Debris Facility, Knot Locked, 2023, installation view. Photography by Gianna Rizzo.
Caleb Thaiday, Elijah Money, and Stone Turner, Placid in Play, 2024, installation view at Incinerator Gallery. Photography by GIanna Rizzo.
Yvette James, The Machine is Working, 2023, installation view at incinerator Gallery. Photography by Gianna Rizzo.
Chloe Arnott performance for Collective Breath, 2023, in collaboration with Nikhil Arlo James and Phoebe Kelly. Opening night view at Incinerator Gallery. Photography by Gianna Rizzo.
Jemima Lucas, Tell me what you are. Will you hold me in your arms?, 2022, installation view.
Mohamed Chamas, Baab 02, 2021, installation view at Incinerator Gallery. Photography by Jorge de Araujo.
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The Atrium

Call for proposals to exhibit in 2025 will open 1-30 June.

Please keep up to date for future opportunities to exhibit by subscribing to our e-news.


Incinerator Gallery exhibits work by emerging and established artists in the Atrium. The space is best suited to sculptural and spatial practices that are site-specific. Applicants are encouraged to visit the exhibition space prior to submitting an application.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • a $1,000 fee to exhibit
  • a nine-week exhibition
  • curatorial assistance
  • marketing support
  • a public program development opportunity
  • an official opening, alongside other exhibitions.


If you have any further questions please contact Incinerator Gallery at 180 Holmes Road, Aberfeldie, or via 9243 1750 or

The following categories will be used to assess submissions:

  • Artistic Merit: This category evaluates the visual and aesthetic quality of your artwork, taking into consideration your use of form, color, composition, and other elements of visual language. This category evaluates your conceptual communication of the ideas behind your artwork, and will be judged on how well the visual qualities of the artwork demonstrate these concepts.
  • Technical Merit: This category evaluates your technical skills in executing your chosen medium. Your submission will be judged on how well you have mastered your medium and materials, including your attention to detail and precision in execution.
  • Consideration of the Exhibition Space: This category evaluates the degree to which your artwork acknowledges the site-specific nature of the exhibition venue. 
  • Public Engagement and Communication of Ideas: This category evaluates your consideration and ideas to present a public program at Incinerator Gallery as part of your exhibition.

Exhibition proposals for the Atrium will open on Saturday, 1 June 2024 at 12am and close Sunday, 30 June 2024 at 11.59pm.

  1. Proposals
    • Proposals will only be accepted between Saturday 1 and Sunday 30 June 2024. Only online submissions will be accepted.
    • All information included in the proposal must be true. Incorrect information may make proposals ineligible and the Artist may be held responsible for any loss caused to the organiser.
    • It is free to apply.
  2. Eligibility
    • Proposals are only accepted from Artists currently living and working in Australia.
    • Moonee Valley City Council employees and councillors, or their family members, relatives or household members are ineligible to enter.
  1. Artist Responsibilities
    • Artists must ensure that they can meet all Terms and Conditions before submitting their application.
    • The artwork must be available for the duration of the exhibition.
    • Artists agree that:
      • The artwork is their sole original work.
      • The Artist has the power to grant the rights under the artwork.
      • The Artist has obtained any appropriate releases, including locations, collaborators, and/or performers.
      • The Artist is entitled to reproduce any rights in the artwork.
      • The Artist will compensate the organiser against any loss resulting from breach of these promises.
  1. Exhibition Conditions
    • All artworks selected for the exhibition remain the property of the Artist.
    • The Artist is responsible for the packaging and transportation of the artwork to and from the Gallery within the time period set.
    • The final layout of the exhibition is determined by Incinerator Gallery. All efforts of site-specific installation will be considered, but may not be accommodated.
    • Incinerator Gallery will install and de-install artworks.
    • The Artist is responsible for providing the equipment required to exhibit the artwork.
    • All artworks and supplied equipment must comply with OH&S standards. See
    • The Artist must complete and sign the Artist Exhibition Agreement and return within the requested timeframe.
    • Artworks will be insured by Moonee Valley City Council for the duration of the exhibition and installation period. This does not include during transportation.
    • Moonee Valley City Council will not be responsible for artworks not collected within the time period specified by Incinerator Gallery and will be disposed of at the discretion of Council.
    • The Artist will receive a $1,000 fee to exhibit their artwork in the Atrium (minus 11% superannuation contribution to their nominated fund).
  2. Use of Images
    • The Artist will include with their proposal 1 x high-resolution image (at least 1600 pixels wide at 300DPI) of the proposed artwork or a relevant past artwork for publicity purposes. 
    • It is recognised that authorship and copyright of works entered belongs to the artist.
    • If selected, the Artist gives permission for Moonee Valley City Council to use:
      • images of artworks;
      • their name, biographical details and likeness for marketing purposes;
      • the Artist will be attributed to the work as reasonably possible wherever the image is reproduced.
  1. Selection
    • Decisions for selections are final and appeals will not be considered.
    • Incinerator Gallery reserves the right to accept or reject any artworks proposed.

The Atrium is best suited to spatial, and sculptural practice—ranging from physical, large-scale works, to audio, to virtual reality, to conceptual, or architectural works. We invite your creative responses to the space, and encourage any enquiries with the gallery curator.

Measurements of the Atrium:

  • Atrium entrance: 228cm W x 250cm H
  • Atrium interior: 543cm W x 740cm L
  • Ceiling height: 700cm (pitched with one I-beam for suspended works)
  • Height to upstairs landing: 280cm, with clearance height: 255cm

The Atrium features:

  • Polish concrete floor 
  • South-facing window
  • Metal i-beam for suspending works
  • MDF wall opposite entrance

Click here to view floorplan and images of the Atrium.

Incinerator Gallery is a community gallery located by the scenic Maribyrnong River. We offer an annual calendar of engaging programs and exhibitions that seek to inspire, challenge and educate locals and visitors to Moonee Ponds.

With a curatorial focus on art for social change, we seek to present a range of solo and group exhibitions by local and national contemporary Australian artists which we supplement with strong education programs and arts participation programs.

Incinerator Gallery attracts a strong following from local audiences, as well as metropolitan Melbourne, who come to see artists of national significance exhibit along-side local artists and engage with local sites and attractions of the area.    

Entry to Incinerator Gallery exhibitions is free.

You can find more information about the Incinerator Gallery including programs and the building’s history at

Q. Does my artwork need to be completed at the time of proposal?

A. No. We highly encourage the development of new and site-specific works for the Atrium and we will accept drawings and sketches indicative of the new work. We also encourage you to include additional images of past artworks and exhibitions, which are indicative of your artistic practice.


Q. What does it mean to consider the exhibition venue?

A. This means that you have given thought to how artworks will be displayed in the space given the constraints of the venue, such as multi-functional use (adjacent reception and office, and nearby galleries) and heritage overlay.


Q. Can I present projection artwork?

A. The Atrium is a light-filled space and not ideally suited to projection artwork. Previous exhibitions have successfully presented video works on monitors.


Q. Can I suspend artwork from the i-beam?

A. Yes. The i-beam can withhold up to 200kg. All suspended works will need to meet OH&S rigging requirements, which will be organised by gallery staff. Any suspended works that do not meet these requirements will not be installed.


Q. Can I propose a project with more than one artist?

A. Yes. you can propose a project with more than one artist, however the total exhibitor fee for the Atrium is $1,000. Furthermore, limited available space, walkways and overall installation of artworks should be carefully considered for multi-artist proposals.

Applications open: Saturday, 1 June 2024

Applications close: Sunday, 30 June 2024

Successful applicants notified by: Thursday 1 August 2024