Right in the heart of Yarra, the Abbotsford Convent is a sprawling historic estate spread over 16 acres. This ex-monastic site is now Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct, with 11 historic buildings and extensive gardens. Today, the Convent is home to artists’ studios, two galleries, eateries and gardens open to the public. It is right next to the Collingwood Children’s Farm which features its own café and events. Each year the Convent welcomes a diverse range of art projects, workshops, exhibitions, markets, events and festivals.
You can experience the Convent through social history tours run every Sunday at 2pm, at a monthly Saturday market, or simply visit to walk the gardens, have a meal, or catch an event.
Wurundjeri Elders, musicians and artists have created a sound trail to capture the story of the Convent’s Traditional Owner history and heritage. Ngulu-nganjin (Our Voice) features original soundscapes by Wurundjeri artist Mandy Nicholson, acclaimed Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung musician Dr. Lou Bennett AM, and Wurundjeri community. Ngulu-nganjin (Our Voice) was made possible thanks to funding from the Victorian Government's Rockin’ the Laneways program.
Visit the Abbotsford Convent website for more.