The Project Space

Located in converted wool stores at Deakin's Geelong Waterfront Campus, The Project Space is a contemporary and experimental exhibition space

Exhibitions are varied, but share a focus on the University community, the Geelong region and the promotion of Deakin as a centre for excellence and experimentation in the arts. The Project Space is managed by a team of staff, students and volunteers from Deakin's creative arts department.

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Geelong Waterfront Campus
Cnr Cunningham St and Western Beach Rd
Geelong, Victoria

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All too red of tea, Julie Henry 2016, medium pastel and graphite on paper.

Deakin Capture Photography exhibition and prize

The Deakin Capture Photography Exhibition and Prize is a dedicated photography exhibition held at The Project Space at Deakin’s Waterfront campus. Deakin students are invited to submit applications to be featured as part of the exhibition.

Some of the 2015 winners

Key dates

Exhibition open 18 October
Application period Open now, closes 4 October 5pm
Work drop off Sunday 23 October, Monday 24 October (all works must be dropped off during this time if successful applicants wish to be exhibited)
Work pick up Monday 7 November, Tuesday 8 November (all applicants must be available to assist with deinstallation of their work on these dates)

Information about the exhibition

The exhibition will feature work by students from both the Waterfront and Burwood campuses, as well as the finalists from the VCE Capture Photo Prize.

The exhibition aims to celebrate the vibrant and diverse range of practices at Deakin, as well as giving students the opportunity to work in a professional gallery context. All students currently studying a photography major are encouraged to apply, and may submit two works each. The exhibition is being curated by photography lecturers and The Project Space student committee to ensure a broad range of practices are shown.

Instructions for applying

  • Students studying photography at Waterfront and Burwood campuses may apply;
    Each applicant may submit two works each (a work is considered a series or a single photograph).
  • Prints don't need to be framed or mounted. We will try to accommodate any form that the work is in.
  • By submitting an application, students acknowledge that if they're successful, they must drop their work off at The Project Space at Deakin Waterfront on Sunday October 23 or Monday October 24.
  • Students also acknowledge that they must pick up their work on Monday November 7 or Tuesday November 8. Any work not collected will be disposed of.
  • We are happy to accommodate any form the works may be in (e.g. prints, slides, small installations, scanography, etc.). Please specify the medium when filling out the online form.

2017 exhibitions

Deakin Capture Photography exhibition and prize 
October 2017

Photographers across all Deakin campuses come together to showcase their work, incorporating the VCE Capture Photography Prize.

2016 Exhibitions

Honours Graduate Exhibition

Date: Friday 21 October, 6 – 8pm 

Open: Due to assessment requirements, opening hours are limited. All are invited to attend the closing event on the date above.

2016 Exhibitions

Wonderland: Geelong Sculptors Annual Exhibition

Date: 7 to 31 October  

Location: The Exhibition Gallery is at the Waterfront Campus, adjacent to the Alfred Deakin Library. Access is via the Cunningham Street entrance.

Opening night: Friday 7 October, 6 – 8pm 

Open: 10am – 4pm weekdays; 11am – 2pm Saturday 22 October

Recently exhibited works

Past exhibitions


  • On Water – 1 January to 31 January


  • Refuel Geelong – 14 December to 22 December
  • VCE Emerging Artists – 11 November to 10 December
  • Honours student exhibition – 16 to 21 October
  • 16 | 16 – 7 to 12 October
  • Beat the Drum – 23 to 30 September
  • LANDSCAPES: Wendy Beatty – 14 to 20 September
  • identikit – 5 to 22 August
  • #VACANTGEELONG – 23 to 31 July
  • Lorne Biennalle and Mountain to Mouth – 3 to 19 July
  • Who’s Afraid of Alter Modernity? – 2 to 12 June
  • Geelong After Dark – 6 May
  • Visions of Italy – 8 to 18 April
  • On Water – 29 January to 6 February


  • Burgeon – 16 December 2015 to 16 January 2016
  • Visual Arts Graduate Art Show – October to November
  • New Wilderness V (part of Geelong After Dark) – 15 May


  • Projections – 19 December 2014 to 4 January 2015
  • Honours exhibitions – November to December
  • True Lies and Superfictions – 17 to 31 October

Exhibit with us

Hold your next exhibition at The Project Space. Our industrial style gallery is the perfect space to showcase your work.

We operate as an artist-run gallery, meaning installation, exhibition staffing and de-installation is the responsibility of the curatorial team and artists. We also encourage exhibitors to present artist talks, workshops and performances throughout each exhibition.

Information for curators

Heritage walls

In Room 2 (AD 1.104) all unpainted brick walls are heritage listed. These may not be painted and must remain free of holes etc. 

Works may be hung from all other walls. However, it is the curatorial team’s responsibility to remove hooks, fill holes and paint walls after de-installation.


Small works may be suspended from our wooden roof beams and metal I beams (Room 2), and from the concrete ceiling (Room 1). Works must not be suspended from pipes, sprinkler system bars, or lighting bars.


Limited installation equipment (ladder, tool kit, filler, paint, etc.) is available from the creative arts department technical store. Limited audio-visual equipment is also available. 

For projections, we can provide projectors (subject to availability) though provision of laptops is the responsibility of the artist. Three night projection windows are also available and may be used in conjunction with your exhibition.

Staffing exhibitions and opening hours

Currently our opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm. This may be varied to suit the needs of each exhibition.

It is the responsibility of exhibitors to staff the space for the duration of the exhibition. Subject to availability, volunteers from the project space team may also be available.

If your exhibition includes projections or other technology, please provide detailed instructions for turning works on and off.

Exhibition opening events

Opening events are usually held on Friday evenings from 5 to 7pm. The format is up to the exhibitor. 

Catering is available from The Waterfront Kitchen (adjacent university cafe). Catering costs are the responsibility of exhibitors, in conjunction with the Deakin faculty responsible for the exhibition (if applicable). 

If alcohol is to be served, at least one person must hold a Responsible Serving of Alcohol certificate.

Exhibition de-installation information

At the conclusion of your exhibition, you'll usually be allocated one or two days for removal of your work. 

Please ensure that all works are removed, all Deakin equipment is returned to lenders and the space is returned to pre-installation condition. Remove any rubbish, packing materials etc. 

Walls reinstatement

Remove any hooks and fill and paint any hanging holes. There's filler and paint in cupboards in the second gallery space.

Please contact the project space to enquire about exhibiting with us.

Deakin University Art Gallery

As well as Geelong Waterfront Campus' The Project Space, Deakin also boasts an art gallery at our Melbourne Burwood Campus.

Learn more about the Deakin University Art Gallery

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