Northside Galleries

Take a trip through the Northern suburbs and explore the art spaces across the Northside.

This is an image of Gertrude Contemporary. It is shot at night time, as the sky is dark and the building signage is lit. The building signage is white lettering against a black background. the word Gertrude is horizontal and sits above the building whilst the word contemporary is vertical and in front of the building. The building is lit within. In the large window is a neon work on a plinth that spells 'uh-oh'. Behind it is wooden walls. Several steps lead up to the entrance. A tree is in front of the bu

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.

 

Northside 

From Fitzroy to Brunswick to Preston and Bundoora, Northcote of Melbourne is home to many art spaces that support young, emerging and established artists. From artist run spaces to council run spaces to well established arts organisations, Northside has been fostering an incredible community of artists for decades.

Brunswick

This image is a photo of a mural on the facade of Blak Dot gallery. The mural is a painting of a First nations child with traditional ceremonial paint and wears a headband with feathers.

 

 

Blak Dot Gallery

What: Blak Dot gallery is a First Nations artist run gallery and performance space. Established in 2011 and operating as a not-for-profit, Blak Dot gallery showcases global Indigenous artists. The space also provides opportunities to teach and mentor Indigenous curators and art workers as well as offering a dedicated learning space for First Nation Creatives, Blakademy.

When: Blak Dot Gallery reopens 11 November. Gallery hours are Thurs–Sat: 12pm-5pm, Sun: 12-4pm. The gallery is closed on public holidays

Where: Blak Dot Gallery is located at 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

 

 

This image is a photo of the interior of Counihan Gallery. The floor is black, the walls white and the ceiling is undulating play-wood. there are 2D images in frames on teh walls and a balck bench seat in the middle of the room. The view is towards the windows overlooking Sydney road.

 

Counihan Gallery

What: Counihan Gallery is a public art gallery run by Moreland Council, focusing on contemporary art practice. It was established in 1999 and was named after the artist and activist Noel Counihan. 

When: The Counihan Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm, and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm.

The gallery is closed on public holidays and also is closed from mid-December until early February.

Where: Counihan Gallery In Brunswick is located at 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick, inside the Brunswick Town Hall. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

 

This image is a screenshot of work by Claire Lambe. An image of a person in a white sculptural outfit leans on one arm. They are wearing red lipstick and dark eyeliner and have cropped dark hair and are looking into the camera.

 

TCB

What: TCB is an artist-run-initiative, entirely  operating on a volunteer basis. Having established in 1998, it's original location was in Port Philip Arcade before moving to Waratah Place, Melbourne CBD, and then to Wilkinson St, Brunswick. The space focuses on contemporary and experiemntal art practices of emerging and established artists.

When: Thursday-Sunday 12-6pm

Where: 1-5 Wilkinson St, Brunswick. TCB is wheelchair accessible.

 

Bundoora

This image is a photo of a gathering of people outside of Bundoora Homestead. Some people are standing and some people are sitting on red bean bags.

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

What: Bundoora Homestead Art Centre a public art gallery for the City of Darebin. The gallery is housed in a Queen Anne-style Federation mansion, built in 1900 by the Smith Family. In 1920 JVM Smith sold Bundoora Park to the Commonwealth Government and over the next 70 years the building was used as a convalescent farm for returned war veterans and a mental repatriation hospital until decommission in 1993. In 2001, with the help of La Trobe University and the Commonwealth Government, Darebin City Council restored Bundoora Homestead and opened it as an arts and cultural space. The house and gardens are registered by Heritage Victoria and certified by the National Trust. 

When: Bundoora Homestead Art Centre is open Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 4pm.

Where: 7 Prospect Hill Drive, Bundoora. The galleries are wheelchair accessible with lifts to upper floors.

 

Collingwood

This image is of the exterior of Gertrude Glasshouse. It has a brick and concrete facade. On the right is a large roller door that is open, exposing a glass wall behind it. The interior of the gallery is visible, with white walls. To the right of the facade is window space with an artwork within it. The artwork is brightly coloured clothed figure.

Gertrude Glasshouse

What: Gertrude Glasshouse is a satellite gallery of Gertrude Contemporary. Gertrude Contemporary is a non commercial and independent art space that has been supporting the development of contemporary  artists for over 30 years. It was first established as studio spaces at 200 Gertrude St, Fitzroy and expanded into a gallery and studios in 1985. It changed it's name in 2000 to Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, and then in 2010 to Gertrude Contemporary. In 2017, Gertrude Contemporary relocated to it's current location in Preston. It runs a studio residency program and exhibitions program. Gertrude Glasshouse is home for the Gertrude Studio Artists program solo exhibitions.

