The ACU Melbourne Gallery is centrally located in Fitzroy’s dynamic arts precinct. The Gallery is offered free to local and international communities to exhibit work that explores issues of community, identity and spirituality.

The Gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year and offers a unique opportunity for our students to be involved in all aspects of running a professional exhibition venue. Each year our Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design graduating classes showcase their work in the gallery.

Entry to all exhibitions is free of charge and the Gallery is wheelchair accessible.

The ACU Melbourne Gallery is located at 26 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

Check the current exhibitions calendar for opening hours.

Getting there

  • Parliament Railway Station 10 minute walk
  • The #86 Tram from Bourke Street or the #112 West Preston Tram from Collins Street
ACU Melbourne
26 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065

Dr Catherine Bell

Catherine is the co-ordinator of ACU's Melbourne Gallery. She is a practising artist and senior lecturer in the Visual Arts and uses the gallery as an educational space for her students to curate, display and workshop their art in a professional context.


Christine Small

Christine provides technical support for students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design degree and assists with installation, promotion and organisation of exhibitions.


2018 Exhibition Calendar

Visions of Beauty - Experience of the Sacred 2018
16 - 28 January

Exhibition of Icons & other spiritual images by Master Russian Iconographers Philip Davydov and Olga Shalamova and local Australian artists.

Icon Painting Course (15 – 19 Jan)
Advanced Icon Course (22 – 27 Jan)
Introductory Icon Painting Course (29 Jan– 2 Feb)

16 - 20 January

4 BVAD Students have scholarships in this course (Mi Young Kang Paulina Zamorano Danielle Divola Lee Walker)

To Set fire to the Sea Sinead Kennedy
15 – 28 June

To Set Fire to the Sea explores mandatory and indefinite immigration detention for refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.

It is a response to the Australian government’s hysteria around refugees and obsession with border control amidst a global climate of mass displacement, xenophobia and border paranoia. Taking place in a country with a complicated history of migration, identity and belonging, these are glimpses of the ongoing life and conversation with friends who are being held in the immigration system.

This project attempts to communicate the personal experiences and dehumanising processes of this system’s slow bureaucratic violence.

Kevin G Rowley – For those of us who came in late
7 - 8 July

Artworks by the late Kevin G Rowley. Kevin painted with stencils and spray cans (2010-16) “because life is short”. This was a period of illness and impatience, contrasting with his usual methodical work as a scientist. The result is emotional and provocative work, which considers Europeans, Scientists and Asylum Seekers as migrants to Australia, and our relationship to the land, its people and animals. He also celebrated personal heroes in street art, and used digital photography of hand-modelled scenes to create a series of allegorical zines, "Town of Asylum".

The Push
4 - 5 July

The Push is a 2-day music Industry event organised by the City of Yarra at ACU and ten premier live music venues in Collingwood and Fitzroy.

In 2018 Victoria’s new music industry summit will launch as the pre-eminent forum for provocative discourse and the delivery of progressive thinking about the future of the contemporary music industry. It will be bold, dynamic and forward facing, with a highly valued role in thought leadership, individual artistic and professional development and business outcomes for the Victorian music sector.

Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design Graduate Exhibition
10 - 18 November

An exhibition of art works by graduating Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design students.

Exposure – Photographic Exhibition and Prize
20 November -  December

Exposure is a print and online platform showcasing the latest in Australian contemporary photography. Contributors are selected to highlight the most innovative, exciting and sophisticated student photography emerging from within Australian Universities. Emphasis is on risk-taking and experimentation.


BVAD Student Exhibition Catalogues

We invite you to have a look at our Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design Graduation exhibitions by downloading the catalogues below:

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