Just four kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD and spread over 6.8 hectares, the Abbotsford Convent – with its 11 historic buildings and gardens – is Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct. The former Convent of the Good Shepherd, this ex-monastic site is now owned by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) – a not-for-profit organisation that operates the Abbotsford Convent on behalf of the public.
Today, the Convent is home to over 100 studios, two galleries, cafes, a radio station, a school, and an abundance of green open space. Each year the Convent welcomes approximately one million visitors, and presents a diverse range of art projects, rehearsals, workshops, exhibitions, markets, events and festivals.
The ACF is dedicated to enhancing its sustainability measures to ensure a greener future for the precinct and our community. Renewable energy initiatives, including the installation of a 98kW solar energy system, will save over 100 tonnes of emissions each year, significantly reducing the site’s carbon footprint. The Convent is also actively working towards a site-wide sustainability strategy that encompasses organic gardening practices, water tanks, green waste composting and LED and solar lighting.