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 Vista exhibition

COVID-19 update: The Carlisle Street Arts Space will reopen Friday 30 July with a new exhibition Friends of Suai/Covalima: Art of Friendship.

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

Camanyasa Around the Banyon Tree 2017

Friends of Suai/Covalima: Art of Friendship

21 July to 18 August 2021

Art of Friendship will celebrate a vibrant 21-year friendship between the communities of the City of Port Phillip and Suai/Covalima in Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor). What began as a gesture of support between two communities has become a hub of cultural exchange, friendship and development.

Events may change due to restrictions. Notifications will be sent to event attendees via Trybooking.

Exhibition opening: Thursday 5 August from 5.30 to 7.30 pm. The Mayor, Cr Louise Crawford will officially open the event at 6 pm. To attend the exhibition opening you must register through Trybooking - Art of Friendship exhibition opening 

Meet the artists: Thursday 12 August from 5 to 6 pm.

Film screening: The Art of Friendship film screening Thursday 12 August at 6 pm. To attend the film screening you must register through Trybooking - Art of Friendship film screening.

Upcoming exhibitions

Mathieu Briand Grand Nu 2019

Port Phillip City Collection | Recent Acquisitions 2019-2020

25 August to 22 September 2021

The City of Port Phillip commemorates four decades of contemporary collecting with an exhibition of Recent Acquisitions 2019-2020. Selected by Council’s Art Acquisition Reference Committee, the exhibition includes works on paper, paintings, photographs, mixed media and digital works by artists who live or work in the City.

Floor talk| Meet the Artists: Thursday 23 September from 5 to 7 pm

Karen Salter Sunny Morning on Tennyson 2021

29 September to 26 October 2021

Karen Salter | Sunny Side of the Street

With bright, graphic paintings of local Mid-Century homes Karen Salter creates a nostalgic narrative that pays tribute to the creators of these familiar domestic buildings and records the City of Port Phillip’s architectural design history along the way. Adopting the visual language of 1960s postcards – sunny blue skies and heroically portrayed buildings - the works reflect Salter’s memories of the buildings of her childhood. These buildings symbolise the

survival, hard work and optimism of the mostly European refugees who built and inhabited them.

Opening event: Thursday 30 September from 6 to 8 pm

Meet the artists: Thursday 14 October from 5 to 7 pm

Cathy Henenberg Flight 2021

29 September to 26 October 2021

Cathy Henenberg | I Voyaged Quite Alone in the Silence of this Magic Sea

Cathy Henenberg’s images were brought together in response to our experiences of confinement in the home during the COVID pandemic. This period has foregrounded the fragility of our way of life as well as evoking the deep appreciation of space and beauty within our locality, Port Phillip Bay. These reflective images evoke a dreamlike quality, centered around a place of belonging, encouraging the self into thoughts of reverie, wonder and the sublime.

Opening event: Thursday 30 September from 6 to 8 pm

Meet the artists: Thursday 14 October from 5 to 7 pm

Kristin Burgham Still Life 2020

3 November to 1 December 2021

Shakespeare Grove Artist Studios |Selected Works 2021

A selection of works showcasing the diverse range of practice by artists currently in residence at Shakespeare Grove Artist Studios. Established in 1998, the Studios are located at the Veg Out Community Gardens in St Kilda and have provided many local artists with an opportunity to develop their artistic practice and further their professional skills.

Opening event: Thursday 4 November 6 to 8 pm

Meet the artists: Thursday 25 November 5 to 7 pm

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Past exhibitions

Vista: Views from the Port Phillip City Collection

3 March to 31 March 2021

In 2020 the City of Port Phillip celebrated 40 years of collecting art by local artists. Dating from the 1860s, Vista draws together historical and contemporary artistic perspectives and features works that depict recognisable scenes and picturesque panoramas from around our city, unfamiliar views from other places; and landscapes constructed from the imagination.

View the online exhibition

Andrew Foster Untitled oil on board, 2021 

Andrew Foster | A Walk in the Park

8 April to 5 May 2021

Andrew Foster is fascinated by the inter-dependency between humans and dogs. His portraits of dogs and their humans give equal status, format and scale to each being and explore the idea of the family unit and the reciprocity of need and desire.

Foster also presents paintings depicting our beautiful local parks and significant trees. These open spaces were a haven for dogs and their humans during COVID 19 restrictions in 2020.

Helen Philipp 14 Pieces raffia, paper twine, coated copper wire, cast iron tripods, enamel paint, varnish, found plastics, fishing line, 2020.

Helen Philipp|14 Pieces

12 May to 9 June 2021

Helen Philipp’s woven sculpture is inspired by the vibrant colours and circular forms of sea creatures, in particular enlarged photographs of plankton. By integrating discarded plastics, collected from the St Kilda foreshore, Philipp alters the reading of her work, shining light on the critical issue of waste and its impact on marine ecosystem. She offers playful transformations of waste into art.

Cindy Rodriguez and Stu Gallagher Cindalay still from stop motion animation, 2021

Cindy Rodriguez and Stu Gallagher| Cindalay

12 May to 9 June 2021

Cindalay is a stop motion animation about a seven-year-old girl who sets sail from St Kilda in an attempt to fight climate change. The exhibition includes a scale model set, puppets and a three-minute animation.

Shannon Bausch Coming Together 2021

Ngwala Willumbong Aboriginal Corporation | Corroboree – Coming Together

17 June to 14 July 2021

The Ngwala Willumbong Aboriginal Corporation showcases works by artists at the Galiamble and Winja Ulupna Recovery Centres. Located in the St Kilda area these Centres promote Indigenous reconciliation and social inclusion through their programming and production of artwork.

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