Programs

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres is an independent contemporary community arts centre. Our core creative program spans across all art-forms, with a focus on music and performance as well as experimental and emerging arts practices. We present a range of programs designed to support artists to grow meaningful and sustainable practices as well as public programs that provide unique cultural opportunities for our community.

We also work in partnership with our resident organisations, supporting them to deliver innovative programs in a wide range of artforms including dance, visual arts, writing, music and theatre. We also host artists working across a range of disciplines including visual arts, dance, music production, comic illustration, photography and more.

Discover more about our resident artists and arts organisations.

Our support extends to our broader community, offering our unique heritage venues for hire, with supported rates for arts and not for profit groups. We build strong collaborative relationships with creatives who use our venues through the provision of high-quality production and marketing support.

From art parties and festivals, performance works, and gigs and concerts, through to artist development forums and critical conversations, come and be surprised.

See what’s on.

Photo: Adam Thomas

Creative Producers’ Welcome

Hi, we’re Adelaide and Rochelle – we are the creative producers at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres. We’re always excited to hear from local artists and creatives in our community and we would love to hear from you! So, get in touch to introduce yourself, and how we might be able to support you and your creative practice.

We acknowledge that contacting arts organisations and their staff can be intimidating or challenging for some artists – we’re working on changing this, so give us a call, we will sit and have a coffee and a conversation with any artists who wants to know more about us and our programs. You can also read more about our team here http://www.agac.com.au/about/staff/

Photo: Art Atelier Photography

2020 Program

Our 2020 program explores our role as a good neighbour in our community, and our Centres as the neighbourhood’s backyard.

Our neighbourhood backyard is open to everyone, acknowledging the collective custodianship of these beloved publicly owned spaces. We will continue to initiate invitations and cultivate a sense of welcome into our creative community.

As a neighbour we commit to being part of a whole of community approach to wellbeing. We exist to support creative endeavor, artistic cross-fertilisation, exploration and experimentation – fostering new ways to think about the world and how we might care for and share it.

We seek to learn from and help shape our community as a necessary part of a healthy, thriving Bush Capital. We will also model being a good neighbour through a commitment to decolonisation, meaningful inclusion, and environmental sustainability in the face of ecological and climate change. In our backyard there are more opportunities to meet and learn from each other, to co-create a culture of openness, respect, imagination and resilience – where we listen and then respond.

Image: Lorna Sim. Courtesy of Strange Attractor

Artist’s Toolkit

Artist’s Toolkit supports ACT based artists to develop and maintain sustainable, fulfilling careers in the arts. Running from January – July 2020, the Artist’s Toolkit Program offers:

  • open public workshops on topics including setting goals, grants and opportunities, marketing, community engagement and environmental sustainability
  • small group workshops for artists who experience barriers to pursuing meaningful and sustainable arts careers
  • one-on-one Toolkit Chats with a member of A+G’s creative team

This program will prioritise artists who identify as LGBTIQ+, have lived experience of disability or mental health issues, are under the age of 25 and/or are from a culturally or linguistically diverse background. We are excited to partner with you in your creative journey.

More information about the program is available here http://www.agac.com.au/event/artist-toolkit/

Children and adults playing together under large sheet

Photo: Art Atelier Photography

Kids x Art Residency

Kids x Art Residency will take place across 10 months in 2020. This residency program offers an ACT-based or connected artist the opportunity to develop or extend their practice in working with children and their families.

The resident will have access to a full-time workspace and engage closely with our Creative Producer team for support and on project planning for the duration of the program. The resident will receive a small stipend and have access to our marketing support and the opportunity to present public programs.

For more information and how to apply here http://www.agac.com.au/event/kids-x-art-residency/

Photo: Art Atelier Photography

Live Art Lab

Live Art Lab: Creative Development Residency Program supports ACT based or connected artists in the development of original works that can be described as ‘live art’. Running from March – November 2020, the program will offer creative development opportunities for up to three artists/group collaborations for ACT-based or connected artists. With in-kind support, mentoring and artist fees, this program will connect artists to our creative community and give them access to spaces, creative input from practicing Arts professionals and the chance to develop those wild ideas.

