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.


Rusty's Botanica - An Exhibition of Botanical Art & Craft

Wed 9 May - Sun 03 Jun
Free

The seed for Rusty’s Botanica was sown when Julie McEnerny realised that many of her workshop participants pursued other creative pastimes. They were invited to exhibit ...
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Spices of Cairns Exhibition

Wed 9 May - Sun 03 Jun
Free

A visual display of spices from our region. See these amazing plants in their original form and learn how to harvest and then use them for everyday purposes.
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Donna Davis - Unseen

Fri 1 Jun - 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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Angela Meyer - Grammars of Ornament: Windows in Time

Fri 1 Jun - Thu 14 Jun
Free

In this body of work Angela Meyer is interested in identity politics, disparity and unity in historical narratives and the tropical world as a place of abundant nature an...
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Hayley McCann - Still Process

Fri 1 Jun - Thu 14 Jun
Free

‘Still Process’ is Hayley McCann’s first solo exhibition, a collection of original works using black ink and coloured pencil on paper, inspired by botanicals observed in ...
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N.Q. Weaving 2018

Fri 1 Jun - Thu 14 Jun
Free

During the exhibition and workshops the regions weavers and natural fibre crafters will showcase collaborative and interactive pieces with an emphasis on ecological and c...
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Art & Science 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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Botanica Exhibition

Tue 5 Jun - Sun 01 Jul
Free

Featuring work created by JCU Creative Media Students, this exhibition showcases the living wonderland that exists within the gardens.
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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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Pride in Authority - An Exhibition of Cultural Longevity

Fri 29 Jun - Tue 24 Jul
Free

A major highlight of CIAF’s program of satellite exhibitions stemming from a collaboration between CIAF and three remote Aboriginal communities: Aurukun, Pormpuraaw and B...
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Inkmasters Print Exhibition 2018 by Inkmasters Cairns

Fri 27 Jul - Sun 19 Aug
Free

The fourth biennial InkFest print exhibition features print-based works by regional, national and international artists.
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