Carlisle Street Arts Space

Located just inside the main entrance of the St Kilda Town Hall, the Carlisle Street Arts Space (CSAS) presents a diverse exhibition program that encourages innovation in arts practice.

Carlisle Street Arts Space photograph courtesy Michael Kluge

Carlisle Street Arts Space

CSAS is a versatile exhibition space with the capacity to present a range of visual arts practice. The City of Port Phillip aims to enhance the cultural vitality of the community by providing a balanced exhibition program, which incorporates exhibitions by local artists, community groups and works sourced from the Port Phillip City Collection (PPCC).

Current exhibition

Due to COVID-19 restrictions CSAS is closed to the public until further notice. Information about upcoming exhibition programming will be updated as restrictions change. View the general CSAS Guidelines (DOCX 654 KB).

VISTA – views from the Port Phillip City Collection

Visit VISTA online for an immersive 3D tour of this exhibition

VISTA brings together historical and contemporary perspectives to explore the recognisable scenes and picturesque panoramas from around our city, dating from the 1860s: unfamiliar views from other places and landscapes constructed from the imagination. Curiously, in a time where people are isolating at home, very few works include human figures, creating a strangely now familiar atmosphere of solitude and spaciousness.

In 2020 the City of Port Phillip celebrates 40 years of its contemporary art acquisition program. During the 1970s and 1980s, the artistic identity of the St Kilda area was enhanced with a new cohort of artists making it their home. Council believed that a formal acquisition program would further foster this artistic environment.

Since 1980, Council has assembled a remarkable art collection of more than 560 works, accumulated through an active acquisition program. The strong artistic development of this program continues today through donations to the collection and the annual acquisition of artworks that are created by artists who live or work in the Port Phillip area and have an innovative approach to their practice.

Vista draws together historical and contemporary perspectives from the Port Phillip City Collection. Dating from the 1860s, the exhibition features works that depict recognisable scenes and picturesque panoramas from around our city, unfamiliar views from other places; and landscapes constructed from the imagination.

Curated by Louisa Scott, this exhibition brings the historical into conversation with contemporary works. This provides us with an opportunity to investigate themes such as the expansion, development and population of our community, the impact of colonisation and industrialisation on our local environment, and developments in contemporary arts practice.

In 2020 the City of Port Phillip celebrates 40 years of collecting contemporary art by local artists. Since 1980 we have actively assembled a remarkable art collection. The development of this program continues today through donations and the annual acquisition of artworks that are of historic significance or produced by local artists with an innovative approach to their practice.

Elizabeth Parsons (1831-1897) The First St Kilda Jetty and Kenny’s Bathing Ship c1855 (detail) oil on canvas 33 x 58cm .

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