About us

Tanks Arts Centre is a business unit of Cairns Regional Council, in the Cultural Services Branch.  Situated in the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct, just 4km north of the city’s CBD, the centre is an iconic and innovative multi-use, contemporary arts facility housed in three converted World War 2 naval oil storage tanks, and set amidst a lush rainforest backdrop.

Tanks combines two main functions, that of a ‘presenter’ organisation offering a range of arts and cultural events and activities to a wide audience, and a community cultural development organisation which aims to proactively engage local communities in cultural expression and participation.

Council purchased the land on which the Tanks stands in 1991 to address the community's need for more arts space and associated facilities.