Abbotsford Convent - Industrial School

This room is multipurpose, and audience capacity is subject to the setup chosen by the hirer. While the capacity number below reflects the absolute maximum number of people that can fit in these dimensions, this may not be the ideal number for your event. Please speak with the Convent team about your event requirements and a more appropriate capacity that caters to this setup.

The Industrial School is an incredibly versatile and open space, filled with natural light. Designed and built in 1868, the Industrial School is the oldest surviving building within the Convent grounds, and features a central partition, which can be used to divide the space in two distinct halves. Whether it’s for rehearsals, performances, markets, meetings, workshops or events, the Industrial School provides a truly unique space.
Images credit: Yvonne Qumi 2020

Events at Abbotsford Convent - Industrial School

  • Clare Ellen O’Connor: Plucked - CANCELLED

    Performed by  Clare Ellen O'Connor

    Genre: Cabaret

    A celebration of self-love and bisexuality.

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    Clare Ellen O’Connor: Plucked - CANCELLED
  • Kitchen Kabaret

    Created by  Emily Norton and Maddie Johnston

    Genre: Theatre

    Singing vegetables? Come on.

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    Kitchen Kabaret
    Past Event
  • Modals of Lost Opportunity

    Presented by  InPlay Projects

    Genre: Dance & Physical Theatre

    Experience an immersive dance show that plays with potential.

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    Modals of Lost Opportunity
    Past Event
  • Ode to Being

    Created and Performed by  Jiawen Feng

    Genre: Dance & Physical Theatre

    At what moment do strokes compose a painting, pixels assemble a picture and cells make up a person?

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    Ode to Being
    Past Event
  • Peek-a-Butoh! Kooks & Spooks

    Presented by  Abbotsford Convent

    Genre: Kids

    A fun workshop for children & families - dance & mask making inspired by the Japanese form of Butoh.

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    Peek-a-Butoh! Kooks & Spooks
    Past Event
  • Wheelchair Accessible

    Abbotsford Convent - Industrial School is wheelchair accessible.

    All ground floor areas are wheelchair accessible. This includes the Industrial School, the Magdalen Laundry, the Oratory and the Packing Room. There is a lift to the first floor offices.

    There is step-free access to the venue. Wheelchair users enter at the main entrance. There are uneven footpaths throughout the grounds.

    There are 2 two-hour accessible on-street parking spaces located on St Heliers Street, beside Gate One. There are six accessible parking places are located at the front of the car park on the northern side of St Heliers Street. There is also a car park located within a short distance of Gate One. The entrance is near a dedicated pedestrian thoroughfare and road cross over.

    There are accessible toilets at this venue, though not all toilet doors are automatic.

  • Accessible Bathroom

    This venue has toilets which are accessible for wheelchair users.

  • Step-free access

    This venue has no stairs or all stairs can be bypassed via a ramp, lift or elevator.

  • Accessible Parking

    This venue has a car park with spaces reserved for people with disability.

  • Assistance Dogs allowed

    Assistance dogs are allowed into all parts of this venue.

1 St Heliers St

Abbotsford VICTORIA 3067

Get directions
  • Bus Route

    200 & 207

  • Bus Stop Number

    Clarke St Stop

  • Nearest Train Station


  • Parking

    All day parking is available in the car park directly across from the Convent on St Heliers Street. The machines accept credit cards, notes and gold coins. Funds from the car park go towards the restoration and daily operation of the Convent, and also support our neighbours, the Collingwood Children's Farm. There is no vehicle access to the Convent precinct for tour coaches and buses. Buses should either pick up / set down and park in Johnston Street or at the south end of Clarke Street (accessible from Abbotsford Street only). Buses cannot enter St Heliers Street. There is a dedicated bus parking zone on Johnston Street, 50 metres east of the corner of Clarke Street. Parking Weekday rates: 30 mins = free 90 mins= $5 $2 per hour thereafter 6 - 10 hours = $14 $2 per hour after 10 hours Max daily rate (until 2am) = $28 Additional overnight fee (after 2am) = $25 Lost ticket = $28