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Exhibit at the Counihan Gallery

Artists and curators can apply for an exhibition at the Counihan Gallery or to exhibit in the annual Merri-bek Summer Show.  

Please email CounihanGallery@merri-bek.vic.gov.au or call 9389 8622 if you have questions about our application processes.

Apply for a Counihan Gallery exhibition

Applications are now open for our 2025 exhibition program. Submit your application before Friday 28 June 2024, 5pm. 

To apply for an exhibition, please fill in the Exhibition Application Form on the SnapForms website. SnapForms is an online survey platform. 

In 2025, the Counihan Gallery will offer a $1000 honorarium to exhibitors. This honorarium is paid per exhibition space, not per artist. 

This year, we are also inviting applications for our Winter Night Screen. The Winter Night Screen faces Sydney Road and displays video work from 5pm to 11pm, nightly. Winter Night Screen exhibitors will receive a $250 honorarium for a two-week slot.  

For more information on how to apply, please download our Counihan Gallery Exhibition Application Pack. 

If you would like to know more about what to expect as an exhibitor at the Counihan Gallery, you can download our Exhibiting at the Counihan Gallery information sheet (Doc 54Kb). 

The Counihan Gallery encourages applications from artists who identify as culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTQI plus, d/Deaf and/or Disabled, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. 

Information session

On Thursday 6 June, 6pm, Counihan Gallery Curator Nicola Bryant will run an information session. For more information about this program, visit our Information Session event page.

You can download a copy of the session's PowerPoint presentation below.

Information Session: Applying for an Exhibition (PDF)

Apply to exhibit in the Merri-bek Summer Show

The Merri-bek Summer Show is an annual exhibition held at the Counihan Gallery. Each year, local artists are invited to submit an artwork that explores a chosen theme. 

The exhibition theme for 2024 is (Be)Longing.

The theme '(Be)Longing' invites artists to explore the interplay between belonging and longing. To long for something evokes feelings of desire, yearning or nostalgia. Artists may examine the complexities that arise when our sense of belonging is disrupted or challenged, leading to feelings of longing. Conversely, they might explore how longing can shape our sense of identity and community, our sense of what it means to belong.

The call for Merri-bek Summer Show artworks opens in September. More information on how to apply will be available on this page in the coming months.

View Gallery 1 and 2 in the Counihan Virtual Gallery

It's not always easy to remember the layout of our gallery from home or the studio. Now you can explore Gallery 1 and 2 in 3D on the Counihan Virtual Gallery online platform.

You can also add your artworks to the space to see how they will look using online modelling platform SketchUp. You can access this online modelling platform on the SketchUp website. You will need to create a free SketchUp account to get started and download our SketchUp file (SKP 12.6MB) from the DropBox website.