Homestead Galleries

Championing local and national emerging and under-represented artists, curators and creatives, Homestead Galleries present an ambitious programme that supports diverse contemporary art practices and encourages access and participation from a wide range of audiences.

Under the direction of Curator & Exhibitions Manager Melina Payne, Homestead Galleries aim to promote exhibitions that explore what art can contain – whether a testing ground for experimentation, a device for communication, interrogation and critique, or as a beacon of hope.

For Gallery enquiries contact our Curator and Exhibitions Manager, Melina Payne:
(09) 838 4455 x 203


Call for Exhibition Proposals 2025

Our Call for Exhibition Proposals for 2025 opens in April. Watch this space to find out more.

Corban Estate Arts Centre Homestead Galleries

The Corban Estate Arts Centre public Homestead Galleries presents a high quality and engaging exhibition programme that includes both nationally and locally recognised artists, curators and creatives. Exhibitions feature a wide range of visual art mediums that respond to contemporary, historical, social and cultural themes to represent a diverse range of artistic perspectives. The annual exhibition programme also links to a selection of regional and local arts and cultural events. Exhibitions are accompanied by a full range of free public programmes including artist talks, exhibition tours and art workshops.

Submitting An Exhibition Proposal 

Every year Homestead Galleries opens a round of Exhibition Proposals to ensure that all artists, curators and creatives have an opportunity to submit their work for consideration to our Curator and Exhibitions Manager.

We accept proposals from practitioners of any artistic discipline, individually or in groups, with a higher priority given to emerging and mid-career artists, curators and creatives. We seek proposals that enable dialogue, complement our existing exhibition themes, grow and extend audiences, and contribute to a diverse art community.

Proposal Requirements:

We ask that you email your proposal to our Curator and Exhibitions Manager in a single PDF file that includes with the following contents, supporting images and links:

  • A cover letter including all contact details.
  • A detailed outline of the exhibition concept, key themes of the exhibition, media used, an indication of your target audience and ideas for a related programme to engage the public, a children’s activity or a technical workshop. (300-500 words)
  • Description and images of the works you intend to exhibit or examples of relevant previous works - the size of exhibition, size and number of artworks. (4-5 Images max)
  • A concise CV for all participating artists outlining past exhibitions, arts education, art residencies, art awards etc. (2 pages per CV max)
  • Possible dates for the exhibition - when is your proposed exhibition available and does it relate to a specific event or festival?

Please note: We understand that the exhibition proposal process is often tricky and time-consuming, so we are committed to minimising barriers where necessary. Not only do we encourage early-career artists, curators and creatives to apply but we also welcome any questions they may have regarding the process.  


Gallery Spaces

The Homestead Galleries are located at the heart of Corban Estate Arts Centre in the original Homestead of the Corban family who lived on the estate when it was operating as a winery. The Homestead is a Heritage building finished in 1923 and includes three exhibition spaces: Gallery One, Gallery Two and Gallery Three. (Galleries Two and Three are connected through an open doorway and are typically used as one conjoining exhibition space). Please find a floor plan of the complete upper Homestead here.

If you have an indication of which space you would prefer for your proposed exhibition, please mention this in your proposal PDF.


What We Offer
  • Curatorial guidance to develop your exhibition
  • On-site technician for Install + De-install
  • Inclusion in the CEAC marketing strategy and promotion to our community
  • Opening Reception (including food + drinks)
  • Carefully designed gallery programming specific to your exhibition
  • Design, production and distribution of exhibition catalogues
  • Opportunity to sell your works if desired (Note there is a 33.3% + GST commission on sales)
  • No exhibition charges, but an artists' gratuity to you


How to apply:

Proposals will be responded to within 6 weeks of the proposal deadline. Please direct all enquiries to the Curator and Exhibitions Manager, Melina Payne at or (09) 838 4455 x 203

Please direct all enquiries to the Curator and Exhibitions Manager, Melina Payne:
(09) 838 4455 x 203

Hire an Exhibition Space

Another option for artists wishing to exhibit at Corban Estate is to hire a venue to exhibit. Venue options include Old St Michael's Church and the Barrel Store.