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Centre of Contemporary Arts
Centre of Contemporary Arts
Centre of Contemporary Arts
Centre of Contemporary Arts
Map of Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns
96 Abbott Street
Queensland 4870 Australia

Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns
Cairns, Cairns Area

Free Entry

07 4050 9401


The Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns is a significant site of arts infrastructure developed by the Queensland Government and operated by Arts Queensland.

It comprises two performance based venues, the JUTE Theatre (248 seat black box theatre) and The Space, (a large flexible open performance and rehearsal space), two international standard A-class galleries, a gallery shop, an artists studio, meeting facilities, and office accommodation for small to medium funded companies JUTE Theatre Company and KickArts Contemporary Arts.

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The Centre also provides a home for End Credits Film Club which presents non-mainstream cinema, as well as space and support for the Indigenous Performing Arts Circle - a collective of professional indigenous performing artists based in the Cairns Region.

By facilitating innovative partnerships, the centre seeks to support, develop and present the finest in contemporary arts practice in the Far North. The Centre is unique in being the only State Government funded centre of contemporary arts located outside a capital city, and demonstrates the Queensland Government's commitment to developing contemporary arts in regional centres, and specifically in Far North Queensland.

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Property Details


  • Access With Assistance for the Disabled
    Assisted Access
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Parking for the Disabled
    Disabled Parking
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
    Disabled toilet

Open Times

Note: Open 1000 to 1700 every day except closed on Monday and Sunday. Closed Public Holidays, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Other Information

Children are welcome.

Disabled facilities are available on-site.

General Comments

The Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns is a dynamic and versatile destination for visitors to the region and locals alike. It boasts unique facilities such as a fully retractable seated theatre which allows hirers to hold events from theatre performances to workshops, seminars and conferences. Additional unique spaces are also available for hire and are ideal for exhibitions, film screenings, small performances, rehearsals and more.

Enquire about their venue hire options and packages or simply check out the variety of exciting events continually evolving at the Centre.

How To Get There

The Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns can be found at 96 Abbott Street (on the corner of Abbott and Florence Streets). The Centre is located within the City Centre of Cairns, a short stroll one block back from the Esplanade, near popular Aplin Street.

You cannot miss the Centre of Contemporary Arts thanks to local artist Sophie Cadman's five colourful life size jelly baby sculptures. Just ask any taxi driver to take you to the home of the giant jelly babies. The Building was the former Department of Main Roads and has been completely transformed to accommodate the Centre's activities with generous air-conditioned and unique facilities.

Free Entry

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