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Applications Now Open | Gertrude Studios 2020 Intake

Joseph L. Griffiths' studio at Gertrude Contemporary

Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the Gertrude Studio Program 2020 intake.

Respected nationally and internationally, Gertrude’s unique studio-exhibition model supports outstanding artists at pivotal moments in their careers. The Gertrude Studio Program has been at the core of the organisation since its founding over three decades ago. Gertrude has sixteen highly-subsidised artist studios located at 21-31 High Street, Preston South. Designed by Fitzroy-based architectural practice Edition Office, Gertrude Contemporary houses two exhibition spaces, sixteen studios, shared communal spaces, workshop facilities and the organisation’s offices. Please note that the studios are non-residential.

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. This includes, but is not limited to, installation, video, painting, sculpture, photography, performance and dance.
  • Each year eight artists are invited into the program, with new artists moving in 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 arts professional.

Program Details
The sixteen studios are all over 30 square metres in size and individually lockable. Artists in the program also have access to an expansive communal workshop located at the rear of the building. Gertrude has internet access and gas heating throughout. Access to the studios is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
As part of the Studio Program, artists are offered a month-long solo exhibition at our Collingwood satellite space, Gertrude Glasshouse, designed by architectural practice Sibling. Gertrude provides artist fees and a production budget for these solo exhibitions.

Studio Artists also present work within the annual Gertrude Studios exhibitions, a highly anticipated group exhibition presenting new and recent works by all artists in the program. Artists receive artist fees for their participation in the Gertrude Studios exhibitions. All exhibitions at Gertrude Contemporary and Gertrude Glasshouse are provided with curatorial and installation support, marketing and 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 program are encouraged to participate in the activities of the organisation, which may involve studio visits, public programs and educational programs. Participation in education programs is remunerated.
While highly-subsidised, there is a monthly fee of $280 (inc GST) for each studio as well as a refundable bond of $560.

Required Information

Applications are to be made via the Google Forms link below.

1. Completed application form
2. Artist CV 
3. Visual materials
4. Image details and credits

Visual Materials
Please include 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 upload to your application:
1. 10 x images maximum 1mb per image 
2. Up to three audio/video files (if relevant), each at a maximum of 3 minutes via weblink (YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo or similar).
Eligibility and Selection
Artists who have previously participated in the Gertrude Studio Program or artists intending to study during 2020-2022 are ineligible to apply. Successful applicants are chosen on the basis of quality of work, artistic commitment, benefit to the development of their practice, and spatial requirements. The selection process aims to create an inclusive environment that celebrates, respects and represents gender and cultural diversity. First Nations artists are encouraged to apply.


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 arts professional.
Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process in writing in late November 2019. Panel decisions are final and cannot be negotiated.

Application Deadline
No later than 11:59pm, Tuesday 5 November 2019 (Melbourne Cup Day).


Address enquiries or accessibility questions to Steven Stewart, Exhibitions and Studio Coordinator.
T: (03) 9480 0068 or E: apply@gertrude.org.au.

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Gertrude Contemporary

21-31 High Street
Preston South VIC
Melbourne, Australia

Opening hours:
Tuesday–Sunday 11am–5pm

Gertrude Glasshouse

44 Glasshouse Road
Collingwood VIC
Melbourne, Australia

Opening hours:
Thursday–Saturday 12–5pm