Carlisle Street Arts Space

Open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5 pm. Closed Public Holidays

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.

Current exhibition

Doug Lucas (centre) and the cast of Pokeys in costume, Prince of Wales Hotel, St Kilda, c.1980s, courtesy of the Australian Queer Archives.

Queer Connections 

Celebrating LGBTIQA+ history in Port Phillip  

When: 2 February to 26 April 2024

Time: 8.30 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday

(closed on public holidays)

Where: Carlisle Street Arts Space, St Kilda Town Hall - 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda Vic 3182

About the exhibition

The exhibition explores Port Phillip’s rich queer history through the lens of its most iconic venues and events.  

Take a trip through the decades and uncover new stories from some of your favourite local enterprises including the St Kilda Sea Baths, Prince of Wales Hotel and Midsumma Pride March. 

Discover the people, places and moments that helped shape and cultivate contemporary queer culture and the trailblazers, experimentation and glamour that exemplify the pride of Port Phillip's LGBTIQA+ community. 

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Australian Queer Archives (AQuA) and Queer-ways and it is landing at the Carlisle Street Art Space just in time for Midsumma Festival 

You can find more information about the exhibition at 

Exhibition activities

Content warning: the Queer Connections exhibition and programmed activities may include images or other depictions of nudity. Parental discretion is advised. 

Past exhibitions

REAL FAKE: Himalaya. Photo and digital design Betty Sargeant.

Zetetic XIV

A selection of works by artists in residence at Shakespeare Grove Artist Studios

17 November 2023 to 25 January 2024

The exhibition featured the works of 14 artists who each explore a broad range of themes through many different genres and mediums.

For more information visit the Shakespeare Grove Studios and artists page.


Celebrating a decade of inspiring art that defies stereotypes

6 October to 3 November 2023

The 10 exhibition platforms the inspiring stories and art of Melbourne-based social housing residents and showcases the transformative power of inclusion.

Nick Cave, c1980s
© Peter Milne. Courtesy of the Artist and M.33

St Kilda’s Alright!

Art and artists in the 1980s

14 July to 22 September 2023

St Kilda’s Alright! presents a selection of works by artists who played a significant part in advancing St Kilda’s creative culture during the 1980s.

The exhibition was created to celebrate the endorsement of the St Kilda Live Music Precinct – Victoria’s first ever live music precinct. 

Pride at Play

3 to 24 June 2023

Pride at Play is a curated exhibition that celebrates thoughtful videogames and tabletop roleplaying games made by the LGBTIQA+ community, with the LGBTIQA+ community in mind.

It works to expand knowledge of game design and highlight the importance of LGBTIQA+ representation in the gaming industry. 

Small Town Emo - Fnife Games
Photo: Adam Thomas

Image credit: Morganna Magee, Anahita (detail), 2021 Digital print on paper, 91 x 60cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Distant Shores

17 March to 12 May 2023

Distant Shores is a moving exhibition showcasing the work of Melbourne-based photographer Morganna Magee developed in collaboration with participating members of the local migrant and refugee communities. The exhibition combines portrait photography, family photos and written testimony to tell the story of cultural heritage through the lens of the migrant experience.

From the Ground Up

16 December 2022 to 28 February 2023 

In collaboration with Melbourne-based artist and graffiti writer – LING, 26 graffiti writers created artworks in public spaces throughout the City of Port Phillip. Each artist showcased their work at Carlisle Street Arts Space. Works include pencil work, paintings, sculpture, photography and video projection.

Watch the opening night video

LING, image courtesy P1xels

Kaspian Kan What's the Takeaway? 2021
Image courtesy of the designer.

Design Fringe 2022

Continuing the legacy of its first iteration as Fringe FurnitureDesign Fringe honours the legacy of the last 35 years of the program while continually re-imagining the future of design. This exhibition celebrated the changing face of design and the work of ambitious new design leaders. Design Fringe asked participating designers to ‘Design the Future: Don’t Waste Time’. Linked to the major global challenge of sustainability the exhibition encourages both designers and visitors to rethink our relationship with objects.

SAE Games Student Showcase

24 to 31 August 2022

From Peculiar Puzzles to Mind-bending Mysteries, play a sample of the latest and greatest games from the minds of the next generation of emerging talent.

All games in the exhibit were designed by SAE Melbourne's Bachelor of Games Design student teams and offer you a unique opportunity to see and interact with the early projects of future game development all-stars.

Janenne Eaton Dream Catcher 2019
Enamel and decals on canvas

Port Phillip City Collection: Recent Acquisitions 2019 to 2020

7 July to 19 August 2022

The City of Port Phillip will present recent acquisitions acquired for the City’s Visual Art Collection. The exhibition includes works on paper, paintings, photographs and video works.

Port Phillip City Collection: Art Walks

13 April to 4 July 2022 

Discover our talented local artists in this Port Phillip City Collection exhibition which features a selection of the works that inspired the Summer program of self-guided Art Walks. These explored the neighbourhoods of Elwood, South Melbourne, Port Melbourne and along the foreshore from Station Pier to Point Ormond.


Bruno Benini Unknown Title (Models at Station Pier: Vida Elekna, Lynn Richmond, Terry Taylor and Gay Vardi) 1962

About the gallery

Carlisle Street Arts Space Vista exhibition

Carlisle Street Arts Space (CSAS) is a versatile exhibition space with the capacity to present a range of visual arts practice. Located just inside the main entrance of the St Kilda Town Hall, the Carlisle Street Arts Space (CSAS) presents a diverse exhibition program that enhances the cultural vitality of the community and encourages innovation in arts practice.

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