Ainslie and Gorman offer rich opportunities to create, present and enjoy art, to network and collaborate, to teach and learn, and to foster critical discussion and the meeting of creative minds.

We invite you to discover our arts centres and the work of our talented residents. You’ll be entertained and enriched by the spirit of a genuinely creative precinct where art comes first, and where passionate and enquiring people devote their life and work to turning visions into reality.

Our centres are also ideal places to host a meeting or event or simply to escape the city in the city. Savour a meal at one of Australia’s finest restaurants, Sage Dining Rooms, unwind in the Mint Garden Bar, or relax in our tranquil heritage gardens.

Our intent

We believe that art thrives in a dynamic social environment.  To flourish, artists need more than just facilities or funding: they need stimulus, example and informed criticism from their peers, mentors, rivals and audiences. Communities, in turn, must be involved in a genuine conversation about how and why art is made, and interact directly with the people who make it.

Our aim is to cultivate inspiring places for these creative encounters to happen.

Our organisation

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres are managed by an independent not-for-profit organisation, Gorman House Arts Centre Incorporated, under head licence from the ACT Government.

 

  • The iconic West Courtyard of Gorman Arts Centre. Photo by Art Atelier.
  • 'Free Music For Rich Kids,' in the courtyard at Gorman Arts Centre. Part of the opening weekend of the You Are Here Festival 2014. Photo by Adam Thomas.
  • Hashemoto play in the courtyard at Gorman Arts Centre. Bloom Festival 2013. Photo by Adam Thomas.
  • Audience enjoying the Bloom Festival, 2013. Gorman Arts Centre. Photo by Adam Thomas.

About

Welcome to Canberra’s creative heart.

Our twin arts centres, Ainslie and Gorman, host the national capital’s largest collective of professional artists and arts companies a stone’s throw from the city centre. If it takes a village to raise an artist, this is the village.

Gorman Arts Centre is where new ideas, new works, and new artists are made and where they rub shoulders with audiences and each other in a bustling, multi-arts environment. At Gorman, we support creative development and excellence across all art forms – dance, visual arts, theatre, literature and more – and we encourage critical debate about the arts and their power to change the world.

At Ainslie Arts Centre, we dedicate everything to music. Through education, rehearsals, and public performances, our music hub unites music-makers and music-lovers in an expansive and exciting program. Diversity and inclusiveness are key, with a strong emphasis on youth and on community music programs.