Melbourne – Australian Centre For Contemporary Art

Melbourne – Australian Centre For Contemporary Art

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) is a great tourist attraction in Melbourne. It is the leading art gallery for contemporary art in all of Melbourne. If you visit the city, you should not miss a visit to ACCA. In this article, we will tell you more about this contemporary art gem.


The thing that will immediately attract you about the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is its design. The rust-red steel building of the Center is very unique and is considered to be one of Melbourne’s most prized architectural pieces. The building was designed by local architectural firm Wood Marsh. So, when you are in Melbourne, the ACCA is well worth the visit for the outside alone!


Things to See at the ACCA Melbourne


If you visit the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, you will see that it displays the works of quite a number of living local and international artists. Some of the past exhibitions in ACCA displayed works of art by artists such as David Harley, Laressa Kosloff, Nathan Gray and Viv Miller, just to name a few. The ACCA acts as an independent gallery. They act as an exhibition space rather than building their own collection.


Activities at the ACCA Melbourne


If you visit the ACCA, you will be able to participate in many enjoyable activities. For the beginners, there are floor talks that are held on a regular basis. Often special guest speakers lead these talks. So, if you have passion for arts, it will give you the opportunity to learn more about the artists, such as where they get their inspiration.


Activities for Children


You can visit the centre with your children. The ACCA hosts a wonderful program for children called Contemporary Kids. Children, who participate in this program, get to be involved in a wide number of fun activities that let them interact with the exhibits. During one of these sessions, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art will have the children go on a treasure hunt, which all the children enjoy tremendously! It is mainly built around an exhibit called The Water Hole which was created by Swiss artists Jorg Lenzlinger and Gerda Steiner.


Some more Attractions at the ACCA


There are also some more attractions at ACCA. ACCA offers a really neat program called Art In Your Ear. It will allow you to borrow an iPod that contains sound files related to whatever exhibition the visitor is planning on viewing. The program is a free service that the museum offers. The Art In Your Ear program will definitely enrich your experience at the museum by making it more enjoyable, interactive and educational.


When to visit


You can visit the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art from Tuesdays through to Fridays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, weekends and holidays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Mondays are by appointment only. The ACCA is closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday. You can find the ACCA Melbourne at 111 Sturt Street on Southbank. By the by, price is not a reason to avoid the ACCA as it is always free of charge!


So, whether you are a visitor or a local, you will enjoy a visit to this great Melbourne tourist attraction. If you are an art lover, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is definitely worth your time!


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Contemporary Art Gallery Melbourne

Contemporary Art Gallery Melbourne

Australian art takes two forms – Aboriginal and Colonial. Any art collection depends on the taste of the individual collector but to have a rounded collection of Australian artwork, it would be a good idea to try and cover all historical bases.

Some of Australia’s most prolific colonial artists have risen from Victoria. The era just after the European settlement saw contemporary art in Australia go from a ‘European sense of light’ to ‘Australian sense of light’. The stylization changes ever so slightly so inflections of each European country can still be seen yet the subject matter starts to change and focus on the new and undiscovered land. It started with very heavily focused natural art – the new raw fresh countryside attracted a lot of naturally themed works of art from many new settler artists. Contemporary Art Gallery Melbourne captures these images and the development that follows.

As the settlers began to explore, the very early nature-based works of art became more focused on discoveries. The images began to focus heavily on natural discovery images, more rugged landscape and of course the aboriginals themselves. The Jackman Gallery Stockroom has a variety of images which show this transformation. From here art exhibitions began to become more and more popular – this could be because there was something now new and original to discover. The people in the towns and camps were intrigued by life outside of the settlement.

When the 20th century was reached we began to see the rise of Australian born artists, those who had lived their whole lives in the country and had no first hand memories of being elsewhere. It was over this period of time that style really developed and contemporary Australian art began what we know it today. It is this work that is mainly on show at the Contemporary Art Gallery Melbourne in The Jackman Gallery. Sculpture also began to rise in popularity and artists such as Bertram Mackennal, who was born in Melbourne, became iconic figures – he was famous for designing the coinage and stamps bearing the likeness of George V of the United Kingdom.