Exhibitions at Geelong Regional Libraries

*** PLEASE NOTE: The Geelong Library & Heritage Centre's main exhibition space is currently under development. Applications are still being accepted however exhibition opportunities will not be available until the second half of 2023***

Geelong Regional Libraries seeks to develop audiences and communities through the delivery of exhibitions that showcase or interpret our collections, act as a platform for creative community dialogue and which encourage curiosity, debate and discussion.

Artists and makers, community artists and artist collectives are invited to apply to exhibit their work at Geelong Library and Heritage Centre (GL&HC), Colac Library, or other libraries within the network.  We support a broad range of visual art practices and exhibition types including painting, printmaking, photography and some installations.

We seek exhibition applications year round and assess on an ongoing basis.

Eligibility criteria

We accept applications from artists at all stages of their career, including community groups. You do not need to live in the City of Greater Geelong to apply.

We encourage exhibitions and displays which:
1. Are of artistic merit and quality
2. Enhance access and connect audiences with the Geelong Regional Library Corporation’s Collections and the region’s history
3. Engage the community in public conversation on contemporary issues of importance to them
4. Promote the library as a place of innovative thinking and robust discussion
5. Trial emerging models of audience and community engagement
6. Are considerate of the broad range of visitors to the GL&HC. 

Available spaces at Geelong Library

There are a number of exhibition spaces that may be available, depending on size requirements and type of exhibition, including:

  • Ki-kirri-ngitj (kee-kirri-nich) – Ground Floor - easels can be set up in the reading nook to display up to 15 framed art or photographs, and some self-standing installations can be accommodated in the central space of Ground Floor.
  • Kim barne thaliyu (kim bani tal-ee-you) – Level 3 (Heritage Centre)

Available spaces at Colac Library

  • There is considerable wall hanging space around the outer walls of Colac Library
  • There may be space for installations/object displays in the foyer area of Colac Library

Available spaces at Booronggook Drysdale Library

  • Wall hanging space in the new library, available from Thursday 13th April, 2023

When applying, please consider…

• Representation or acknowledgement of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander or CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) people 
• The inclusivity and accessibility of your exhibition, including for people with disabilities
• Potential of proposed exhibition to engage with the community and support the development of a vibrant, artistic community within the Geelong region

Hire fee and costs

There is no fee to hire our exhibition spaces. If your exhibition is of a commercial nature, we may negotiate a percentage of commissions from works sold.

All installation and de-installation is the responsibility of the artists/exhibitors to a timeline and professional standard as agreed with Geelong Regional Libraries. Artists/exhibitors are responsible for all costs associated with exhibition install and de-install for their exhibition. We take no responsibility for any damages or theft of artwork.

In addition, artists/exhibitors are responsible for any staffing, catering and audio-visual expenses relating to a launch event. Please note there are catering restrictions at GL&HC – please speak to a member of the Events team at events@grlc.vic.gov.au for more information.

Please note, we will not administer artwork sales or facilitate payment on behalf of the artist. 


To begin the application process, please complete the enquiry form below.

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Contact Details
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Upon acceptance of your request you will be required to submit supporting material including high resolution images and a single A4 page curriculum vitae. 

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