FAD Gallery – a Place of Assembly…


Contemporary paintings, photography, taking it easy on Tuesday & Wednesday, then live music on Thursdays, great DJ Friday and Saturday – playing grooooovy tunes from all the last five to six decades.

Considered one of Melbourne’s iconic art gallery venues and bars since 1995, Fad Gallery presents regular exhibitions, music, the occasional private party and hopefully some interesting events throughout the year. Both the Ground and 1st Floor are contemporary art galleries.

So come enjoy a bit of culture, some good times and some mad people in the heart of China Town… 
The bar has a range of local and imported beers, wine, very basic cocktails, spirits, juices, blah blah blah, our drink prices are pretty reasonable bar prices – we do try to please.

Fad’s hours are:

Tuesday – Wednesday: 2pm -12 midnight.

Thursday – Friday: 2pm – 1am.

Saturday: 4pm – 1am.

Current Exhibition:


Robinson, Rowe, Webb & Thomas.

Some of FAD’s Artists.

Jeff Busby


Peter Leiss

Peter Leiss



Tel Brott


Unknown Soldiers

feat. Karl James’
‘Gallipoli’ Series.

FAD Gallery recently hosted a commemorative ANZAC Centenary exhibition entitled ‘Unknown Soldiers’, whose centrepiece was a 5 metre enlargement of a WW1 photo of 178 unidentified officers, NCOs and men of the 13th Brigade, Australian Field Artillery, taken in Sains-du-Nord, France, on 21 February 1919.


FADtastic Stories

  • Karl James, Artist

Karl James

Karl James is a multi award winning artist working from Whyalla, in regional South Australia. Karl’s oeuvre is wide and ranges from expressionist still life to narrative allegories, mixed media collages often incorporating the written word, portraits, industrial oddities, brooding […]

  • Unknown Soldiers 2: centre left section.

FAD Gallery attempts to identify 178 Unknown ANZAC Soldiers

FAD Gallery would like to help establish the identities of the 178 officers, NCOs and men featured in a Group photo of the 13th Brigade, Australian Field Artillery, taken by War Photographer Cyril Jackson in Sains-du-Nord, France, on 21 February […]

  • FAD Gallery's Brian O'Rourke with the original 'Unknown Soldiers' photograph by Cyril Jackson.

FAD featured in News Corp papers nationwide over ‘Unknown Soldier’ ANZAC Exhibition.

War photograph reveals the faces of 178 Australian soldiers who have not been identified

April 05, 2015.

Exhibition organiser Brian O’Rourke with the photo of members of the Australian 13th Field Artillery Brigade photographed at Sains du Nord in France on […]

  • Fad’s 18th Birthday Party

Fad Gallery 18th Birthday Party – By Julie Wejs.

This is a photographic recording of some of the mad people that were here to celebrate Fad Gallery’s 18 years.






  • Tal Brott-A0R9839

Johnny Halleday

Johnny Halleday – born a while ago – thinks that photography is anything you want to do – we can all do it – yeah – but it depends on what you decide to present to the world – it’s […]