Eltham Library Community Gallery

Install photograph 'Solitude', Eltham Library Community Gallery

Opened in 1994, the Eltham Library Community Gallery is a much-loved community gallery space that sits within the Eltham Library complex on Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country. It was designed by multi award-winning Melbourne architect, Gregory Burgess.

The Eltham Library Community Gallery is an important platform for emerging artists that provides entry into professional practice. The gallery space offers a diverse exhibition program that showcases both traditional forms of art-making and new methods of art production, along with themes and ideas that are relevant to our times. View the current and upcoming exhibitions.

Applications open for 2024

Artists and curators are invited to submit ideas for solo, two-person and curated exhibitions for the 2024 exhibition program.

It’s free to exhibit at the Eltham Library Community Gallery. Exhibitors receive basic marketing support, curatorial support, a $550 exhibition fee and $100 catering fee for their opening event.

Submissions open: Saturday 1 April 2023
Submissions close: 1pm Friday 26 May 2023


Read the 2024 exhibition terms & conditions(PDF, 271KB).

First Peoples, artists living with a disability, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, LGBTQIA+ community and emerging contemporary artists and curators are encouraged to apply. Please contact us about your access requirements by emailing artsinfo@nillumbik.vic.gov.au or call 9433 3359.

The exhibition application process is highly competitive, we strongly encourage creatives to visit the Eltham Library Community Gallery before applying, and read the 2024 ELCG Terms and Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions below.

Information sessions - applying for an Eltham Library Community Gallery exhibition 

This is an opportunity to learn about what’s involved in the application form, what the gallery offers artists and what the exhibitor’s responsibilities are when having an exhibition.

Free information sessions for creatives will take place on the following dates.

Wednesday 5 April
6pm – 7:30pm
Hybrid session
Council Chambers, 32 Civic Drive, Greensborough and Microsoft Teams
Bookings required.

Tuesday 2 May
6pm – 7:30pm
In-person session only at the Eltham Library Multi-Purpose Room, Panther Place, Eltham (opposite the Eltham Library Community Gallery)
Bookings required.

Frequently asked questions

Can I apply for an exhibition if I’ve exhibited recently at the Eltham Library Community Gallery?
Yes, you can apply. Artists/curators who are new to the program will receive extra scores when applications are assessed.

Is this opportunity only open to local artists?
All artists/curators can apply. Artists who live, work, study, play or have a relationship to Nillumbik will receive extra scores when applications are assessed.

Can I apply for this opportunity if I’ve never exhibited before?
Yes, we encourage emerging artists and curators to apply for this opportunity.

When will applicant be notified about the outcome of the application?
Applicants will be notified by Wednesday 30 August 2023.

Can I get feedback about my application if I’m unsuccessful?
Yes, we encourage applicants to contact the Exhibitions Support Officer for feedback about their application.

If you are applying for a group exhibition, are you only allowed to upload 10 photos?
Yes, only 10 photos can be uploaded in the application form. 

If you are applying for a group exhibition, can you only upload a 1-page CV or Bio?
Yes, for group exhibitions applicants can provide a short bio for each artist on one A4 page. 

Can I submit a late application if I miss the deadline?
No, applicants must submit their application before the due date (1pm, Friday 26 May 2023). We recommend creatives submit their application early. 

Can I apply if I don't have Public Liability Insurance?
Yes, you can apply if you don't currently have public liability insurance. The public liability insurance question on the Smarty grants form is not compulsory.  If your application is successful, you will be required to organise public liability insurance for your exhibition dates. 

For further information contact:
Exhibitions Support Officer
03 9433 3359

More information 

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For more information about Eltham Library Community Gallery, contact:

Exhibitions Support Officer 
Email: artsinfo@nillumbik.vic.gov.au
Phone: 03 9433 3111