For more information and how to apply here http://www.agac.com.au/event/live-art-lab/

On Creative Communities and Urban Renewal: image by Bryony Jackson.

Affordable Arts Access Scheme

This scheme supports artists and projects who need affordable or in-kind access to space for short term development, rehearsal and other creative activities. The program acknowledges the financial barriers artists face to developing new work, particularly in the early or transitional stages. A range of spaces are available for use through this program.

For further information, please email our Program Manager, Adelaide via adelaide@agac.com.au or call 6182 0000.

Photo: Shelly higgs

Disability Inclusion Access Plan

In 2019, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres embarked on a cooperative project with 6 of our Resident Organisations, including Canberra Youth Theatre, Music for Canberra, Pro Musica (who present the Canberra International Music Festival), Ausdance ACT, ACT Writer’s Centre, and Canberra Contemporary Art Spaces. With the mentorship of Accessible Arts NSW, we worked independently and collaboratively to enhance accessibility and inclusion outcomes through Awareness Training sessions and the drafting a Disability Inclusion Action Plan for the arts centres, and for each organisation.

In 2020, this process continues with the aim of publishing and enacting our plan from 2020 – 2022.

Photo: Art Atelier Photography

Visiting Artist Program

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres’ Visiting Artist program offers interstate and international artists the opportunity to live and work at our vibrant, heritage-listed centres. This program provides visiting artists with the space and time to reflect, research, present and produce artistic work in a unique environment. The program also accommodates interstate and international artists working with other local arts organisations. Supported rates are available for individual artists and arts organisations.

For more information on our Visiting Artist Program, including how to apply, http://www.agac.com.au/visit-us/stay-with-us/

To see current and past visiting artists, http://www.agac.com.au/residents/visiting-artists/

In 2020, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres will again host the Canberra Wellington Indigenous Artist Exchange recipient who will be travelling from Wellington at the end of April and will stay through to June.

Partnerships

Express Media: Making Tracks

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres is delighted to support Express Media to present Making Tracks: Canberra, a travelling pop-up workshop series and zine publication aimed at developing the work of young writers in Australia. This workshop series provides opportunity for emerging writers to workshop their writing, create and nourish a local youth writing community, and a direct avenue to getting their work published. https://expressmedia.org.au/programs/making-tracks/

Girls Rock Canberra

A not-for-profit community arts organisation that empowers girls, trans and gender diverse young people (ages 10-17 years) through a week-long program that encourages creativity, self-expression and teamwork through music and mentorship. Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres has been a proud supporter of Girls Rock! Canberra since 2015, offering venues, producing and marketing support for 4 incredible camps so far.

Photo: Art Atelier Photography

Events and Festivals

Gorman Fridays

Gorman Fridays is the summer neighbourhood block party! Come celebrate the warmer months with live music, good food plus drink and good friends at the Gorman Arts Centre’s gorgeous heritage courtyards in one of Canberra’s oldest Art Deco buildings.

Kids Art Mornings

Kids have a natural affinity for art and creation, so let’s foster that early connection with a series of free creative activities made by Canberra contemporary artists. Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres’ Kids Play Morning workshops will provide a place for kids and their parents to play, make and connect. Light refreshments will be provided. Stay tuned for more information for activities during Term 2 and 3.

Ainslie Concert Series

In the dead of the Canberra winter the Ainslie Winter Concert Series comes alive, with music and performances from Canberra’s finest. Stay tuned to our socials for more information.

Image: Adam Thomas

Courses and Workshops

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 draw, or play the violin, make fibre glass beads, or write a novel, we have the right course or workshop for you. Have a wander through our what’s on or who’s here and be inspired to find your creative self here at Ainslie and Gorman.

Photo: Jenny Wu

Your event at Ainslie and Gorman

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, http://www.agac.com.au/space-hire/venue-hire/