Our Purpose

To cultivate  spaces that amplify the impacts of a multi-disciplinary arts community.

Our Vision

A safe, inclusive and sustainable arts ecosystem that inspires relevant critical dialogue and harnesses the transformative nature of the arts.

Gorman Courtyard with people

About Ainslie+Gorman

Ainslie Arts Centre and Gorman Arts Centre are iconic heritage-listed ACT Government-owned facilities managed by Arts Capital Limited (ACN 639 255 815), a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.

Ainslie Arts Centre is the go-to hub for community and youth music vibes, offering spaces where rehearsals, jam sessions and live gigs come to life. Nestled just a stone’s throw from Lonsdale Street, its historic rooms serve a medley of artistic and community endeavors beyond music.

Gorman Arts Centre, on the other hand, is a historical gem repurposed for the artsy crowd. It’s where Canberra’s seasoned creatives and emerging talents converge, offering everything from cozy performance nooks and dance studios to a gallery buzzing with innovation. A quick hop from the Canberra Centre Mall, Gorman is a creative sanctuary supporting a diverse tapestry of art forms, all in the same house.

Our History

Arts Capital Ltd. is established as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and receives its registered charity status.

Gorman House Arts Centre Inc. (GHAC) transitioned to a company limited by guarantee.

GHAC takes over management of the Ainslie Arts Centre, a dedicated music hub.

Gorman House Community Arts Centre Inc. is established to manage Gorman House as a multi-disciplinary arts centre.

The Ainslie Public School is constructed and “Hostel No. 3” is renamed “Gorman House” after Commissioner Clarence Gorman.

Construction commences on “Hostel No. 3”.