The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) plays an inspirational and critical role investing in our artistic and wider communities, leading the cultural conversation and setting the agenda for contemporary art.
ACCA was established in 1983 and moved in 2002 to a purpose-built, award-winning architectural building designed by Wood Marsh at the heart of the Melbourne Arts Precinct. This consolidated ACCA’s position as a leading centre for contemporary art and a beloved platform for our diverse community of local, regional, national and international artists, curators, audiences, colleagues and collaborators.
ACCA has a long and celebrated history investing in, nurturing and propelling the careers of contemporary artists by supporting them to make new, risk-taking and experimental work that challenges our thinking, encourages new perspectives, and connects and resonates with diverse communities.
We work directly with leading Australian and international artists to commission new work, and produce ambitious exhibitions, publications and digital initiatives, supported by a dynamic series of inclusive and accessible education, outreach and public programs that encourage community engagement and debate, and inspire meaningful participation, cultural belonging and exchange.
ACCA’s programs are characterised by their depth of engagement, impact and transformative potential. Experimentation thrives at ACCA, as we embrace new art and ideas, and inspiring, challenging and urgent conversations.We support artists to push the boundaries of their practice and audiences to share in the appreciation and creation of contemporary art and cultural belonging.
ACCA acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woiwurrung people as sovereign custodians of the land on which we work and welcome visitors, along with the neighbouring Boonwurrung, Bunurong, and wider Kulin Nations. We acknowledge their longstanding and continuing care for Country and we recognise First Peoples art and cultural practice has been thriving here for millennia. We extend our respect to ancestors and Elders past and present, and to all First Nations people.