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Applications Open: Gertrude Studio Program

Inside Esther Stewart's studio at Gertrude Contemporary, 2018.

Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the Gertrude Studio Program 2019-2020.  

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 museum 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, gas heating and air conditioning 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 renumerated.
Artists currently studying or intending to study during the program are ineligible to apply.
While highly-subsidised, there is a monthly fee of $280 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. 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, background and age in the studio artist community. 
First Nations applicants are highly encouraged to apply.
Application Deadline
Applications are due midnight Tuesday 6 November 2018 (Melbourne Cup Day).

Required Information

1. Completed application form. 
To download the application form please Click Here.
2. Artist CV 
3. Visual materials
4. Image details and credits 
All submissions and required proposal material should be directed to apply@gertrude.org.au  as either a direct email attachment, or shared via Dropbox or Google Drive.

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 Supply:
1. 12 x images in jpeg format, maximum 1mb per image 
2. Up to three video files (if relevant), each at a maximum of 5 minutes - hosted via Youtube or Vimeo, otherwise shared via We Transfer, Dropbox or Google Drive (100MB maximum file limit) 
* Email attachments should be no larger than 15MB 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 2018. Panel decisions are final and cannot be negotiated.


Address enquiries to Anatol Pitt, 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