Chapter House Lane is a non-profit contemporary art organisation situated in a large walk-by window space next to St Paul’s Cathedral in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, opposite Federation Square. The gallery’s laneway position showcases contemporary art to seasoned enthusiasts and curious passers-by alike, providing a unique public platform for emerging and mid-career contemporary artists – many without commercial representation – to contribute to Melbourne’s lively cultural fabric.In 2011, former managing director Amy Rudder partnered with curator Louise Klerks to convert a large, run-down 19th-century display case into a vibrant space for contemporary art. Since then, Chapter House Lane has established a loyal following, and continues to showcase captivating new work by artists in a range of media within the space. Artists and projects are largely selected for their capacity to respond to Chapter House Lane’s distinctive location and direction.
A dedicated volunteer committee operates Chapter House Lane and produces bi-monthly exhibitions as well as regular artist talks, festival events, creative partnerships and collaborations. Chapter House Lane is proud to provide its artists with a space in which to exhibit rent-free and commission-free, and to offer curatorial, event, media and communications support free of charge. This unique non-profit gallery model lies somewhere between an artist-run initiative (ARI) and a commercial gallery, with unflinching commitment to community-building at its core.
In 2013, Chapter House Lane was awarded a grant from the City of Melbourne and in 2014 received an arts grant from Creative Victoria to support the 2014/15 contemporary arts program. In addition, through fundraising activities, Chapter House Lane undertook its first ‘roaming project’ at 136 Johnston Street, opening a pop-up gallery in a disused window in Collingwood and hosting five exhibitions there.
The contemporary arts program at Chapter House Lane is produced thanks to the incredible generosity of volunteers, donors, partners and supporters.
Chapter House Lane acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate. We pay respects to Australia’s First Peoples and their Elders, past, present and emerging.
entry via Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
Please note: we are no longer accepting exhibition proposals.
Find out about upcoming exhibitions and events.
The Chapter House Arts Inc. organisation is run by a voluntary committee of professional staff.
Since its inception in 2011, Louise Klerks has brought creative direction to Chapter House Lane by shaping the annual program. Louise is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the gallery and organisation, working closely with the committee and exhibiting artists to deliver an engaging program each year. In 2018 Louise launched the new multi-arts space Missing Persons in the Nicholas Building, as founding director.
Stacy Jewell assists with gallery operations and exhibition design. Stacy is an independent curator and arts administrator who currently works in Audience Engagement at the National Gallery of Victoria and is on the Program Committee at KINGS Artist-Run. Previously, Stacy managed KINGS Artist-Run; No Vacancy Gallery; and assisted in Collections and Exhibitions at Heide Museum of Art. Stacy completed her Masters in Arts Management at RMIT in 2015.
Jessica Pitcher is responsible for the design of Chapter House Lane’s online and print collateral. Jessica is a freelance graphic designer who also works in Visitor Services at Heide Museum of Modern Art. Jessica has been involved with numerous organisations including ACMI, Blindside and Gertrude Street Projection Festival. She holds a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) from Monash University.
Miriam McGarry is a researcher and writer from Tasmania, who is responsible for Chapter House Lane’s copywriting and editing. She has recently completed a PhD on the impact of Mona (Museum of Old and New Art), examining the effect of Dark Mofo festival on urban regeneration and cultural policy in Hobart. Miriam has previously been on the board of Constance ARI and worked in arts administration in Hobart and Melbourne.
Christine McFetridge is a New Zealand born photographer and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. Using an auto-ethnographic approach she aims to address social and environmental concerns, with a particular interest in understanding the relationship between people and place. McFetridge is represented by M.33, Melbourne.
Aaron Claringbold is an artist who provides exhibition documentation for Chapter House Lane. Aaron holds a BA Photography and a BA Fine Art Honours Degree from RMIT University. In 2017 he held solo shows at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre and First Site Gallery, as well as being a finalist in the Australian Photobook of the Year Award, which has toured Australia and New Zealand.
Jessica Grilli is a freelance photographer and secondary school visual art teacher based in Melbourne. Jessica documents Chapter House Lane’s exhibition openings and artist studio visits. She is inspired by the subtleties, colours and textures of natural environments as well as people that inhabit creative places. Jessica’s recent clients include Naomi Murrell, Glasshaus Nursery, A.Nouk Studio and Flos Botanical Studio.
Our talented past members include Andy Butler (2017); Marnie Morieson (2014-17); David Brodziak (2013-16); Leanne Waterhouse (2015-16); Jacqueline Hanlin (2016); Anna Metcalfe (2015); Anaya Latter (2014); Ryan Frazer (2014); Cassandra Smith (2014); Amy Rudder (2011–13); John Vanzella (2011–13); Justin Lee (2011–13); and Jordan Dolheguy (2011–13) who created Chapter House Lane’s much-loved logo.
Chapter House Lane has a small team of friendly and enthusiastic event staff who volunteer at our openings and events. If you’d like to join our events team, please get in touch.