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Banco Group is restoring the Union Bank to a space for community, starting with Art at the Bank – an evolving roster of pop up exhibitions and artists-in-residence.

For decades the historic Union Bank was a local landmark and pillar of community, before falling into disrepair. Between May and November 2023, it will host exhibitions by artists in residence. Five-metre high ceilings. Distressed walls. Open spaces. Free for artists and the community.


Melbourne based firm Do Works are bringing their exhibition ‘Call Out’ to Cecil Place Precinct as part of Melbourne Design Week 2024.
‘Call Out’ brings together a mix of emerging and leading architectural practices who are each using the medium of furniture as the basis for distinct material, formal, and social research. Work will be presented by Baracco + Wright Architects, Sean Godsell Architects, Simulaa, EXCX, Nüüd Studio, Second Edition and Five Mile Radius.

Participating architects:

@baraccowrightarchitects @seangodsellarchitects @simulaa_ @__excx @nuudstudio @secondeditionau @five_mile_radius


Exhibition Dates – May 23rd – June 2nd
Opening Celebration – Saturday May 26th, 6-8pm

Art at the Bank is a new exhibition and arts space in collaboration with ADA consulting (from Andy Dinan, Mars Gallery), and the Banco Group’s newest project Cecil Place Precinct, giving curators and artists an opportunity to stage their exhibitions, performances and interventions at the former Union Bank site.

Applications have now closed.

Imagine a city where all the disused buildings and temporary spaces are turned over to art and art making.

Art at the Bank encapsulates Banco Group’s ongoing commitment to activating spaces, fostering creativity and building community through art.

Past Events


ART AT THE BANK: over the past twelve months Cecil Place Precinct has offered the Union Bank space to multiple artists showcasing their works from a range of mediums.  The exhibitions were part of a program to donate and activate this unique space while it lay idol prior to its refurbishment.

Over 10,000 people walked through the doors to support and experience wearable art, thought provoking film and video art, editable art and inspiring murals, paintings and sculptures. We’d like to thank Andy Dinan of ADA Consulting for the curation of the program and look forward to continuing our support of the arts by commissioning works that engage with the buildings history in due course.

Participating artist:

@uniteplayperform  @alex_walker_/   @jenvalender   @esther_gyo  @joshdeaneofficial   @bolakier    @rlfootdesignstudio   katie_stackhouse   @jenna.mlee   domonicdeclario