When: Gertrude Contemporary -  Tuesday–Sunday 11am–5pm, Gertrude Glasshouse - Thursday–Saturday, 12–5pm

Where: Gertrude Contemporary - 21-31 High Street Preston, Gertrude Glasshouse - 44 Glasshouse Road
, Collingwood

 

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.

Collingwood Yards

What: Worthy of it's own subsection, Collingwood yards is a hub of artistic and creative activity based in the old Collingwood Technical School. Home to many galleries and studios, a visit to Collingwood Yards is a whole day out. For more info see Collingwood Yards

When: Grounds opening hours are Monday - Wednesday 7:00am-6:00pm, Thursday - Sunday 7:00am-11:00pm

Where: 35 Jonhston St Collingwood 

 

 

 

 

Fitzroy

This image is a photo of the exterior building that is CCP. The building is white and is taken on an angle which shows two sides of the building. The photo is taken at a long exposure and lights of a car are stretched across the photo are

CCP

What: CCP, Centre for Contemporary Photography, has been operating for over 30 years, showcasing contemporary photo-based art. The organisation operates as a not-for-profit and began as the Victorian Centre for Photography in 1986. In the 1990's, it made it's home in Fitzroy on Johnston St and renamed to Centre for Contemporary Photography. It then moved again in 2005, to George St Fitzroy.

When: Wednesday—Sunday, 11am—5pm

Where: 404 George St, Fitzroy. CCP is wheelchair accessible. 

 

This image is a photo of the interior of Black Cat Gallery. The ceiling is a pointed roof with dark cross beams. The ceiling and floors are white and the floor is polished concrete. There are 2D artworks on the walls and a black couch in the foreground.

Black Cat Gallery

What: BlackCat Gallery is an artist run space and founded in Feb, 2016, and aims to support local emerging and establish contemporary artists and also showcase emerging South-East Asian artists in Australia. It was established in a space based in Hawthorn, and moved to Collingwood in 2017. It moved again to it's current location on Brunswick St, Fitzroy.

When: Wed - Sun, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: 420 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Black Cat Gallery is wheelchair accessible.

 

This image is a photo of the exterior sign for Brunswick St Gallery. It a white perspex box with black text which says ' Brunswick Street Gallery' in capital letters. It is on a black bracket attached to a brick wall. There are windows above and to the left of the sign.

Brunswick Street Gallery

Brunswick Street Gallery

What: Brunswick Street Gallery provides professional exhibition space to self-representing local and national artists, as well as creative studio spaces for makers and designers.

Located in the heart of Fitzroy — one of Melbourne’s most creative suburbs — we oversee a dynamic schedule hosting regular exhibition openings, numerous cultural events and art prizes throughout the year.

The gallery comprises of seven gallery spaces, a Stockroom, and four creative studios housing some of Melbourne’s leading makers and designers. With new exhibitions opening every three weeks by exciting emerging and mid-career artists Brunswick Street Gallery is worth the visit.   

When: Thursday - Sunday 11-5pm

Where: Level 1, 322 Brunswick St Fitzroy. 

 

Preston

This image is a photograph of the streetview of gerturde on high St Preston. A black, white and silver car are in front and three small trees along the footpath. There are drawings on the windows and the sky above is blue.

Gertrude Contemporary

What: Gertrude Contemporary is a non commercial and independent art space that has been supporting the development of contemporary  artists for over 30 years. It was first established as studio spaces at 200 Gertrude St, Fitzroy and expanded into a gallery and studios in 1985. It changed it's name in 2000 to Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, and then in 2010 to Gertrude Contemporary. In 2017, Gertrude Contemporary relocated to it's current location in Preston. It runs a studio residency program and exhibitions program. The Gertrude Studio Artists program offers a two year residency including the opportunity to exhibit at the satellite space Gertrude Glasshouse, in Collingwood. 

When: Gertrude Contemporary -  Tuesday–Sunday 11am–5pm, Gertrude Glasshouse - Thursday–Saturday, 12–5pm

Where: Gertrude Contemporary - 21-31 High Street Preston, Gertrude Glasshouse - 44 Glasshouse Road
, Collingwood