Visit Counihan Gallery
Our contemporary art gallery promotes innovation and diversity in the visual arts through regular exhibitions, talks and workshops. Entry to the gallery is free.
The Counihan Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm, and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm.
The gallery is closed on public holidays and also is closed from mid-December until early February.
Contact Counihan Gallery
Counihan Gallery In Brunswick is located at 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick, inside the Brunswick Town Hall.
The building is near the corner of the Sydney Road and Dawson Street intersection. Enter through glass sliding doors on Sydney Road. The Gallery is to the left of the Brunswick Customer Service Centre.
- Sydney Road tram, route 19, stop number 21 at Dawson Street and Sydney Road intersection.
- Jewell and Brunswick train stations on Upfield line are 10 minutes walk.
- Bus routes 504, 506, 508 and 509 have stops on nearby streets off Sydney Road.
- Upfield bike path is five minutes ride, exit at Dawson Street.
The gallery is accessible by wheelchair and has accessible bathrooms.
- Jewel train Station has an accessible stop and is 850 metres from the Counihan Gallery.
- The #19 tram has an accessible stop at Brunswick Road and is 500 metres from the Counihan Gallery.
- The #506 bus stops on Glenlyon Street near the corner of Sydney Road.
There is one disabled car space out the front of the gallery.
Please note: this carpark is part of clearway tow-away zone from 4-6 pm daily.
The Counihan Gallery In Brunswick aims for inclusion for all members of our community. Please contact us on 9389 8622 or email Counihan Gallery In Brunswick if you have any other specific access or interpreting or requirements for you to fully participate.
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About the gallery
The Counihan Gallery in Brunswick has a focus on presenting contemporary art exhibitions.
The gallery aims to promote and inspire innovation and diversity in the visual arts through its annual program of exhibitions. It also endeavours to encourage discussion and debate about new ideas and issues in contemporary art and culture through the public program of floor talks, forums and workshops.
The gallery opened in 1999 and is named in honour of the Australian artist and activist Noel Counihan (1913-1986) who is well known for his social and political commentary, activism and vocal support for the downtrodden and for free speech.
The Counihan Gallery acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people as the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waterways in the area now known as Moreland. We pay respect to their Elders past, present, and emerging, as well as to all First Nations communities who significantly contribute to the life of the area.
Current and upcoming exhibitions
Be inspired by the Counihan Gallery's program of visual arts exhibitions. See what you can experience right now and very soon.
Exhibitions at the Counihan Gallery are known for thought-provoking contemporary art by professional artists who create works that engage, challenge and excite visitors. The gallery has for 20 years contributed to Brunswick's reputation for a progressive culture.
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Talks, forums and workshops
Our exciting program of floor talks, curators' talks, information sessions, panels discussions, workshops and performances.
The Counihan Gallery In Brunswick presents a free public program to accompany its exhibitions each year.
These events include floor talks, curators' talks, information sessions, panel discussions, workshops and performances.
For enquiries, email Counihan Gallery In Brunswick or call 9389 8622.
Exhibit, apply, intern
Artists and curators can apply for an exhibition at the Counihan Gallery. The gallery also offers a curatorial internship every year.
The call for 2022 exhibition applications has now closed.
Applicants can expect to receive the outcome for their proposal in October.
View Gallery 1 & 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. You can even add your works to the space to see how they will look using online modelling platform SketchUp. Download the SketchUp file and create a SketchUp free account to get started.
Call for Moreland Summer Show 2021 proposals
Held at the end of each year, the Moreland Summer Show is open to all artists who live, work, study or base their studio practice in Moreland. Eligible artists are invited to submit one work which responds to the selected exhibition theme.
This year’s theme is History & Heritage, which we think has an incredible potential to resonate with everyone and prompt an array of responses.
Each year one entry is selected by a panel of judges for the Noel Counihan Commemorative Art Award, a professional development package of $3000.
A People’s Choice Award selected by visitors of $1000 is sponsored by the Sydney Road Brunswick Association.
A Peers' Choice Award voted for by participating artists is sponsored by Brunswick Bound independent bookstore, a book pack valued at $250.
Applications close: Thursday 30 September, 5pm
Artwork delivered by: Friday 29 – Sunday 31 October 2021
Exhibition dates: Saturday 13 November – Saturday 11 December 2021
Download an application pack to learn more about how to submit a proposal:
We are committed to accessibility - if you would like to submit a hard copy application or a video application, please email the Gallery.
We are not currently accepting applications for internships.
Each year the Counihan Gallery offers an internship opportunity to satisfy course requirements for one person currently enrolled in a graduate or post graduate degree in curatorship, arts management, museum studies or equivalent, with a demonstrated commitment to the visual arts sector. Applicants must be interested in working together with gallery staff on an agreed project while also learning the day-to-day operations of the gallery.
Moreland Art Collection
In addition to our annual exhibition program, the Counihan Gallery In Brunswick also administers the Moreland Art Collection.
Including over 300 artworks, the collection is growing steadily through the implementation of the Art Acquisition and Development Policy.
The collection has developed through purchases, donations and commissions with artworks subsequently displayed in Council building foyers and meeting rooms, libraries and in specially curated exhibitions at the Counihan Gallery In Brunswick.
The collection aims to enhance the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of art. It also aims to generate discussion about art, culture, social and environmental issues.