curated spaces. Grab a bike and explore all the nooks and cranny's of the CBD.

 

This image is a photo by John Gollings of the exterior of ACCA. It is a rusty colour and has various geometric angles. Lights are shining on it from below, and the sky is dark blue, suggesting the sun is going down.

ACCA

What: The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) plays an inspirational and critical role investing in our artistic and wider communities, leading the cultural conversation and setting the agenda for contemporary art. Our mission is to Do Art Differently – to challenge, connect and resonate – so that ACCA becomes the go-to place to engage with contemporary art now: a platform for artists, and a centre for the exchange of ideas, to reflect and inspire positive change in people and communities.

When: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 5pm.

Where: 111 Sturt St, Southbank.

 

This image is a hoto of artwork by Louise Paramour in one of the Assembly Point Vitrines. The work includes various objects including a white bear on ists back with a pink children's basketball hoop on top, a white chair balancing a red object and a black snake balanced on top of it and a gorilla with a yellow children's rocking toy on top of it.

Assembly Point

What: Assembly Point comprises of 5 glass vitrines lining the walkway between Sturt Street and Moore Street. It is a space operated by Creative Spaces supporting young, emerging and established contemporary artists, set within Melbourne's Arts Precinct adjacent to Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and National Gallery of Victoria (NGV International) and opposite the National Institute of Performing Art’s (NIDA) Melbourne hub.

When: Anytime.

Where: In between Sturt Street and Moore Street, Southbank.

 

This image is a photo of the empty interior of Blindside. The floor is polished concrete. The walls and ceiling are white. On the right hand side is a closed wooden door. On the left hand side is a doorway leading into another room. Through that doorway a window is visible. The space is brightly lit.

Blindside

What: Blindside is a leading platform for new and critical dialogues, contemporary art and bold ideas. Operating as an artist-run initiative since 2004, Blindside prioritizes diverse programming; provides paid opportunities for artists; builds critical exchange; facilitates artist-led development; and promotes cross-organisational partnerships. 

When: Currently closed, normal hours are Tuesday - Saturday 12pm - 6pm

Where: The Nicholas Building, Room 14, Level 7, 37 Swanston Street, 
Melbourne. Blindside is accessible via a lift.

 

This image is a photo of the exterior brick wall of the Buxton Contemporary building. Large white laetters spelling Buxton Contemporary are attached to the red bricak wall above head height in capital letters. Two people are walking anlong the footpath under the lettering. A person on a bike enters the left side of the picture on the road in the foreground.

Buxton Contemporary

What: Buxton Contemporary, located at the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus, draws upon the Michael Buxton Collection of contemporary Australian art as a foundation and inspiration for exhibitions, performance, research, teaching and publishing. Entry to Buxton Contemporary is free and open to the public. The museum opened in 2018 and the museum is comprised of four public exhibition galleries, teaching facilities, and the largest outdoor screen in Australia dedicated to the display of moving image art. 

When: Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 5pm. Currently encouraging pre-bookings. Walk-ins accepted where possible.

Where: Cnr Southbank Boulevard & Dodds Street Southbank. Buxton Contemporary is wheelchair accessible.

 

This is a photo of an exhibition by Noriko Nakamura within the interior of CAVES Gallery. There are two white walls with 2D framed and artworks and white carved sculptures on a grey painted floor.

Caves Gallery

What: Also in the Nicholas building is CAVES Gallery. Established in 2014, CAVES is a curated, not for profit art space in Melbourne, Australia. 

When: Wednesday - Sunday 12pm - 5pm or by appointment

Where: The Nicholas Building, Room 5, Level 8, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne. CAVES Gallery is accessible via a lift.

 

This image is a photo of the Campbell Arcade and the Dirty Dozen vitrines. Blurred people are passing by the vitrines which are housing artworks. Some are lit, and some are darkened. A fluro lit in the ceiling is lit.

Dirty Dozen and Capsule

What: The Dirty Dozen and Capsule are some of Melbourne’s most intriguing exhibition spaces. Located in Campbell Arcade and Degraves Underpass, the underground commuter walkway linking Flinders St Station with Degraves St, the space provides artists with the opportunity to exhibit work before thousands of commuters, tourists, visitors and city residents. Dirty Dozen adn Capsule are run by Creative Spaces.

When: Open during hours that the underpass operates, generally 7am - 7pm.

Where: The Dirty Dozen and Capsule are located in Campbell Arcade; a pedestrian thoroughfare linking Flinders St Station and Degraves St. The space can be accessed from within Flinders St Station and by a staircase on Degraves St. 

 

This image is of a group show at Kings. There is a brick wall to the left with a window. The other walls and ceiling are white and the floor is grey. There are colourful sculptures on the floor, 2D works on the walls, a suspended work hanging from the ceiling and a screen work on the right hand wall.

Kings Artist-Run

What: KINGS Artist-Run is a contemporary arts organisation supporting a range of artists, writers and performers in the early stages of their careers. KINGS was originally formed as a gallery to exhibit experimental video work on King Street in Melbourne in 2003 and continues to be communally driven by a collective of artists, writers, curators and academics. KINGS program evolved to encompasses a range of distinct experimental performances, publishing initiatives and exhibitions. 

When: Thursday - Saturday 12pm - 5pm.

Where: 69 Capel Street, West Melbourne.

 

Image: The empty interior space of Missing Persons Gallery in the Nicholas Building, with white walls and a red floor.

Missing Persons

What: Missing Persons is an independent multi-arts space located in the Nicholas Building in Melbourne. The community-driven space encourages flexible and experimental programming across art forms. Missing Persons houses life drawing classes, art exhibitions, theatre and comedy shows, book launches, and is a photo and film location.

When:

Where: The Nicholas Building, Room 11-12, Level 4, 37 Swanston Street. Missing Persons is accessible via a lift.