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About our Program

The Tanks Arts Centre and Botanic Gardens precinct is unique. No other facility in the world presents to the creative mind the same palette of physical, historical, cultural and environmental attributes. The Visual Arts Program is designed to stimulate a creative response to these attributes from artists, communities and visitors.

Artworks and projects produced and presented at The Tanks and Botanic Gardens often interpret and respond to the precinct, and reflect the city of Cairns and the people who live here, our cultures, our environment, our place in the region and our relationship with the rest of the world.

Our Visual Arts Program welcomes initiatives by artists and community groups to develop projects that utilise the venue in innovative and interesting ways, particularly through collaborations and partnerships.

Tanks Arts Centre Residency Program incorporates visual arts, music, writing, performance, multimedia and community cultural development for short and long term projects that have a connection to, or presentation outcome at, Tanks.