Venue Hire

Both Centres underwent major renovations during 2015. Below is a list of venues that can be hired for meetings, rehearsals or workshops.

We aim to encourage a full, vibrant program of arts activity at our centres, including core programs, our residents’ activities, and external hirers looking for meeting, rehearsals, or workshop space. Your booking request will be assessed in line with our programming objectives. Due to the high demand for space we cannot guarantee that all requests can be accommodated.

If you wish to enquire about public events or performances at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, we are calling for Expressions of Interest for our artistic program here.

Please note that our venues are not available for private parties (other than weddings). If you are enquiring about a wedding, please visit our Weddings information page.

You can email us at: venues[at]agac.com.au

Gorman Arts Centre

Gorman Main Hall

Newly refurbished Gorman Main Hall. Photo by fm projects, 2015

Newly refurbished Gorman Main Hall. Photo by FM Projects, 2015

The Gorman Main Hall is a bright, versatile space that balances heritage architecture with contemporary function.

The hall is an ideal venue for conferences, exhibitions, trade shows and performances. The Gorman Main Hall contains a surround sound system, 8 channel mixer and wireless microphones.

Capacity – 97 people

Click here for more information including rates and venue specifications.

The Ralph Wilson Theatre

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens in the Ralph Wilson Theatre, 2014

Audience watching Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens in the Ralph Wilson Theatre, 2014

The Ralph Wilson Theatre is a 66 seat, black box theatre suitable for performances, lectures, conferences and screenings.

The Ralph Wilson Theatre is available to hire for private rehearsals, workshops and meetings. If you are interested in discussing public performance opportunities, please submit an expression of interest to be part of our creative program and one of our Creative Producers will be in touch.

Capacity – 101 people seated on retractable seating banks and additional chairs as required.

Click here for more information including rates and venue specifications.

C Block Theatre

C Block Theatre

The C Block Theatre is a black box theatre suitable for a range of hires including performances, lectures and conferences.Situated in the multi-arts hub, the C Block Theatre is a cross-disciplinary venue, with three retractable seating banks that can sit in portrait or landscape orientation ensuring the space is flexible and versatile.

The C Block Theatre offers the use of a separate foyer with a set of amenities.

Capacity – 109 people seated on retractable seating banks in landscape format.

Click here for more information including rates and venue specifications.

Courtyards

Courtyard at Gorman Arts Centre. Photo by Andrew Sikorski.

Courtyard at Gorman Arts Centre. Photo by Andrew Sikorski, 2013

Two internal courtyards provide Gorman Arts Centre with attractive gardens and spacious lawns, each with a magnificent Hawthorn tree at its centre.

The courtyards can easily accommodate several hundred guests, and provide a unique garden setting for outdoor screenings, live music, and weddings, right in the centre of Canberra.

Capacity – 400 people each

Click here for more information including rates and venue specifications.

E Block Seminar Room

Social Media for the Arts Forum, E-Block Seminar Room at Gorman Arts Centre. Photo by Andrew Sikorski.

Social Media for the Arts Forum, E-Block Seminar Room at Gorman Arts Centre. Photo by Andrew Sikorski, 2013

The E Block Seminar Room at Gorman Arts Centre is ideal for small seminars, training sessions, meetings and workshops. This functional space is well lit, carpeted and features an in-built projector with audio visual facilities.

Capacity – 16 people seated in a boardroom style

Click here for more information including rates and venue specifications.

Ainslie Arts Centre

Ainslie Main Hall

The new main hall at Ainslie Arts Centre. Image: courtesy of FM Projects

The new main hall at Ainslie Arts Centre. Photo by FM Projects, 2015

The Ainslie Main Hall is our largest performance venue, located in our music hub at the historic Ainslie Arts Centre. Flexible seating arrangements make the hall ideal for music performances, conferences, large events, lectures or meeting spaces.

The Ainslie Main Hall has a 16 channel sound system, modular stage, theatrical lighting, artist green room and dressing room.

The Ainslie Main Hall is available to hire for private rehearsals, workshops and meetings. If you are interested in discussing public performance opportunities, please submit an expression of interest to be part of our creative program and one of our Creative Producers will be in touch.

Capacity – 156 people seated, 232 people max. 

Click here for more information including rates and venue specifications.

Adjoining the hall is a Function Room, including a kitchen and serving area. The Function Room can be hired separately as suitable, or in combination with the Ainslie Main Hall for larger events. 

Classrooms

Classrooms at Ainslie Arts Centre. Photo by Andrew Sikorski.

Classrooms at Ainslie Arts Centre. Photo by Andrew Sikorski, 2015

There are eight classrooms for hire at Ainslie Arts Centre, ranging from approximately 56m2 to 80m2 in size. The spaces lend themselves to one-on-one or group tuition, meetings or workshops. Situated throughout the centre, the classrooms offer a quiet space to work, meet or play. Seating and whiteboards available.

Capacity – 30 – 40 people, per room depending on the space/s chosen

For more information and rates, please call 02 6182 0000.

Rehearsal Pods

Rehearsal Pods at Ainslie Arts Centre. Photo by Andrew Sikorski, 2015

Rehearsal Pods at Ainslie Arts Centre. Photo by Andrew Sikorski, 2015

Ainslie Arts Centre has three individual, sound-treated Rehearsal Pods available for hire; Pods A, B and C. These spaces are suitable for one-on-one music tuition or individual rehearsal.

Capacity – 3 people max

For more information and rates, please call 02 6182 0000.

Music tutors wishing to teach in the pods are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to be part of Ainslie and Gorman’s Music Tuition Program.