Author Archives: canberracontemporaryartspace

March 20


In a million years we never, ever thought there would be a social pages post that focuses on “social distancing” ! Or that there could even be such a thing. All this of course is set around the 1 – 1.5 meters we should stay apart while the Corona Virus wreaks havoc throughout the world. […]

March 06


    The first cab of the rank at CCAS Manuka each year is an exhibition curated by our intern from Art History and Curatorship ANU School of Art and Design. This year we are proud to open with the fabulous Sophia Halloway who has explored concepts of negative space through the work of Cathy […]

December 14


  Its Canberra’s worst kept secret but this is the first time you have it from the horse’s mouth: after 32 years at Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres (A+GAC) the time has come for Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS) to move on. Our departure will invigorate and strengthen both organisations making way for exciting new […]

November 29


To say that this show is not what you might expect is an understatement. In fact it comes as a bit of a shock. Katy Mutton, Timothy Pauszek and Stedman Watts have got together and produced a poignant show about loss from three very different perspectives. Each artist explores their personal experience in a very […]

November 15


  Belle Palmer had strong support from family and friends for the opening of [ INSERT TITLE HERE ] at CCAS Manuka last night. This exhibition includes a number of the drawing experiments that Belle is well known for an a couple of her famously inventive drawing machines which we have videos of. Belle’s not […]

November 14

mata ! mata & OBJECTS OF EMPATHY

mata! mata is extremely topical right now. Capturing the flaming zeitgeist that currently rages throughout Australia it references the recent burning of large tracts of forest in the Amazon Basin and the threat to Brazil’s Indigenous peoples who are the traditional custodians. Mata is a Portuguese homonym meaning both forest and kill. During his time in […]

October 31


Its a day that we all look forward to, especially if its hot, and it will be. It is this Saturday 2 November and its the  AIDS Action Council Canberra Fair Day which will be held in the fragrant grounds of Ainslie+Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. Fair Day is Canberra’s boldest showcase of […]

October 11


Done up like dogs dinners and lips pursed, we set out for the opening of Women in Vogue: Celebrating Sixty Years in Australia at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia last night. Arriving on the NPG concourse we discover that everyone is dressed to the nines and posing on a red carpet before a wall […]

September 27


Free spirit Tania Vrancic is currently showing her latest endeavour, Freedom, at CCAS Manuka. Tania says that she has been exploring the idea of freedom in her work for a while and this means getting into a zone where inhibitions, preconceived ideas and and expectations have been shown the door. Music has been a big influence […]

September 25


Friday 20 September and CCAS joined the #GlobalClimateStrike in both Canberra and Brisbane. An estimated 35-40,000 people took to the streets of Queensland’s capital and 15,000 in the National Capital joining millions throughout Australia and the world. Judging from Instagram there was an impressive turnout from Canberra’s arts organisations who took time out to support […]