Counihan Gallery in Brunswick

Both Side of the Street 2015 curated by Kimba Thompson & Eugenia Flynn. Install shot featuring Nadia Faragaab, Vicki Couzens and Maree Clark. Photograph: Janelle Low.

The Counihan Gallery in Brunswick is the Merri-bek Council public art gallery and has a focus on presenting contemporary art exhibitions.

The gallery aims to promote and inspire innovation and diversity in the visual arts through its annual program of exhibitions. It also endeavours to encourage discussion and debate about new ideas and issues in contemporary art and culture through the public program of floor talks, forums and workshops.

The gallery opened in 1999 and is named in honour of the Australian artist and activist Noel Counihan.

Permanent Collection

The Merri-bek Art Collection aims to reflect the artistic, cultural and social development of the Merri-bek City Council and recognise artists who live, work, exhibit or contribute to the creative culture of Merri-bek, so enhancing the Merri-bek community’s awareness, understanding and appreciation of art provide the community with opportunities to engage with artworks in highly accessible public spaces.

Artists represented in the Merri-bek Art Collection include – Noel Counihan, Angela Cavalieri, Maree Clarke, Graham Drendel, Fiona Foley, Emily Floyd, Kirrily Hammond, Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, William Kelly, George Matoulas, Phuong Ngo, Jill Orr, Brian Robinson, Wolfgang Sievers and Christian Thompson.

Online collection

Further information about the collection visit the Merri-bek City Council website

getting to the gallery

By Train 
Take Upfield Line to Jewell or Brunswick station and walk via Sydney Road (5 -10 min walk)

By Tram 
Take No 19 tram to Stop 21 Brunswick Town Hall, corner Glen Lyon Road and Sydney Road

By Bus 
Route 506 running Moon Ponds to Westgarth stops at corner Glen Lyon Road and Sydney Road.

By Car 
The Counihan Gallery in Brunswick is located at 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick, inside the Brunswick Town Hall. The building is near the corner of the Sydney Road and Dawson Street intersection. Enter through glass sliding doors on Sydney Road. The Gallery is to the left of the Brunswick Citizens Service Centre.


Accessible toilets and wheelchair access.

Image: Both Side of the Street exhibition at Counihan Gallery, 2015 curated by Kimba Thompson & Eugenia Flynn. Installation view featuring Nadia Faragaab, Vicki Couzens and Maree Clark. Photograph: Janelle Low.

Counihan Gallery in Brunswick
233 Sydney Road
Brunswick VIC 3056
T: 03 9389 8622
E: CounihanGallery@merri-bek.vic.gov.au
W: Visit website

Opening Hours
Wednesday to Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Sunday:1pm – 5pm
Closed on public holidays and between exhibitions for installation.
Entry is Free.

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The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly organisation and celebrate cultural diversity.