Dirty Dozen & Capsule

Type of space: Art Gallery

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    City of Melbourne’s Creative Spaces Program has now opened 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. Creative professionals working in any medium or discipline are eligible to apply. Arts organisations, institutions, festivals and curators are also strongly encouraged to apply.

    You will need to provide:

    • Name, email address and contact number
    • Proposal
    • Proposed Exhibition Title
    • Images of indicative works
    • Completed indicative window plan
    • Preferred exhibition dates (selected from the date ranges provided-multiple selections are encouraged)
    • Support letters (optional)


    Opening hours: 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 and bump out is included in the available date ranges. If successful, bump in and bump out arrangements should be discussed with the Creative Spaces team. Please note that successful applicants are responsible for their own bump in and bump out. 

    Openings: 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, 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: Display cases are lit with on/off capacity for lighting. Display cases have 10 amp GPO power supply. All 12 share the same circuit. Capsule also has 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. 

    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.

    This space is suitable for Arts and CraftCeramicsGraphic DesignExhibitionsFashionInstallationJewelleryPaintingPhotographyPrintmakingSculptureTextiles