Gertrude Contemporary

Architect: Edition Office

North | N16

Gertrude Contemporary is a not-for-profit visual arts organisation that has been building the careers of early-practice and mid-career Australian artists through its exhibition and studio programs for over thirty years. For the first time since its founding in 1985, the organisation is moving to a new home. During Open House Melbourne, Gertrude will launch its new building, designed by architects Edition Office, to the public. Visitors will have their first opportunity to explore the new site as a whole, including the exhibition and studio spaces. Gertrude’s new building at 21-31 High Street, Preston South, was built in 1983 and historically operated as a retail furniture showroom. The large, open-span building provided a flexible shell within which custom-made spaces could be created for Gertrude’s artistic program, including its exhibition galleries and sixteen artist studios for its two-year studio program. Stripping away the constraint of architectural parameters that have existed for over thirty years, Gertrude worked with Edition Office to design a fit-out that could enable more porosity and communality within the studio program, with exhibition spaces that are expansive, versatile, and considerate of how Gertrude supports an expanding range of artistic practices.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat 10am - 4:30pm & Sun 10am - 4pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: Exhibition and studios

  • Tour Type: Self-guided

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Pram access, Toilets

  • Year Built: 1983, 2017

  • Tram Stops: Stop 42: Dundas St on route 86

  • Photo Credit: Gertrude studio artist, Sam Martin, at work in his studio. 2017. Photo: Daniel Gardeazabal


21-31 High St, Preston South 3072, VIC


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