The ACT Government supports a thriving arts community which celebrates both our new and emerging creators and internationally renowned artists. This year we have boosted funding to upgrade and strengthen local arts facilities, ensuring more Canberrans and visitors can experience the creativity of the Capital region.

We are already delivering $879,000 a year in grants to local artists and $230,000 supporting local arts events such as Art Not Apart and DESIGN Canberra.

Our 12 unique arts venues showcase local, national and international talent, and our 25 local government-funded arts organisations ensure people from all walks of life, particularly those that experience barriers or disadvantage, can participate in the arts.

Expanding community arts

Community arts centres bring together creative minds of all ages and abilities, and give everyone the opportunity to explore their creative potential.

Delivering on a 2016 election commitment, works are underway on a $15 million upgrade of the Belconnen Arts Centre, including the addition of a new performance space, dance studio, community kitchen and café. Construction works are set to be completed by mid-2020.

Our performing arts

More than 264,000 people went to 474 performances at the Canberra Theatre Centre last year. This includes 11,500 students from 297 schools.

Together, the Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra Museum and Gallery, and our historic places have welcomed 537,000 visitors last year.

The Budget also provides for conservation works of key heritage sites, including Lanyon Homestead, Calthorpe’s House, & Mugga Mugga.

$137  million over 4 years supporting the arts

in this budget: An additional $700,000 over two years to support the expansion of the Belconnen Arts Centre, $350,000 upgrade pf Canberra Museum and Gallery, $1.5 million to update the Canberra theatre amd $1.2 million to plan for a new theatre complex.


Arts factsheet (pdf 488.3 KB)