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Gertrude Contemporary

Melbourne, Australia

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Gabo Camnitzer, Always Moving (a performance laboratory in several parts), 2010. Photo: David Mutch. Courtesy Gertrude Contemporary

Gertrude Contemporary is regarded as a leading Australian center for the development and presentation of contemporary art. Fostering a culture of creativity, risk, and experimentation, we place the artist at the center of our collaborative community of curators, writers, cultural partners, and patrons to create innovative programs that engage audiences in cultural debate.

Each year Gertrude Contemporary presents around twenty exhibitions featuring work by Australian and international artists across three gallery spaces, with a focus on new work, commissions, and expanding practice. Flagship exhibitions include the Octopus Series (established in 2000), where a curator is invited to present an exhibition that underscores new directions in curatorial practice, and our annual year-end Studio Artists Exhibition, which features new work by all sixteen studio artists. Gertrude Contemporary has a track record for international collaborations with peer institutions (primarily within the Asia-Pacific region) to present jointly curated programming.

The Gertrude Contemporary Studio Program consists of sixteen nonresidential studios, available to artists in the first fifteen years of their professional practice, provided for two-year tenures by application only. There is also a residential studio for visiting international artists, curators, and writers, for residencies ranging from two weeks to three months.

In addition, Gertrude Contemporary produces: several international touring exhibitions each year; the Emerging Writers Program in collaboration with Art & Australia magazine; an education Program; Visiting International Curators Program; Gertrude’s Table Patrons Program; the Gertrude Edition, a series of specially commissioned, limited-edition works of art; and an active publishing program.

Public Hours
Tuesday–Friday: 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Founding Year
1983
  • 2,162 featured artists
  • 712 Public Programs
  • 441 Exhibitions

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