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As a combined gallery and studio complex, Gertrude Contemporary provides a unique insight for students of all ages into the public presentation and behind-the-scenes production of art.

The gallery offers a range of valuable educational experiences for students and school groups, catering for a diverse range of curricula and study fields within the visual and media arts.

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Gertrude are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people and have a zero tolerance for bullying and child abuse. We abide by ChildSafe legislation, and our staff have valid Working With Children’s checks.


Gertrude's Core Education Program

Gertrude Contemporary’s program presents approximately 20 exhibitions annually featuring work by Australian and international artists across two gallery spaces - Gertrude Contemporary, Preston South and Gertrude Glasshouse, Collingwood.

Our ARTNOW education programs are led by Gertrude Contemporary staff can focus on a range of contemporary art issues and ideas within the context of the current exhibition program. The visits can also be tailored to focus on outcomes specific to the group’s learning needs and interests.

Alongside Gertrude Contemporary’s Exhibition Program, the gallery’s Studio Artist Program provides a unique opportunity for students to access one of the sixteen artists-in-residence and experience a behind-the-scenes look at a working studio practice and a Q and A session with the artist.

ARTNOW programs must be booked ahead of time.

ARTNOW provide an excellent opportunity for Primary, Secondary or Tertiary Students.


For Secondary and VCE students, we particularly focus on the following areas of study: 

  • Present and perform
  • Respond and interpret
  • Explore and express
  • Visual art practice
  • Art industry contexts


In 2020, The Department of Education and Training through its Strategic Partnerships Program (SPP), have provided funding to fully subsidise the cost of these programs to Low-SES metropolitan Melbourne schools. For schools that fall outside this classification the cost is $55 (incl. GST).


Bookings: To book a tour, please email Siobhan Sloper, Gallery Coordinator on or call the gallery between 10.00am–5.00pm Monday – Friday.



These resources were created around our artistic programs and alligned with curriculum. These resources are created to provide teachers with a range of questions and tasks they can use both in the gallery and in their classroom.
Please click the links below to download each resource.



Artist Collaborations: Lewis Fidock and Joshua Petherick, and Foster and Berean



Atlanta Eke: The Tennis Piece

Ali McCann: Οι νεοί

Jamie North: Slag Studies

Dale Harding: The Golden Mile

Octopus 19: Ventriloquy, Curated by Joel Stern

an unreliable narrator: Consuelo Cavaniglia and Brendan Van Hek

Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism



David Noonan: A Dark and Quiet Place

Sangeeta Sandrasegar: It's Like That

Great Movements of Feeling, Curated by Zara Sigglekow 

Raafat Ishak: Chicken River and Khadim Ali: Fragmented Memories

Octopus 18: Mother Tongue

Zzzzz: Sleep, Somnambulism, Madness

Gertrude Studios 2018


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Contemporary Art on the Road (CAOTR) is a unique Professional Development opportunity that provides teachers access to artists and art experts from some of Melbourne’s leading art institutions. The first part of the program consists of presentation by educators from Gertrude Contemporary, Monash University Museum of Art and Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. The second half of the program consists of a hands-on workshop with a current Gertrude Studio Artist.


In 2019 CAOTR presented Professional Development workshops for Primary and Secondary, Visual Art, Media Arts and Visual Communications teachers at: Shepparton Art MuseumHorsham Regional Art Gallery, Castlemaine Art Gallery as well as Gertrude Glasshouse, Collingwood and Gertrude Contemporary, Preston South.


CAOTR programs are exclusivey for regional or Low-SES Metropolitan Melbourne school teachers. If you are unsure if your school is within these categories, or have any other questions please contact Siobhan Sloper, Gallery Coordinator on



These resources were created for our Contemporary Art on the Road program to introduce teachers to a range of hands-on, expertly designed strategies and resources for teaching contemporary art in the classroom. Click the links below to download each resource.

Jahnne Pasco-White - Natural Dyes and Salt Rubbing (includes starting task, assestment rubric and CCT activity)

Andrew Atchison - Sculpture and Public Art (includes starting task, assestment rubric and CCT activity)

Isadora Vaughan - Material investigation: Clay and Beeswax ((includes starting task, assestment rubric and CCT activity)

Spiros Panigirakis - Diagrammatic Posters (includes example assessment rubric)

Mark Shorter - Writing and Performance (includes example assessment rubric)

Georgina Cue - Set Design and Photography (includes example assessment rubric)

Rebecca Agnew - Stop Motion Animation (includes example Unit Planner and assessment rubric)

Esther Stewart - Model Making (includes example assessment rubric)

Eric Demetriou - Sound Art (includes example Unit Planner and assessment rubric)

Rosie Isaac - Text and Performance (includes example Unit Planner and assessment rubric)

Minna Gilligan - Painting and Collage

Noriko Nakamura - Limestone Sculpture

Nik Pantazopoulos - Photography


This program was initiated and developed in 2015 by Gertrude Contemporary in partnership with Monash University Museum of Art and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, as well as several regional Victorian Galleries.

Contemporary Art on the Road+ Home is supported by the Department of Education and Training through its Strategic Partnerships Program (SPP).

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Fitzroy Art Spaces Tour (FAST) is an education initiative for teachers and students of VCE Studio Arts. The program offers a new pathway to explore the art industry in Fitzroy and surrounding areas.

Fitzroy Art Spaces Walking Tours complement FAST online resources, enabling students to engage with professionals behind the scenes at a number of galleries including:

  • Dianne Tanzer and this in no fantasy
  • Centre for Contemporary Photography
  • Gertrude Glasshouse


Participants will experience different approaches to the exhibition and promotion of contemporary art. They will be introduced to curatorial considerations involved in the display of artworks.

For more information please see the FAST website.

The program has been developed in consultation with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) with support from the Department of Education and Training through its Strategic Partnerships Program (SPP).

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