One of the best things about living on 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.
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.
Now showing: Stephen Haley, Cities, Factories, Walls and Malls 31 May – 23 June 2018
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
Image credit: 23rd Key artist
Signed & Numbered sells limited edition prints from emerging and established artists based in Australia and overseas. Print mediums include screen prints, gocco prints, etchings, digital (including giclee and hand-embellished / hand-finished prints), woodblock, letterpress and lino prints. Tired of the lack of accessible and affordable quality works, Signed & Numbered aims to challenge preconceived notions of how art is viewed and ultimately, enjoyed. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist and comes to you with a Certificate of Authenticity and additional information about the artist (very exclusive!). These guys have made it accessible and affordable for all of us to enjoy the beauty of art without having to pay a hefty price.
153 Greville Street, Prahran, @signedandnumbered
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: Alessandro Paglia, Pen Drawings
If this is the only reason you come to Chapel Street, it’s reason enough. Their only brick and mortar store, The Cool Hunter is everything it’s name suggests but not how you think. The Cool Hunter is not a trend-spotter. They cover only what inspires them within such topics as design, architecture, lifestyle, art and travel. They remain relevant by staying outside of trends and fads – the constant, fickle shifts in taste and style. Led by founder Bill Tikos, The Cool Hunter celebrates creativity in all of its modern manifestations. Since its inception in 2004, The Cool Hunter has remained one of the world’s most widely read design and pop-culture sites, a leading authority on all things creative and a truly global hub for what’s cool, thoughtful, innovative and original.
With a demanding appetite for high quality information, not senseless hype, they connect with just over 1.8 million readers monthly and their permanent boutique on Commercial Road offers a physical take away from the digital expressions we love oh so much.
142 Commercial Road, Prahran, @thecoolhunter_
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
Did someone say FREE BEER?! Set in Windsor’s hidden oasis (AKA Sample Bar’s beer garden), you’re invited to an afternoon of simple pleasures with Hawkers Beer.
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Boy George Australian DJ Tour at Chasers Nightclub. Culture Club frontman & POP icon Boy George is one of the most recognised and in demand House Music DJ’s of all time.
Ahh Valentine’s Day, a stupid cliche, a money making con or an opportunity to show your numero uno how much you really appreciate them. There’s so much to do on Chapel Street this day of love, even the hard-hearted will soften.
Residents of Prahran are invited to attend this year’s ‘Coffee with a Cop’ morning in Pran Central’s food court on Tuesday, February 19 from 10am – 11am.