One of the best things about living in or visiting the Chapel Precinct is immersing yourself in our incredible local and international art scene. Here are just some of the amazing contemporary galleries you can fuel your creative side with.
South Yarra Art House Gallery is recognised for their cosy space, tucked off Chapel Street behind the new Capitol Grand complex. For the last 25 years they have been promoting artists working in Australia to buyers nationally and internationally. Their small team works with customers and Interior Designers to enhance residential and corporate spaces with beautiful original artworks. The gallery houses a diverse range of artwork from contemporary, abstract to detailed Australian Landscape scenes. They have new artwork arriving regularly and can superimpose artworks onto customers walls.
6 Almeida Cres, South Yarra
ensemble fine art offers carefully selected and researched contemporary artwork by prominent and collectable Australian artists. Of particular interest are Melbourne artists who emerged in the 1980’s. On a local note, many of the featured artists have an association with the Prahran Art School and have studios or works showing in galleries in and around Prahran. They also offer a three month ‘rent-to-try’ option so you can be confident the purchase is 100% right for your home.
2A, 127 Greville St, Prahran, @ensemblefineart
Image credit: On Paper.Supreme, Group exhibition
E + Hive Art and Design Gallery is an art gallery and home deco combo with a tranquil East Asian vibe. Based on Commercial Road their exhibitions feature both local and East Asian Contemporary artists. With a strong focus on encouraging young artists and designers to showcase their works, E + Hive have a specific appreciation for fine arts and traditional handcraft techniques. Their stunning space is available for individual or group exhibitions.
140 Commercial Road, Prahran, @ehive_gallery
Image credit: Stephen Haley
[MARS] (Melbourne Art Rooms) is a contemporary gallery dedicated to exhibiting and promoting contemporary Australian artists. Established in 2004 by director Andy Dinan. [MARS] specialises in building the careers of our talented contemporary artists. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay on Chapel Street, [MARS] has three art apartments above it’s gallery, each dedicated to a contemporary Australian artist. Click here for more info.
7 James Street, Windsor, @marsgallery
After spending two years in Byron Bay, David Bromley and his wife Yuge Bromley missed their Windsor home so much they had to return. Thank goodness they did because more than three years ago now, Bromley & Co opened its doors on Chapel Street. As the name suggests, the space features incredible pieces by David Bromley, bronze kid sculptures included, and works by some of the pair’s closest friends. A warehouse space filled with pieces the couple love and feel sad to part with means you know the works are phenomenal. Art gallery meets fashion house meets homeware trader, Bromley & Co has all the things you’ll love.
93-95 Chapel Street, Windsor, @bromleyandco
Image credit: Gerrard King’s ‘Skull Series’
Fine Art and Sculptures. Market Gallery, is a contemporary space, an interesting venture, situated near The Prahran Market. The Gallery’s proprietor, Justin Stevenson, has lovingly created a unique art haven – walk in from Commercial Road and find yourself in a peaceful yet vibrant interior, furnished with stunning bronze sculptures, together with select artworks by the currently exhibiting guest artists. An easy-going environment, Market Gallery permits a mosey browse to view the art and consider which works will complement your own home. Classy and exciting, Market Gallery appeals to everyone.
205 Commercial Road, South Yarra, @marketgalleryprahran
A retail space, a creative place and a designer showcase. SoHigh Gallery is a perfect space for independent artists and curators to showcase solo/group exhibitions, performances and pop-up shops while retaining full control of the presentation. These guys also host Designer Showcases, a creative concept developed to promote the talents of independent and emerging Australian designers. Each event runs across two days with a party and live see-now buy-now presentations. Between events, SoHigh is set up as a retail gallery for established artists. Whether it’s hanging on the wall or a clothing rack and everything in between; they stock a wide range of incredible art in a retail context.
143a Chapel Street, Windsor, @sohighgallery
Image credit: Artist Scott Petrie exhibiting at RTIST Gallery
RTIST is a multi-disciplinary design management studio that specialises in bespoke projects that conceive the individual elements of any space. Committed boundary-pushers and insatiable talent-hunters. RTIST Gallery represents an eclectic mix of local, modern artists and designers, showcasing their work in their Greville Street gallery and giving them homes through their interior design services. Doubling as an artistic space for your next event, RTIST Gallery boasts two sizeable exhibition areas, a stylish bar area, two small courtyards and a larger courtyard with outdoor lighting. RTIST Gallery is a beautiful, light-filled space with a an edge that will have you intrigued.
29 St Edmonds Rd, Prahran
Image credit: Inherit the Dust
Source Photographica was established by Philip Kulpa who has been an active participant in both the Australian and International visual arts industry for 25 years. What started out as a vintage photography collector’s passion has progressed to something much bigger, with a focus on supporting and showing established and emerging contemporary artists locally and internationally. First opening its doors in Aspen, USA the gallery has now relocated to Grattan Street, regularly exhibiting incredible works. Lucky us!
3/1 Grattan Street Prahran, @sourcephotographica
Featured image: Maurice Golotta, Tunnel People 1
Measuring up to 17 metres in height, each of these interactive displays of intergalactic awe will grab your attention by day and take your breath away by night. See them come to life with vibrant lights, electric energy and sounds from 8-11pm nightly. Get ready for vibrant lights, electric energy, up-cycled masterpieces, and streets of FREE family fun. We’ve added an army of larger-than life 17-metre space robots to the precinct until 31 January.
We’re celebrating the January public holiday by lapping up all the things we missed the most during lockdown – live music, world-class food and drink and being in the company of the people we love. All whilst being grateful to live in this prosperous country. Following a harrowing last year, heading out to give your favourite locals some love this Australia Day has never been more important. However you observe your day off this year, Chapel Street Precinct’s restaurants, bars and cafes would love to raise a glass with you.
Grab your mates, pull up a deckchair, slap on some sunscreen and watch the Channel 9 tennis live broadcast on a 10 metre mega screen in Prahran Square from 16 to 21 February 2021.
Check out who’s joined the vibrant corridor that is Chapel Street Precinct. We got some new friends in town last year and we’re giving them an extra big shout out for bravely swinging their doors open during what was an incredibly tumultuous time.
The days of living lacklustre lives in our residential boxes are (thankfully and hopefully) over. While our newfound freedom is oh-so-sweet, it feels like mere months ago that we were hanging out for the day when we could look back and laugh about the perils of lockdown. This is that day. Get an eyeful of some long-gone and relatable iso moments below. Today, getting off your couch means going further than the fridge and back to Chaps.
“Arrivederci Italy, Ciao Chapel Street!” Much loved radio personality and comedian Kate Langbroek has returned from Italy to rediscover her one true amore, Melbourne’s iconic Chapel Street Precinct, which has seen a post lockdown renaissance of booming business over summer. Langbroek has stitched the words ‘Support Local’ on her sleeve, making unexpected visits to many Chapel Street Precinct businesses.
Right now, it’s black and white. Please support your local faves now or they may not be around for much longer. We know this time is strained for almost everyone, so when it comes to buying food, clothes or any shopping you need doing, just think TWO WORDS. SUPPORT LOCAL. With your support, they’ll get through this. It’s now or never.
Now that the afternoons and evenings have heated up and we’ve shredded our iso grumps, it’s time for summer afternoons and glasses of wine in the sunshine. Luckily for ya’ll, we know the outdoor dining and beer garden hot spots, where the drinks and meals are tasty and good times ensue.