Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is the number one art gallery for contemporary art in all of Melbourne.

Its rust-red steel building is very unique and is considered to be one of Melbourne’s most prized architectural pieces.

It was designed by local architectural firm Wood Marsh.

When you are in Melbourne, the ACCA is well worth the visit.

ACCA Exhibitions

The ACCA Melbourne showcases the works of quite a number of living artists, both local and international. Some of their past exhibitions have displayed works of art by artists such as David Harley, Laressa Kosloff, Nathan Gray and Viv Miller, just to name a few. The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art acts as an independent gallery. This means that they act as an exhibition space rather than building their own collection.

ACCA Activities

There are many enjoyable activities that one can participate in at the ACCA. For starters, there are floor talks that are held on a regular basis. Often they will have special guest speakers leading these talks, such as one of their new artists. This gives you the opportunity to learn more about the artists, such as where they get their inspiration from.

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They also host a wonderful program for children called Contemporary Kids. Children that 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 had the children go on a treasure hunt, which all the children enjoyed tremendously! This activity was built around an exhibit called The Water Hole which was created by Swiss artists Jorg Lenzlinger and Gerda Steiner.

Also, the ACCA offers a really neat program called Art In Your Ear. This program allows museum visitors to borrow an iPod that contains sound files related to whatever exhibition the visitor is planning on viewing. Art In Your Ear is a free service that the museum offers and one that can really enrich your experience at the museum by making it more enjoyable, interactive and educational.

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, weekends and holidays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm as well as Mondays by appointment only.

They are also open on public holidays with the exception of Christmas Day and Good Friday.

You can find the ACCA Melbourne at 111 Sturt Street on Southbank.

Price is not a reason to avoid the ACCA as it is always free of charge!

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Things To Do
With the Kids: Three Melbourne Zoos | Puffing Billy | Melbourne Aquarium
Shopping: Queen Victoria Market
Museums/Galleries: Melbourne Museum | National Gallery of Victoria | Ian Potter Centre | Victoria Police Museum | Immigration Museum Melbourne | Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) | Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) | Cook’s Cottage (Fitzroy Gardens)
Going Out / Nightlife: Bars/Pubs | Restaurants | Wine Bars | Crown Casino | Arts Centre Melbourne
Other Things To Do: Eureka Tower | Rialto Tower