Caleb Thaiday, Elijah Money, and Stone Turner, Placid in Play, 2024, installation view at Incinerator Gallery. Photography by GIanna Rizzo.
Debris Facility, Knot Locked, 2023, installation view. Photography by Gianna Rizzo.
Yvette James, The Machine is Working, 2023, installation view at incinerator Gallery. Photography by Gianna Rizzo.
Mohamed Chamas, Baab 02, 2021, installation view at Incinerator Gallery. Photography by Jorge de Araujo.
Nicholas Burridge, Explosive Forming/i>, 2022, installation view at Incinerator Gallery. Photography by Lucy Foster.
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.
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The Atrium

Call for Proposals to exhibit in the Atrium 2025 will open 1-30 June.


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 their proposal.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • a $1,000 fee
  • a nine-week exhibition
  • curatorial advice
  • marketing support
  • a public program development opportunity
  • a formal opening alongside other exhibitions


If you have any further questions please email

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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 assessed 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 assessed on how well you have mastered your medium and materials, including your attention to detail and precision in execution.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: This category evaluates the degree to which your artwork addresses diversity, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and ability, and how accessible it is to a wide audience. The artwork actively promotes inclusion and accessibility.
  • Consideration of the Exhibition Space: This category evaluates the degree to which your artwork acknowledges the site-specific nature of the exhibition space. 
  • Public Engagement and Communication of Ideas: This category evaluates how well your artwork communicates its intended message to a local audience. Your proposal will be evaluated on its capacity to resonate with a broad spectrum of audiences, and its ability to foster diverse and impactful dialogue through public programs and initiatives.

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 during defined call for proposal dates. 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 Gallery.
    • 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 Gallery 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.
    • The Artist is responsible to install and de-install artworks within the time period set.
    • 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 time frame.
    • Artworks will be insured by Moonee Valley City Council for the duration of the exhibition and installation period.
    • 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 the Superannuation Guarantee as contribution to their nominated fund).
  2. Use of Images
    • The Artist will include with their proposal 3 x high-resolution image (at least 1600 pixels wide at 300DPI) of the proposed artwork or a relevant past artworks for publicity purposes. 
    • It is recognised that authorship and copyright of artworks proposed belong 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 artwork 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:

  • Entrance: 2.28m W x 2.5m H
  • Interior space: 5.4cm W x 7.4m L
  • Ceiling height: 7m (pitched with one I-beam for suspended works)
  • Height to upstairs landing: 2.8m, with clearance height: 2.55m

The Atrium features:

  • 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.

Virtual Tour. See the Atrium.


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 artwork. 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 space?

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 200 kg. All suspended artworks will be installed in collaboration with gallery technicians, and must meet OH&S rigging requirements. Any suspended artworks 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. Limited available space, walkways and overall installation of artworks should be carefully considered for multi-artist proposals. The exhibitor fee (and Superannuation Guarantee) will be paid to one nominated artist.

Q. Is additional support provided for public programs?

A. Yes. Incinerator Gallery will provide staffing, administration, ticketing, marketing support, and basic art supplies. The $1,000 fee must also cover the artist fee and materials for the public program. We encourage you to consider submitting an application for a Community Grant.