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.

Photo: Adam Thomas

Ainslie and Gorman artistic program

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 context. For more information contact Adelaide Rief, Program Manager via An expression of interest form can also be completed here.



Image: Lorna Sim. Courtesy of Strange Attractor

Artists Toolkit

Artists Toolkit provides ongoing support for artists, helping them to plan for and expand their practice, and maximize their ability to secure funding and other r with a focus on the options available in the ACT.

With various workshops and consultations, this initiative is  is part of an ongoing relationship with artsACT designed to help ACT based artists develop their practice and access funding.

More info here. 


Children and adults playing together under large sheet

SUMMER REVEL, 2018. Image by Andrew Sikorski

Disability Inclusion Planning Project

This is a cooperative project between Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres (AGAC) and 6 of our Resident Organisations, to enhance accessibility and inclusion outcomes by working collaboratively to create a Disability Inclusion Action Plan for the arts centres as a whole, and for each organisation separately. The organisations are: Canberra Youth Theatre, ACT Writer’s Centre, Music for Canberra, Pro Musica (who present the Canberra International Music Festival), Ausdance ACT and Canberra Contemporary Art Spaces.

More info here.


Gorman Arts Centre. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Visiting Artists Program

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.


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

Ralph Indie program

The Ralph Indie Development Program at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres (A+G) supports ACT based or ACT connected artists in the development of original performance works. The program response to the significant need for performance making artists in the ACT for support to develop new works and make connections to professional mentorship. Between July and December in 2019, the Ralph Indie Development Program will be offering up to 5 artists or groups up to 40 hours of venue in-kind support up to the value of $2500, as well as a suite of other opportunities dependent on the needs of the project. See here for the 2019 program recipients.

The Ralph Indie program is proudly supported by JWLand


Ahead of the Game Workshop, 2019, Photo: Rebecca Worth

Ahead of the Game: CLUBSCORE

Four artists met and spent a week in residence together in August, in the Ralph Wilson Theatre at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres. Born out of this week long intensive is CLUBSCORE, with its origin story in ‘Ahead of the Game’ initiated by creative producer Adelaide Rief.

They explored the many intersections between the identity and experiences of LGBTIQ+ peoples and the culture of sport in Australia.
CLUBSCORE is an artistic exploration by Tristan Meecham (All the Queens Men), Angus McGrath, Emma McManus and Zev Aviv. Now reaching its final development stage, the CLUBSCORE project will be creating and experimenting to present a new Queer sport! The exact details of CLUBSCORE will soon emerge so stay tuned for where and when you will be able to witness the outcome of this process driven art work.

Commissioned by Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres in association with SpringOUT Festival, the AIDS Action Council, A Gender Agenda and All the Queens Men. This project is supported by the ArtsACT
Read more here.

Haig Park Experiments

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres is part of a consortium with University of Canberra, Tait Network and Dionysus delivering a major place-making project in Haig Park on behalf of the City Renewal Authority and the ACT Government. The Haig Park Experiments project will trial a range of temporary events, activities and light-touch park improvements to create meaning connections to the park for surrounding residents and all Canberrans. For more information visit the website:


Image: Andrew Sikorski

Events and Festivals

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.



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 play the violin or how to make one, fire glass beads, or write a novel, we have the right course or workshop for you.


Photo: Andrew Sikorski

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, please visit our Venue Hire page.