Visual Arts, Exhibitions & Residencies

Tanks Arts Centre hosts a variety of local and touring exhibitions, artists´ residencies and studio activity. Tanks main exhibition space, Tank 4, is unlike a conventional, white-wall gallery and offers a unique environment in which to create and present work.

Standard opening times are 9am – 4:30pm weekdays and 10am – 2:30pm weekends and public holidays. Gallery is closed during exhibition turnovers. Please check program for exhibition dates.


Ten - Crate 59 Ten Year Anniversary

Fri 8 Nov - Sun 19 Jan
Free

Please come and celebrate one of Cairns' longest running contemporary arts groups for a night of art and music.
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Elverina Johnson - Fisher Woman Dreaming

Sat 9 Nov - Sun 19 Jan
Free

Fisher Woman Dreaming is a pictorial memoir by Elverina Johnson, and a tribute to her grandmother, Hilda Murgha (ne Fourmile).
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Kerry Lowe - Oceanlife

Fri 13 Dec - Sun 19 Jan
Free

Kerry Lowe’s first solo exhibition, Oceanlife features a kaleidoscope of tropical fish in a vibrant blue ocean, swimming through life like we all do. And just like us, al...
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Trent Griffin - Colours of My World

Fri 13 Dec - Sun 19 Jan
Free

Colours of My World is an abundance of colour and brush strokes on canvas, capturing Trent’s imagination and observations of real life, transformed into cartoon and pop i...
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Luisa Manea - Sea of Faces

Fri 31 Jan - Sun 23 Feb
Free

Luisa Manea’s portraits, for a long time, have focused largely on fashion.
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Kahli Henderson-Powell - Flightless Birds

Fri 31 Jan - Sun 23 Feb
Free

While the world we live in today can be viewed as beautiful, and at times breath-taking, in reality, the world is also cruel and merciless.
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Alissa Tyrrell - Different Encounters

Fri 31 Jan - Sun 23 Feb
Free

During Alissa Tyrrell’s last years of high school, she spent most of her break time in the art room of Trinity Bay State School, exploring the techniques she’d learned in...
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Archie Towo, Veronica Tandea & Jack Bamab Yawa Gaga - Lae City Arts

Mon 3 Feb - Sun 23 Feb
Free

This is the first time the Tanks Arts Centre will host an artist’s residency, dedicated to Lae.
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Flame 2020 | International Women's Day Exhibition

Sat 29 Feb - Tue 24 Mar
Free

FLAME is the exhibition outcome of a mentorship program to give young women experience in the professional arts industry.
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