Image: Gertrude Contemporary, Preston South. Courtesy of Edition Office. Photo: Ben Hosking
Gertrude Contemporary is a not-for-profit contemporary art organisation that has been building the careers of Australia’s artists for over 30 years.
Since our establishment in 1985, Gertrude has played an essential role in the visual arts sector, shaping the careers for many of Australia’s most celebrated artists. As one key example, 17 out of the past 20 artists to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale since 1995 have either held a studio or participated in an exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary.
Gertrude was created in 1985 in a large converted textiles factory in Fitzroy, Melbourne and led the way as Australia’s first combined gallery and studio complex. Named initially after its address - 200 Gertrude Street - the organisation has since expanded, transforming from an address to an entity, and changing its name to Gertrude Contemporary in 2010 and in July 2017, Gertrude Contemporary relocated its primary location to Preston South. Gertrude also operates a satellite exhibition gallery space, Gertrude Glasshouse in Collingwood, which was opened in late 2015.
Gertrude is valued nationally and respected internationally for our artistic program – an integrated studio and exhibition program that is unique in its equal emphasis on the production and presentation of contemporary art. This enables us to support artists to explore new ideas and present risk-taking work at pivotal points in their careers.
Our artists are connected to our diverse audience through the exhibition program, education workshops and public programs. Gertrude gives audiences unique insight into the creative development of artists. Our audiences engage with risk-taking, formative moments that define artist careers.
GERTRUDE STUDIO PROGRAM
The Gertrude Studio Program sits at the heart of our organisation, as it has done since its founding in 1985. The highly competitive application–based program supports 16 artists for a two–year period, with 8 artists invited to join the program each year. Gertrude is committed to supporting artists at key moments in the development of their practice, to represent an inter–generational selection of artists, and to support a diverse range of artistic practices. The selection of artists is led by an advisory committee involving a current Studio Artist, a Studio Artist alumni, an external curator and key Gertrude staff.
GERTRUDE EXHIBITION PROGRAM
The Gertrude Contemporary exhibition program is presented at our primary galleries in Preston South. The program supports leading Australian and international artists to research, develop and present new projects that reflect the artistic, cultural, social and political issues of our times. The program celebrates Gertrude's commitment to supporting solo projects that are artist driven and explore the diversity of contemporary artistic practice, as well as enabling platforms for curatorial experimentation by engaging with independent curators and developing internally generated projects.
Gertrude Glasshouse is our satellite gallery space in Collingwood, and the home for the Gertrude Studio Artist solo exhibition program. During their two-year residency at Gertrude, every artist in the Studio Program is invited to develop an ambitious, new project that extends upon their work in the studios. Glasshouse is also used to present select additional exhibitions that align with our commitment to supporting the production of new projects and discourse.
Complimentary to our programming at our two Melbourne locations, Gertrude's off-site program works in partnership with Australian and international organisations to develop specific projects that provide additional opportunities for artists and extend audiences for their works.