BLINDSIDE calls for proposals from emerging and established artists, curators, collectives and organisations to exhibit as part of the proposal-based calendar each year.

BLINDSIDE accepts applications from local, interstate and international practitioners, and can be for solo or curated group exhibitions.  We accept proposals from any field of creative endeavour including (but not limited to) visual arts, new media, sound art, performance, craft and participatory work – art practice is different for everyone and we support it all!Applications are welcomed for individual spaces or for projects that span both gallery spaces.

BLINDSIDE is an inclusive space that supports a thriving arts community of emerging and established artists, writers and curators of any background, age, gender and culture.


The current cost of exhibiting is $1100 for Gallery One and $850 for Gallery Two. This fee includes:

  • a three-week public exhibition
  • design and distribution of an electronic invitation (designed to gallery format)
  • email-out to 2500+ electronic database
  • Gallery guide listing in Art Almanac and Art Guide
  • the design of an A4 colour online catalogue
  • onsite technical assistance
  • staff for opening night
  • staff to invigilate the exhibition (Tuesday to Saturday)
  • assistance with grant applications for further funding
  • curatorial and professional development advice
  • inclusion in the BLINDSIDE digital archive
  • assistance connecting exhibiting artists with writers and curators

Exhibitions are open from 12 noon to 6 pm Tuesday to Saturday.  Openings are on the first Thursday night of the exhibition period from 6-8pm.

As a not-for-profit organisation, BLINDSIDE takes no commission from the sale of any artworks. Nor do we allow sales stickers or prices to be exhibited on the gallery walls.

A 25% non-refundable deposit will be required on confirmation of exhibition booking and is to be paid within three weeks of acceptance notification. Artists with financial difficulties are urged to contact the Board as soon as possible to discuss alternative payment plans. The remaining balance is to be paid one month prior to installation. In addition to the exhibition fee, a $100 returnable bond will be taken. This amount will be returned after the exhibition concludes providing keys are returned and the space is returned to its original condition.


Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the physical spaces of the gallery prior to applying.

Installation can take place two days prior to the exhibition (on Monday and Tuesday). Basic tools are provided by BLINDSIDE, but artists should source any specific hanging requirements. A passenger lift operates in the building six days a week. The Nicholas Building also has a freight lift, which is accessible for the movement of large-scale and/or heavy work. If you have any questions regarding installation or tools, please contact us.

The freight lift measures 1280mm wide by 2035mm deep and is 2010mm from floor to ceiling. The diagonal is 2380mm along the floor or 2960 from floor to ceiling. It is located down the hall and to the left from BLINDSIDE’s gallery 1 entrance. The frieght lift opens onto the alleyway behind the Nicholas building (off Flinder’s Lane).

Exhibition deinstallation takes place between 6pm on the final Saturday of the exhibition and 6pm the following Sunday. As BLINDSIDE has limited storage we appreciate prompt collection of work. Artists are responsible for any costs associated with the transportation and insurance of artwork.

BLINDSIDE gallery technician Kel Glaister will be in the gallery on Monday from 2-6pm to assist with installation and on Sunday from 3-4pm to supervise deinstallation. Exhibitors are required to discuss their installation plan with the gallery manager several weeks prior to installation. This enables us to respond to any potential issues and offer targeted technical support.


BLINDSIDE is located on the seventh floor of the Nicholas Building, on the corner of Flinders Lane and Swanston Street in Melbourne’s Central Business District.
Gallery One exhibition space is 40 square metres with a ceiling height of 3.4 metres. The long north-facing wall of the gallery is MDF. All other walls and floor are concrete.
Gallery Two is 25 square meters with a ceiling height of 3.4 metres. The west and south-facing walls of the gallery are MDF and the remaining walls are concrete.

For GALLERY FLOOR PLANS click here and for detailed measurements and 3D MODEL click here.


Applications to exhibit at BLINDSIDE are now closed.

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The experience I had with BLINDSIDE was instrumental in furthering my understanding of what it is to be a professional artist, equipping me with life long skills and invaluable relationships. Artist, Hannah Raisin, 2013

BLINDSIDE’S Coordinator was clear, organised and helpful. This allowed us to promote/install and deinstall the exhibition effectively and without issue. BLINDSIDE’S high standard of professionalism was greatly appreciated and is not always experienced when exhibiting. As a direct outcome of our exhibition at BLINDSIDE we sold work and were listed on an international art website. Artists, Anna & Renee Miller-Yeaman, 2013

I applied to exhibit at BLINDSIDE as part of their annual programme.  The experience has been great for me.  The process of exhibiting is often the only opportunity to critically discuss work when you are outside an institution, and I have learned a  lot through discussions with the engaged BLINDSIDE audience.  The gallery co-ordinator Martina Copley was extremely helpful and supportive throughout the process.  Her advice about the catalogue was appreciated, she had some good insights about the text and its function, and offered practical and theoretical assistance.  Likewise in regard to the exhibition itself, offering suggestions about which works to include which clarified my own thoughts about how my work was progressing. Inclusion in the Nite Art event was a bonus as it greatly increased audience numbers.  The exhibition was mentioned in a review of the event on Arts Hub. Artist, Eliza Jane Gilchrist, 2013

I couldn’t recommend BLINDSIDE highly enough…Through out the process of applying, installing and deinstalling the support and encouragement I received never wavered…The highlight of my experience was the attendance of school groups to the gallery. My practice has a strong pedagogical element and to have school students attend and enjoy the exhibition was of primary importance. I couldn’t be more delighted with my experience as being of one of the artists in BLINDSIDE’s 2013 calendar. Artist, Liz Henderson, 2013

Having an exhibition at BLINDSIDE meant I was able to show an ambitious new body of work in a supportive and professional environment. I gained experience by engaging with the public through three artist talks; to the public, a tour group and high school students. This exhibition also meant I was eligible to apply for funding from the City of Melbourne, support which increased the scope of my exhibition. Artist, Emma Hamilton, 2014

In September 2014 I held a solo exhibition Smash Your Head On The Punk Rock at the gallery consisting of new paintings that have now been exhibited nationally and internationally due to the opportunities afforded to me by BLINDSIDE. During the planning, installation and period of exhibition, I found the experience of working with BLINDSIDE ‘s coordinator to be exceptional in their professionalism as well as assistance regarding various issues related to the exhibition. Artist, Dr Kyle Jenkins, 2014.

Having recently finished my studies at Monash University, I was grateful for my experience in the Summer Studio at BLINDSIDE – a short exhibition following a month-long residency using the gallery space as a working studio. As a direct outcome of exhibiting at BLINDSIDE I was able to develop a sense of confidence and experience of working towards and presenting a show, and develop perseverance to apply for shows in the future. Artist, Jordan Mitchell-Fletcher, 2016.

I was invited to present a solo exhibition with BLINDSIDE for the one-month Summer Studio residency 2016. The gallery coordinator and the board members were extremely friendly and encouraging. I found the experience working with BLINDSIDE a fantastic opportunity to develop my practice, engage with the art community and a great learning experience as an emerging artist. Artist, Emily Yuting Chen, 2016.


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