WHO ARE WE?
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre has a unique proposition. We are built on lands of the Wurunjderi Woi-wurrung people who have lived and shared culture on country for 60,000 years. We are housed in a heritage mansion that has served as a family home, a repatriation mental hospital, and a site for internationally significant medical discoveries. We are home to a verdant garden, a sanctuary for magnificent birdlife. We are a contemporary art gallery, a place to make and learn, a community space. We are all these things. These are our origins. This is what build from.
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre is the public art gallery for the City of Darebin and the home of visual arts in the municipality. The gallery is housed in a magnificent Queen Anne-style Federation mansion, built in 1900 by the Smith Family on the lands of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people. In 1920 JVM Smith sold Bundoora Park to the Commonwealth Government and over the next 70 years the building was used as a convalescent farm for returned war veterans and a mental repatriation hospital until decommission in 1993. In 2001, with the help of La Trobe University and the Commonwealth Government, Darebin City Council restored Bundoora Homestead and opened it to the community as an arts and cultural space. The house and gardens are registered by Heritage Victoria and certified by the National Trust. To learn more about the history of the building click here.
It is our mission to provide a vibrant and inclusive creative hub for audiences far and wide. We are here for anyone who is looking for new ideas, playful experiences, learning opportunities, points of connection, or simply a cure for boredom. At Bundoora Homestead we strive to be not one thing, but many. Our contemporary art exhibitions are complemented by an array of art and craft workshops, artist talks, heritage resources, and creative clubs. We are home to lush gardens, a delicious café, gallery shop, community library and makers space. Entry is always free. We invite you to visit us, to explore, to take up space, and to help build a rich creative community in Darebin.