4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (NSW) is the national peak body organisation for Asian-Australian contemporary art located in Sydney's Chinatown district. 4A has worked in the Asian contemporary art context since 1996 at the outset of the international development of this field. 4A fosters excellence and innovation in contemporary Asian and Australian culture through research, documentation, development, discussion and presentation of contemporary art through a diverse program of exhibitions, new work commissions, public programs, residencies, professional development workshops and special events. 4A's aim is to ensure contemporary art plays a central role in understanding the dynamic relationship between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, believing that Asian cultural thinking will have an important impact on the future.
Artspace Visual Arts Centre (NSW) is an international residency-based contemporary art centre, committed to the development of new ideas and practices in contemporary art and culture. Artspace hosts around 50 artists-in-residence a year and works closely with artists to foster the development of challenging new installation-based work. Through extensive public program and education activities Artspace explores critical contexts for contemporary art and encourages examination of the diverse social, political and visual processes that shape Australian culture within both regional and global frameworks. In addition to producing 15 gallery projects a year, often in partnership with peer organisations nationally and internationally, Artspace publishes Column, a regular Artspace periodical along with cultural theory books and artist monographs.
The Australian Centre for Photography (NSW) is a national centre for the presentation, dissemination and creative learning of photo-based practice. Established in 1973, it has played an important role in identifying and promoting the major artists of Australian photography as well as supporting new and emerging photomedia practitioners. Operating locally, nationally and internationally ACP has a strong emphasis on the active engagement of audiences with contemporary photo-media practice spanning traditional photography to digital media. Its activities include an extensive exhibition program, national and international touring, and publishing. ACP's educational programs range from life-long learning to professional development and master classes by national and international experts, while the Social Inclusion program uses photography to help socially disengaged young people develop life skills.
Australian Experimental Art Foundation (SA) was established in 1974 by a small group of Adelaide artists and theorists in order to both encourage new approaches to the visual arts and to promote the idea of art as 'radical and only incidentally aesthetic'. The AEAF incorporates a gallery space, bookshop and artists studios. The AEAF curates its exhibition program to represent new work that expands current debates and ideas in contemporary art and culture. The contemporary visual arts sector that the Foundation supports, promotes, and seeks to stimulate includes practices that are inter-disciplinary and research driven and have various gallery, project and urban outcomes.
Canberra Contemporary Art Space (ACT) encourages artists to explore new ideas and media that stimulate, challenge and entertain audiences. Presenting a broad program of exhibitions, CCAS provides practical opportunities for artists, performers, writers and curators to develop careers in the arts. CCAS shows the work of local, national and international artists. Support for emerging artists includes provision of studio space, professional support and exhibition opportunities. Established artists are offered opportunities to experiment and advance their practice to facilitate their ongoing contribution to Australian visual cultures. CCAS audiences experience innovations in contemporary art before it's collected and exhibited by the larger art museums.
Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (SA) promotes new and innovative art practice that critically engages contemporary ideas and diverse areas of knowledge, creating contextual relevance by placing key interstate, local and international artists together according to conceptual and/or material links, with an emphasis on bilateral partnerships between domestic and ASEAN cultural sectors. Established as the Contemporary Art Society in 1942, CACSA exhibits the work of young and emerging artists and commissions mid-career and established artists' projects. CACSA publishes the internationally distinguished quarterly CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ART CULTURE Broadsheet magazine, exhibition catalogues, anthologies and artists' monographs, and routinely hosts public artist talks, symposiums, associated activities.
Centre for Contemporary Photography (VIC) engages audiences in contemporary photography, providing an accessible environment that promotes appreciation and understanding of contemporary photo-based arts. Established in 1986, CCP supports artists and enables audiences to explore photography via exhibitions, lectures, workshops, publications and public debate. Working from a tradition of photography CCP explores the various dimensions of the photographic and the post-photographic through exhibition and allied activities. CCP offers a space where emerging photo-based artists can gain a formative experience in the development and staging of exhibitions; where practicing photographers can find new audiences; and established artists can experiment with new directions.
