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Top Gallery

Dedicated to exhibiting the works of Emerging Artists,
the Top Gallery is an intimate exhibition space
infused with heritage character.

The Top Gallery is part of Salamanca Art Centre’s subsidised Access Galleries program and is offered to Emerging Artists who are Salamanca Arts Centre Associate Members on the acceptance of an exhibition proposal. This heavily subsidised gallery space enables Emerging Artists to exhibit, often for the first time as a solo artist, for month-long periods.  

The Top Gallery is located on Level 2, nestled beneath the Terrapin Puppet Theatre Workshop in the very attic of the Salamanca Arts Centre at the top of the stairs. The rough-cast, limewashed stone walls, exposed beams and wooden flooring offer a counter-point in form and texture to many types of work.

Applying for the Top Gallery : 2022

SAC assesses applications for the Top Gallery twice annually, with the due dates for submissions as 30 April and 30 September each year (excluding Special Rounds).

Salamanca Arts Centre is currently seeking applications for inclusion in the Top Gallery 2022 Calendar:
February 2022 – February 2023

Applications are sought from emerging artists : solo artists or duos.
Artists working in any visual art medium are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the hire of the Top Gallery, please DOWNLOAD the Top Gallery Conditions of Hire (PDF).

FRIDAY 30 April 2021


Please note: All Applications for the Sidespace Gallery must be completed online. Submissions by any other means will not be accepted. For more details please contact the Venues Manager via email at venues@sac.org.au

ALERT ME : Next Call for Applications

To be notified of the next Call for Applications for the Top Gallery, including for Special Rounds (as a result of cancellations etc.) or for dates from March 2023 onwards, please complete the ALERT ME Online Form and you will be contacted once the next Call for Applications opens.

Please note: All Applications for the Top Gallery must be completed online. Paper submissions or submission by any other means will not be accepted. For more details please contact the Venues Manager via email at venues@sac.org.au

Conditions of Hire

For more information on the hire of the Top Gallery, including Venue Hire Rates and the Conditions of Hire, please DOWNLOAD the Top Gallery Conditions of Hire (PDF).

Please note: The Capacity of this Venue has been reduced as a result of Covid-19 Restrictions relating to Gatherings, Physical Distancing and Density Limits.  As these Restrictions are subject to change, please contact the Venues Manager via email avenues@sac.org.au for more information.

Floor Plan

DOWNLOAD the Top Gallery Basic Floor Plan (PDF) or the Window Cover & Hanging Panel Locations Floor Plan (PDF).

Venue Hire Rates


Emerging Artists | Salamanca Arts Centre Associate Members:
$150 per Month


CLICK HERE to view the available dates in the Top Gallery Calendar.

The Top Gallery Gallery is full for 2021.
SAC is not seeking applications this period. 

Applications for 2022 now open!


Top Gallery Program

Salamanca Arts Centre presents the following Emerging Artists:

for 2021

December 2020 / January 2021 :Psychescape by Emma Pridmore
February 2021 : Walking Shadows : Bal Maidens & Brisons Veor by Belinda Casey
March 2021 : Images of Beauty by Fiona Lohbraecher & Mark Shannon
April 2021 : placement_undecided by Emily-Rose Wills
May 2021 : Food for Thought by Corinna Howell
June  – mid  July 2021 :Haunted by Light by Rebecca Robinson
Mid July – August 2021: Gabrielle Rish
September 2021: Mermaid’s Fears by Jacqui Ward
October 2021 : Roulette by Andrea Green
November 2021: Nolan Art Students K-12 & Adults
December 2021 / January 2022: where were you last time I was here? by Phoebe Wood-Ingram

View ALL Top Gallery Exhibitions HERE

Please contact the Venues Manager via email for more detailed information on the Venue Hire Rates and charges associated with the hire of the Top Gallery.

Image Credits:
MetaMatter (2014) by Nadege Philippe-Janon. Photograph by Craig Opie.
The Great Feast (2013) by Alex Davern. Photograph by Fiona Fraser.
DEJA (2011) by CJ Liaubon. Photograph by Fiona Fraser.
I Consume Therefore I Am (2014) by Michael Mitro. Photograph by Fiona Fraser.
Hugging Stranger (2015) by Lui Xianghua. Photograph by Fiona Fraser.
Me-Helen (2013) by Anna Cocks. Photograph by Fiona Fraser.

Upcoming Events

April 2021



1 April - 26 April

An exhibition by emerging artist Emily-Rose Wills in response to not having a defined “home”: a musing on the elements of place that coincide with a physically unanchored self. “In…

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May 2021


Food for Thought

3 May - 27 May

A painterly exploration of images related to food and social events and interactions. Exhibition of new and old paintings by emerging artist Corinna Howell “This exhibition is a collection of…

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