The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) is a national centre of excellence in the exhibition, education and publication of photography. With four decades of experience, it is the longest running contemporary art space in Australia.
The ACP is a not-for-profit organisation, assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Since 2004, ACP has been supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.
"The Australian Centre for Photography was established in 1973 as one of the world’s first independent galleries devoted to a medium which had, in the hands of the best artists, already bolted from both the vernacular and modernist shackles in which many seemed either oblivious or happy for it to remain bound". - Pedro de Almeida, Program Manager, Gallery 4A
ACP was established in 1973 as a place where photographers could exhibit their work and learn about the best in current practice, both nationally and internationally. ACP opened its first gallery in Paddington Street, Paddington in 1974 and a workshop facility in a former bakery in 1976. In 1981, the Centre moved to its current location on Oxford Street, Paddington when the gallery and workshop were combined under a single management. Photofile began publication in 1983, first as a community newspaper transforming to a theory journal and finally into a magazine of contemporary photomedia and ideas.
In 2004, ACP became a major recipient under the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy when it was identified as one of the leadership organisations in Australian contemporary visual culture.
ACP’s exhibitions have played an important role in identifying and promoting major artists of Australian photography. ACP has a strong history of supporting emerging artists, with many becoming renowned photographic artists.
The ACP initiated the first major retrospectives of work by photographers such as Max Dupain, Olive Cotton and Merv Bishop, and organised the early public displays of photographs by Bill Henson, Tracey Moffatt, William Yang and Trent Parke. The Centre has also presented works by international photography artists such as Bernd & Hilla Becher, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Larry Clark, Joan Fontcuberta, Nan Goldin, Roni Horn, George Platt Lynes, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Duane Michals, Pierre Molinier, Erwin Olaf, Martin Parr, Man Ray, Cindy Sherman, Wolfgang Tillmans and William Wegman.
Alongside the exhibitions, the ACP offers a program of events which engage participants with the ideas, themes and techniques behind the artworks. These programs include artist talks, panel discussions, informal slide nights, public master classes and guided tours.
National and International Touring
Many ACP exhibitions tour, both nationally and internationally. Exhibitions have toured to North America, Europe and Asia. The majority of the Centre's touring exhibitions are shown in regional art galleries, contemporary art spaces, libraries and community venues across Australia and New Zealand.
Since 1976 the ACP has operated workshop facilities for the community. The Centre currently offers its members access to digital imaging facilities, a black & white darkroom and film processing and a fully equipped lighting studio.
The ACP runs over 100 courses for 3,000 students annually. The courses cover many different levels, from basic camera and processing skills to specialist classes in subjects such as architectural photography, documentary practice, portraiture and fashion. Our education program has a reputation for excellence in teaching. Courses are conducted by a team of over 20 experienced tutors, each a respected figure in the photographic industry.
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Begun as a small community newspaper in 1983 and most recently seen as a large-format magazine, Photofile has grown to reflect the shifting forms and contexts of photography.
Exquisitely designed and employing all that is excellent in writing, editing and production, the new Photofile will imaginatively ponder photography’s past, present and future in ways that will surprise, stimulate and illuminate.
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The Australian Centre for Photography is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments, the NSW Government through Arts NSW and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
The Australian Centre for Photography is a member of the following organisations: