The 2018 Thinking Bodies: Moving Minds Symposium with be held in Melbourne’s beautiful Abbotsford Convent.


Abbotsford Convent

1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067


The Abbotsford Convent is an extraordinary place and is fast becoming an important arts, educational and cultural precinct in Melbourne. Just 4 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD, its 11 historic buildings, gardens and car park are spread over 6.8 hectares in a sweeping bend in the Yarra River and are surrounded by the Collingwood Children’s Farm and Yarra Bend Park.

It is an invaluable resource for the arts community, for training and education, employment, an incubator for creativity and the sharing of ideas, a place for community participation and enjoyment. There are artist studios and creative spaces for writers and designers, spaces for arts organisations, a theatre for rehearsal and performance, indoor and outdoor function spaces, a primary school, a radio station, a glassblower, a bakery, cafes, restaurants, bars and there’s more to come. Symposium sessions take place in the Oratory, Sheets Room, Packing Room and Industrial School (via the Sacred Heart Courtyard), and Dorm one (in the Rosina Building). Registration and check-in will be held in the Packing Room. Specific session locations and schedule will be available soon.


BIKE/WALK The ride or walk to the Convent is spectacular, with the Capital City cycling and walking path directly passing the site. The St Heliers Street turn-off is opposite the entrance to the Collingwood Children’s Farm.

(walking: 10 – 15 minutes) Catch a train to Victoria Park Station (South Morang & Hurstbridge lines) Note: some express services skip Victoria Park Station

(walking time: 3 – 5 minutes)
There are two buses that regularly pass the Abbotsford Convent:
200 – City (Melbourne Central) – Bulleen
207 – City Doncaster – SC via Kew Junction

(walking time: 20 – 25 minutes)
Catch tram 109, 12 or 48 to Victoria Street / Nicholson Street (Abbotsford)

Directions: The Abbotsford Convent is located at the end of St Heliers Street, Abbotsford. The easiest way to get there is to go via Johnston Street, turn onto Clarke Street (left if going towards city, right if heading away from city), then turn left onto St Heliers Street.

Parking: No vehicles are permitted onsite. 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 overall running of the Convent.


For Further information on parking, public transport and accessing the convent please visit the Abbotsford Convent visitors information page here.

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