Plan your visit

There are 100 free gallery exhibitions and outdoor artworks to discover at PHOTO 2024, along with special events, talks and workshops over 24 days. With 7 Festival Precincts, 5 Regional Cities, and 4 Focus Weekends, we encourage you to plan your visit to ensure you can experience the Festival to its fullest.

Anu Kumar, from the series Remnants of Ritual (2022), PHOTO 2022 installation view. Commissioned by Photo Australia for PHOTO 2022. Photo by J Forsyth, courtesy of Photo Australia.

Festival Precincts

Not sure where to start? We’ve curated the program into Festival Precincts: Melbourne Arts Precinct, Parliament Precinct, State Library Precinct, Fitzroy/Collingwood Precinct, Brunswick Precinct, West Precinct, and South Precinct. You can explore one at a time, or weave your way through them all as an art trail.

There are also exhibitions and events across five regional cities: Ballarat, Castlemaine, Shepparton, Benalla and Morwell.

Focus Weekends

01 – 03 March
Opening Weekend

Join us for the launch of PHOTO 2024, with a full weekend of over a hundred exhibition openings across all our festival precincts. Explore our 2024 Icon Artists and landmark outdoor works.


08 – 11 March
Regional Weekend

Head out of town for a long weekend of art in Regional Victoria, from Nan Goldin in Ballarat to Ryan McGinley in Shepparton, and a takeover of the Latrobe Regional Gallery.


16 – 17 March
Ideas Weekend

Join the conversation with our program of workshops, panels and talks across our partner galleries, and delve into the ramifications of our festival theme, The Future Is Shaped By Those Who Can See It.


23 – 24 March
Photobook Weekend

Celebrate the role of the phonebook in contemporary photographic practice with this two-day program at Abbotsford Convent. Join us for the photobook market, photobook awards, hands-on workshops, panel discussions, and book launches.


Mark these dates in your calendar. Full events program will be announced on 1 February 2024.

Opening Hours & Tickets

All PHOTO 2024 exhibitions are free and do not require tickets.

Exhibition opening hours are listed and will be updated if changes come to hand. Please call the venues directly for any specific enquiries or last minute updates.

Coming Soon: Some events may require tickets or registering in advance. Please visit the events listings from 1 February 2024 for further details on how to book and costs.

Brendan McCleary leading a cycle tour of PHOTO 2022's outdoor program. Photo: J Forsyth

Brendan McCleary leading a cycle tour of PHOTO 2022's outdoor program. Photo: J Forsyth


We endeavour to provide as much access information as possible for each exhibition and event. Please contact the venue directly about specific access requirements.

While care has been taken to place outdoor exhibitions in locations which are as accessible as possible, some access may be restricted.

Event listings indicate when Auslan interpretation is available to book.

Getting Around

Many of the venues in the CBD, Fitzroy/Collingwood and Brunswick are within walking distance of each other or via a short trip on public transport, with many Festival sites located in the Free Tram Zone. Regional venues can be accessed by Vline services.

Visit Public Transport Victoria or call 1800 800 007 to plan your trip.

If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can use the National Relay Service to contact Public Transport Victoria. TTY users can call 03 9619 2727.


Why not make a night (or two) of it and treat yourself to a stay at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, PHOTO 2024’s official Hotel Partner. This will place you at the heart of the Festival, with dozens of exhibitions on your doorstep.

Or check out Visit Victoria for accommodation options in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Vasantha Yogananthan, from the series Afterlife. PHOTO 2022 Installation View. Photo by J Forsyth. Courtesy the artist and Jhaveri Contemporary.

Vasantha Yogananthan, from the series Afterlife. PHOTO 2022 Installation View. Photo by J Forsyth. Courtesy the artist and Jhaveri Contemporary.

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March