Contemporary Art Services Tasmania (TAS) is an active participant in the Tasmanian creative community, offering opportunities for artists, arts professionals and audiences through an annual program of exhibitions, off-site projects, artist forums, professional development initiatives, publications and the provision of artist's studios. CAST provides a platform for Tasmanian artists to develop and test new works and ideas in a context of national practice, as well as to connect artists with new audiences, public galleries, collecting institutions and the art market. CAST occupies a lead role in the contemporary culture of Tasmania and is respected for its experience and professionalism in the contemporary visual arts sector where it maintains regular engagement with public galleries, artist run initiatives, festivals and the education sector.
Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces (VIC) was established in 1985 and is Melbourne's leading contemporary arts centre focused on the development and presentation of new art practices. Fostering a culture of experimentation, risk, and critical dialogue, Gertrude Contemporary's exhibition program includes new commissions from early-career and established Australian and International artists, while the studio program provides space for sixteen Australian artists for two-year tenures. International activities include annual reciprocal collaborations with colleague organisations in Asia, and international partnerships involving exhibitions, exchange-residencies and publications. Gertrude Contemporary manages an Emerging Writers Mentorship, a Visiting International Curators & Artists Residency, an active publishing program, and an education program that enables audiences to interact with artists in a studio setting.
Institute of Modern Art (QLD) opened in 1975, making it one of Australia's first contemporary art spaces and Queensland's first 'gallery of modern art'. It is the hub of contemporary-art life in the state. Its program includes exhibitions and events by emerging and established, local, national, and international artists. The IMA operates in an expanded field of contemporary art, taking in aspects of cinema and new music. The IMA is distinguished by aggressive publishing and exhibition touring. In addition to producing exhibition catalogues, it publishes stand-alone books, including key scholarly works. It co-publishes the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, Australasia's principal peer-reviewed art-history journal. The IMA also runs residencies to support its exhibition and publishing program, including a writers residency (a joint project with Eyeline magazine).
Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (NT) promotes and develops contemporary visual arts in the Northern Territory, by facilitating opportunities for people to engage with current contemporary art practices. Producing a diverse program of exhibitions, performances, education programs and artistic projects, NCCA (formerly 24HR Art) provides opportunities for artists in the NT to exhibit their work in a national and international context. Reflecting its unique geographic location in Australia, NCCA maintains a strong engagement with the many artistic communities of the NT and surrounding regions, including remote Indigenous and South East Asian arts communities.
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (WA) is a catalyst for innovative and ground-breaking art and culture, giving artists and audiences a glimpse of what is possible. Both a producing and presenting institution, PICA runs a program of exhibitions, contemporary dance, theatre, performance and interdisciplinary projects. PICA promotes, supports and presents contemporary arts and stimulates critical discussion around the arts and broader cultural issues. In many aspects of its operations, PICA might be understood as an incubator: providing resources, mentoring and support for both emerging and mature artists whilst promoting new and emerging ideas, forms and practices to the broader community.
Performance Space (NSW) is a creative space for artists and audiences to explore and experience new forms, new ideas, and new contexts of interdisciplinary arts. Performance Space specialises in art that explores the intersections between artforms, questions assumptions about the relationships between artist and audience, and engages with the concerns of the ever-evolving society in which we live. Development and Presentation Programs include performances and installations, residencies enabling artists to creatively develop their practice, and contextualising initiatives including discussions and publications. Established in 1983, Performance Space works with local, regional, national and international artists.
West Space (VIC) is a non-profit artist-led organisation supporting the activities of artists within a critical context. West Space programming foregrounds engaged artistic practice which is challenging, experimental, exploratory, and diverse. Founded in 1993, West Space has developed a unique identity amongst Australian arts organisations. As an organisation that is run by artists it is fully engaged with the multiplicity of practices that artists embrace. Importantly, West Space acts as a working model that gives artists direct control over the means and conditions of presenting their work to the public. While many artists exhibiting at West Space are young or emerging, there is also a significant number of established artists that actively choose to exhibit at Artist Run Spaces like West Space because of the dynamic communication and artistic freedom that they offer.