Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres host an impressive year-round program of exhibitions, performances, classes, workshops, professional development opportunities, events and festivals.

Our Centres house one-third of the ACT’s Key Arts Organisations, who deliver innovative programs in a wide range of artforms including dance, visual arts, writing, music and theatre. There is a strong focus on emerging arts practice and on youth programs, as well as arts events and activities for all ages.

Ainslie and Gorman also house independent festival producers, publishers and arts media organisations who play a vital role in the ACT arts sector.

For more information about programs and events at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, browse our What’s On or discover our resident artists and arts organisations through their resident profiles.

Ralph Indie program

Emma McManus and Nick Delatovic perform in Vinegar Tom, presented as part of Ralph Indie in 2016. Photo: Thorson Photography

A new curated program of independently produced performance works created by emerging and established artists, the Ralph Indie program supports the development and presentation of new performance works. Artists will be afforded the space and time needed to experiment and play with bold and brave artistic ideas. Successful applicants will be supported through access to space, mentorship, peer discussion, work-in-progress showings and public performance in the Ralph Wilson Theatre at Gorman Arts Centre.

After a sold-out season of Ralph Indie in 2016, we’re calling for applications for artists to participate in the 2017 program!

Applications close 29 January, 2017.
For more information, including on how to apply, click here

Ainslie and Gorman artistic program

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

Photo: Adam Thomas

Our artistic program spans across all art-forms, with a focus on the experimental, engaging and cutting-edge. From art parties and festivals, performance works, and gigs and concerts, to artist development forums and critical conversations, come and be surprised. See what’s on.

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres is calling for Expressions of Interest from a broad range of creative practitioners and communities working in the fields of writing and literature; music; visual art; installation; dance; performance; live art; experimental work; community engaged practice and interdisciplinary work. We are open to works in development, one off and series events, longer term projects, workshops, discussions, forums and professional development opportunities.

Participation in our Artistic Program is an opportunity for artists, producers and curators to present arts activities, programs and events in a supported capacity,

For more information, see the information package. Applications should be made online


Flash Residencies

Amelia McQueen. Photo: Lorna Sim

The Flash Residencies program offers flexible grants of space at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres for ACT based artists working on bold new music and performance projects that are currently not supported by a grant or other funding.

The residencies are intended to be an opportunity to work on new projects, test out ideas and develop creative practice. A range of spaces are available at both Gorman Arts Centre and Ainslie Arts Centre; including black box theatres, classrooms, performance spaces and sound insulated rehearsal pods.

The program is open to artists working in all performing arts and music disciplines, broadly considered – including; theatre, dance, circus, live art, site-specific works, dance theatre, puppetry, experimental and new music, contemporary opera and interdisciplinary performance.

Applications are open year round, see the information package. Applications should be made online



Visiting Artists Program

Courtyard at Gorman Arts Centre. Photo by Andrew Sikorski.

Photo by Andrew Sikorski, 2013

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres’ Visiting Artist program offers artists the opportunity to live and work at our vibrant, heritage-listed centres. By encouraging and supporting visiting artists to undertake residencies, we support, facilitate and stimulate arts development and creative practice in the ACT while providing visiting artists the space and time to reflect, research, present and produce artistic work in a unique environment.

For more information on our Visiting Artist Program, including how to apply, please click here. To see current and past visiting artists, please click here.

Events and Festivals

Photo: Andrew Sikorski

Discover independent publishers, watch experimental art or relax in our courtyards listening to poetry; at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre we host a wide range of events and festivals. In addition to our year-long program of events, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres are also home to the Canberra International Music Festival (at Ainslie) and You Are Here (at Gorman).

“Programming specifically for Gorman Arts Centre has been a real joy, as the rich sense of history and relaxed atmosphere offers something unique amongst any of the spaces we’ve used in the past.”

Nick Delatovic – Producer, You Are Here Festival.

Courses and Workshops

Image: Adam Thomas

At Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres you can find a wide variety of classes, workshops, courses and seminars.

Join our resident artists and arts organisations to learn a new skill, try something different or participate in a master class. Whether you would like to learn how to play the violin or how to make one, fire glass beads, or write a novel, we have the right course or workshop for you.

Your event at Ainslie and Gorman

Photo courtesy of Canberra Youth Theatre.

Located in the heart of the city in the dynamic suburb of Braddon, Ainslie and Gorman are twin arts centres located within 500 metres from one another. Both heritage listed centres offer unique and exciting venue opportunities for arts activities, conferences and more.

For more information about our venues, including their technical specifications, please visit our Venue Hire page.