The Australian Centre for Photography

Established in 1973, the ACP opened the doors of its first gallery in Paddington Street, in 1974. In 1981 the Centre moved to Oxford Street where it remains today. It is now Australia's longest running contemporary art space. It is the ACP's mission to promote and enrich the understanding of photo-based art in Australia and this is achieved through a dynamic mix of exhibition, education and publication. In its blend of activities and range of photographic media, the Centre is unique in Australia. ACP opened a Workshop in 1976. Originally in a separate building, this is now housed within the Centre in Oxford Street and includes black and white and colour darkroom facilities, a digital workstation, lighting studio and research library. In 1983 ACP launched the journal Photofile, which is now the leading photo-based art magazine in Australia. A book, The Photo Files, containing a selection of writing from the previous two decades of the magazine was published in 1999. Currently located in the heart of Paddington, Sydney's gallery district, ACP houses two exhibition spaces; a foyer display area and a newly launched Project Wall for emerging artists; an extensive workshop with comprehensive curriculum and public access facilities; a specialist bookshop; research library; and a stylish cafe, Bistro Lulu. The ACP is a not-for-profit organisation, funded jointly by the Australia Council, the federal government's arts funding and advisory body, and the New South Wales Ministry for the Arts. The ACP raises more than two thirds of its revenue from non-government sources.


Temporary exhibitions and outsourced work