Gertrude Contemporary is valued nationally and respected internationally as a dynamic centre for the production and presentation of contemporary art. With the artist placed firmly at the centre of its community, the space fosters a culture of risk, collaboration and critical-thinking to generate innovative programs that engage audiences in creative exchange.
Gertrude Contemporary opened in 1985 in a large converted warehouse in Fitzroy, Melbourne and led the way as Australia’s first combined gallery and studio complex. As Melbourne’s leading centre for contemporary art and ideas, the organization has continued to build on its innovative origins, growing to facilitate the expanding field of contemporary art through a wide variety of exhibition, studio, curatorial and education programs. With the artist firmly placed at the centre of all of its activities, Gertrude Contemporary is positioned at the nexus between the production of contemporary art through its studio programs, and its presentation through exhibitions and publications.
Gertrude Contemporary is now the oldest, continually running contemporary art centre in Australia.