Our gallery regularly showcases the varied talents of local and regional contemporary artists, with new exhibitions to see every month across the Centre.Plan your visit to Belconnen Arts Centre Inc and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Canberra tour itinerary maker tool .
Feeling creative? Enrol in one of our popular creative workshops, or find your inner rhythm in our dance studio, there are different classes every night. Keep an eye on our website for regular community events, markets and festivals.
Belconnen Arts Centre prides itself on its accessible programs and venue so swing by, be inspired and enjoy what’s on offer at your local Arts Centre.
Belconnen Arts Centre Inc Reviews
The true heart of Belconnen, this art centre emanated welcome and approachability to the non-artist. The folk working here really live and love their art, readily approachable and able to give backgro... more »
In my previous review a couple of years ago I highlighted that the value of the place, and hence my rating, will vary depending upon what’s showing. Today the open area had an eclectic mix of small wo... more »
In 1997 the Belconnen community first began meeting to explore the idea of having an arts and cultural centre for the north west of Canberra, given the area was by then well established and populated with educational, government and growing businesses. By 1999, the ACT Government began consultations on its Territory wide Cultural Plan presenting the opportunity for the community to once again present ideas for a cultural centre and from this establishing a group, mainly of artists but also other community members. By this time, the Tuggeranong Arts Centre had been built and it was clear that the ACT was emerging as a strong artistic community with practitioners recognized nationally and internationally. The Australian National University’s School of Art was producing many professional artists and musicians who were and are still leaving Canberra in order to make their professional arts life sustainable. The main institutions such as the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery and the National Theatre had been established but were not necessarily featuring ACT artists. Various arts based organisations were growing the demand for arts facilities and spaces to operate from. Out of this demand grew the Gorman House Arts Centre, Megalo Print Workshop, ANCA gallery and workshops and Watson Arts Centre for the Canberra Potters Society. The Street Theatre was built to provide a venue for developing and presenting local professional theatre and the inner City Arts Precinct began to emerge by 2005. The national growth of community arts centres serving broader communities has also increased significantly over the past fifteen years, a trend that has been creating demand for arts activities and access by local communities across the country. Throughout this time, Belconnen Community Service also grew the arts programs they were offering including the development of exhibitions in their small gallery space at the Community Centre curated by various guest curators and coordinators. The theatre also grew the program of activities and took on a major new initiative through the employment of a Community Arts Officer funded by the ACT Government. It was the work of Jan Wawrcencak (dec.) that assisted greatly in the development plans for the new arts centre. Jan could clearly identify the unmet needs of the Belconnen community and how these might be serviced. The Belconnen Arts Centre has been developed through a program of consultation in 2004 and subsequently through the input of two specially-established advisory groups which include representation from local arts and community stakeholders. The construction of the building has arisen from a clearly identified need to provide an arts facility for the Belconnen community to meet unmet needs in the area and for arts practise in the ACT in general.
Excellent facility for both fine and performing arts. Modern and upmarket building with great facilities, including gallery and dance/drama studio spaces. Magnificent location overlooking the lake and close to free/inexpensive parking. Have used and visited this space for both fine and performing arts events, and this venue excels.
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