APPLY NOW | Dirty Dozen EOI

Type of space: Art Gallery, Window Space



    Dirty Dozen Form

    Capsule Form

    City of Melbourne’s Creative Spaces Program has now opened their Expressions of Interest for The Dirty Dozen and Capsule exhibition spaces.

    The site is one of Melbourne’s most unique exhibition spaces, located in Campbell Arcade, the busy commuter underpass linking Flinders Street station and Degraves Street.

    The twelve glass vitrines known as The Dirty Dozen and a large bay window known as Capsule have hosted nine exhibitions in the last two years, supporting over 70 artists.

    2017 is an exciting year for the space, with a separate Expression of Interest for Capsule now open to applicants for the first time. A number of other enhancements will be implemented in the coming months, building upon the site’s already strong reputation.

    Creative professionals working in any medium or discipline are eligible to apply. Arts organisations, institutions, festivals and curators are also strongly encouraged to apply.


    Successful applicants are assessed on the strength of their proposal, their level of inventiveness and the way their work addresses the public space and its capacity to attract attention.

    Each six-week exhibition slot is valued at $1800 for the Dirty Dozen windows and $600 for the Capsule the exhibition spaces are provided to successful applicants free of charge.

    Applicants are encouraged to visit Campbell Arcade in person to get a clearer understanding of the location and its traffic.


    2017-18 EOI for The Dirty Dozen and Capsule are open from Monday 6 March until midnight Tuesday 28 March.

    Proposed exhibitions must take place within the June 2017 to July 2018 period.

    You will need to provide:

    • Name, email address and contact number
    • Proposal
    • Proposed Exhibition Title
    • CV (If you are applying as a group, a combined CV of no more than one page per individual is required)
    • Images of indicative works
    • Preferred exhibition dates (selected from the date ranges provided-multiple selections are encouraged)
    • Plans indicating how the vitrines will be used
    • Support letters (optional)
    • Preferred exhibition dates


    Dirty Dozen Application Form 

    Capsule Application Form 


    Opening hours: the Dirty Dozen and Capsule are located in the Campbell Arcade which is a public thoroughfare. The site is open Monday to Friday 7.00am – 7.00pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm. It is closed on Sunday.

    Install and de-install: bump in is four days prior to the exhibition date and bump out is over three days after the exhibition closes. Install can occur after hours with prior discussion. Successful applicants must install their own exhibition and provide their own tools and materials.

    Openings: Generally, openings do not occur in the space whilst the arcade is open as it is a major commuter thoroughfare. Any openings are to be organised by the applicant and must occur outside of opening hours and must be discussed with Creative Spaces team members. Please note that opening requests can be denied at the discretion of the program.

    Electricity: Each Dirty Dozen cabinet is fitted with a double power socket. The site is not suitable for video work as electricity is switched off every evening and turned on again in the morning. Capsule also has a double power socket.

    Material: All Dirty Dozen display cases are glass fronted with plasterboard walls and ceiling.

    Capsule is glass fronted and backed with mirrors. The floor is unfinished wooden boards and the ceiling is plaster.

    Signage: General signage is provided by Creative Spaces. Applicants will be asked to provide short, exhibition summary text to be included in the signage. Due to limited space, this text may be edited at the discretion of Creative Spaces. If individual signage is required for separate windows this is to be organised by the exhibitor.

    Combined Dirty Dozen and Capsule Application: It is possible for applicants to submit applications for proposals that encompass both the Dirty Dozen and Capsule. If you choose to do this, please simply apply with the Dirty Dozen application form and make explicit in your proposal description that you will use both spaces and add a description of how you will utilise them.

    This space is suitable for Arts and CraftCeramicsGraphic DesignExhibitionsFashionInstallationJewelleryPaintingPhotographyPrintmakingSculptureTextiles