Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2018 Gertrude Studio Program.  

The Gertrude Studio Program has been an integral component of the organisation since its founding over three decades ago. Gertrude has sixteen highly-subsidised artist studios for artists living and working in Melbourne (the studios are not residential), located in our new premises at 21-31 High Street, Preston South. Designed by Fitzroy-based architectural practice Edition Office, the new Gertrude houses two exhibition spaces, sixteen studios, shared communal spaces, workshop facilities and the organisation’s offices.

Gertrude invites applications from artists of any generation and working in any medium to express their interest in the two-year program. The program is intended for professional artists working within the breadth of contemporary practice, including installation, video, painting, sculpture, photography, performance and dance. Each year eight artists are invited into the program, which welcomes new artists at staggered points across the year. Applications are considered by an advisory committee composed of Gertrude staff, a current Gertrude Studio artist, a former Gertrude Studio artist and an external curator or museum professional.

As part of the Gertrude Studio Program, artists are offered a solo exhibition at our Collingwood satellite space, Gertrude Glasshouse, an architecturally-commended space designed by architectural practice Sibling. Gertrude provides artist fees and production budget for artists in the Gertrude Studio Program to present their solo exhibitions at Glasshouse during their two-year tenure. Artists within the Program also present work within the annual Gertrude Studios exhibitions, a highly anticipated group exhibition presenting new and recent works by all artists in the Studio Program for which they also receive artist fees. All exhibitions at Gertrude Contemporary and Gertrude Glasshouse are provided with curatorial and installation support as well as professional exhibition documentation.

The Gertrude Studio Program also incorporates professional development opportunities through studio visits by Australian and international curators and museum directors, and introductions to gallerists, collectors and visiting artists.

Artists in the Studio Program are expected to actively participate in the activities of the organisation, which may involve studio visits, public programs and educational visits. Artists currently studying or intending to study during the program are ineligible to apply.

The sixteen Gertrude studios are all over 30 square metres in size, and artists in the program are also able to use the expansive communal workshop located on the level below the organisation. Gertrude has internet access, gas heating and air conditioning throughout. Access to the studios is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

While highly-subsidised, there is a monthly fee of $280 per month for each studio. There are no other additional costs.



All visual artists are eligible to apply, provided they are not currently enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate study. Applicants must treat studio rental responsibilities as a priority. Successful applicants are chosen on the basis of quality of work, artistic commitment, benefit to the development of their practice, and spatial requirements. The organisation also attempts to create a balance of media, gender and age in the studio artist community. 


Application Deadline

Applications are due Monday 13 November 2017 (applications close at midnight).


Required Information

All submissions and required proposal material should be directed to [email protected]  as either a direct email attachment, or shared to [email protected] via Dropbox or Google Drive.

1. Completed application form (no more than two A4 pages).  Download the application form here.

2. CV (no more than two A4 pages with an emphasis on exhibition history)

3. Visual materials (see below)

4. Image details and credits (no more than one A4 page) 


Visual Materials

Please submit work that has been developed in the past two years. Material in excess of the limits below will not be viewed by the committee.

Please Supply

1. 12 x images in jpeg format, maximum 1mb per image 
2. 5 minutes video (maximum length) digital video, hosted via Youtube or Vimeo, otherwise shared via Dropbox or Google Drive (100MB maximum file limit) 
* Email attachments should be no larger than 10MB in total.  

Not Accepted

Slides, catalogues, photographs, colour photocopies, or any other printed material.


Applications are considered by an advisory committee composed of Gertrude staff, a current Gertrude Studio artist, a former Gertrude Studio artist and an external curator or museum professional.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process in writing in late November 2017. Panel decisions are final and cannot be negotiated.  


Address enquiries to Shae Nagorcka, Exhibitions and Studio Manager. T: (03) 94193406 E: [email protected]