Gallery Spaces

Opening to the public in 2019, Adderton: house & heart of mercy features over 800 square metres of light-filled gallery and creative spaces. The beautiful heritage features and distinctive character of the former All Hallows’ Convent building makes these spaces unique in Brisbane. The memories and stories of Adderton’s 160-year history resound through the walls and floorboards of its interior spaces, contributing to an atmosphere of reflection. Discover highlights of Adderton: house & heart of mercy’s gallery spaces below.

The Main Gallery is the former Community Room of the All Hallows’ Convent. This expansive space features an impressive wall of north-facing windows, and direct access to the long front verandah with sweeping views to the Brisbane River and Story Bridge. Heritage features, including an original 1891 fireplace and stained glass windows, make a stunning backdrop to the gallery’s upcoming exhibition and community engagement program.

The Bridge Gallery sits at the heart of the former convent, and is part of the original 1858 core of the building. The heritage servants’ bell, fireplace and dressing antechamber speak to the room’s original purpose as the master bedroom for Adderton’s first resident, Dr George Fullerton. Now, The Bridge Gallery is a unique space for contemporary and community art. Its twin double-hung sash windows frame one of Brisbane’s best views of the Story Bridge.

Located in the southern wing of the former convent building, Mini Mercy is an expansive and versatile space that will be dedicated to children’s programs and activities. With windows and French doors on three sides, the room is bathed in light and offers glimpses of the Brisbane River and the city skyline.

Adderton’s two parlour rooms are foundational spaces for the Sisters of Mercy in Brisbane. Originally used by Dr Fullerton as reception and dining rooms, the parlours were converted into the convent’s first classrooms, and later into reception and administrative rooms. Original heritage features, including the fireplaces, servants’ bells and moulded ceilings, contribute to a light and elegant interior.