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Abbotsford Convent Foundation

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The Abbotsford Convent is Australia's largest multi-arts precinct and a much loved cultural and community hub of Melbourne. The Convent precinct includes 11 historic buildings, a gallery, 4 cafes, a radio station, a school, a national academy of music, and 6.8 hectares of expansive gardens and open spaces. A thriving and dynamic community, the Convent is home to more than 121 studios and a creative tenant community including artists, designers, NFPs, small businesses and wellbeing practitioners, and welcomes around one million visitors each year. The Convent is managed by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF), the not-for-profit organisation that owns and operates the site on behalf of the public, and manages the day-to-day operations, sustainability and future vision of this unique arts, culture and learning precinct. Receiving no recurrent funding from any level of government for the day-to-day running of the Convent precinct, the ACF relies on our social enterprise model alongside the collective support of the community to protect, maintain and nurture this expansive heritage site; to ensure it remains open and accessible to everyone, 365 days of the year; and to enliven the precinct with a year-round program of engaging arts and cultural programming.