Visual Arts

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.

Plantscape: Spirit of the Tropics

Mon 26 Feb - Mon 26 Mar

A contemporary floral designs display.
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Mixed Blood - Contemporary Indigenous Cultural Expression

Fri 30 Mar - Sun 15 Apr

“Mixed Blood symbolises how the Indigenous people of Cairns today have such a dynamic, rich and varied Indigenous heritage.
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Artists of the North - Cairns Art Society

Fri 27 Apr - Sun 13 May

Annually the Cairns Art Society gathers together its members and other artists from Far North Queensland and presents the best of their art in one of the largest group ex...
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Donna Davis - Unseen

Fri 25 May - Thu 14 Jun

Donna Davis navigates the intersection between art and science to develop works that capture and create sites of ecological observation.
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Ecological Field Trip & Art Workshop

Sat 26 May

Take a field trip in the gardens to learn how to document and identify species using photography and the digital field application iNaturalist.
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Artist's and Scientist's Talk

Sat 2 Jun

Join artist, Donna Davis and ecologist, Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher to hear them discuss some of the artistic and scientific concepts behind the works in the Unseen exhib...
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Cairns ARTescape 2018 - Winter School in the Tropics - Cairns Art Society

Mon 18 Jun - Fri 22 Jun

Cairns ARTescape offers a five day program of concentrated workshops with some of Australia’s leading tutors, all highly esteemed in their respective fields.
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