Visual Arts & Residencies

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.


Ian Hance - Kitschgrotesque

Fri 14 Dec - Sun 20 Jan
Free

Kitschgrotesque addresses several questions concerning the concepts of humour as they pertain to the psyche of the population of the tropical north.
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Lynette Shaw - Scenes From My Youth

Fri 14 Dec - Sun 20 Jan
Free

Lynette Shaw’s debut solo exhibition of works on paper and paintings references her familial heritage of generations lived in Cairns and on the Atherton Tablelands.
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The Age of Enjoyment - Oak Tree Art Group

Fri 14 Dec - Sun 20 Jan
Free

Is The Age of Enjoyment an era in which we live, or an age in years? It can be either, or both.
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Alex Hiatt - Relationships On Paper

Fri 14 Dec - Sun 20 Jan
Free

Alex Hiatt is an emerging artist with an astonishingly prolific output of work for one so young.
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Mitchell Burns - A Panaromic Vision

Fri 1 Feb - Sun 24 Feb
Free

In A Panoramic Vision, Mitchell Burns shares the rewards of his patience, his years of learning and his many expeditions to striking locations around Australia.
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Charlie Drew - Different Minds and Other Creatures

Fri 1 Feb - Sun 24 Feb
Free

Inspired by monsters, mythological beasts and extinct species, Charlie Drew reimagines and hybridises to create new creature forms.
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Cairns Artistic Photography - Social Shoot Soiree Series

Fri 1 Feb - Sun 24 Feb
Free

The series is a unique and artsy skills exchange, merging themes from native Australian and Islander regions with Asian and European provinces.
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Robert and Tao Delves + One

Wed 6 Feb - Thu 21 Mar

Father-daughter duo, Robert and Tao Delves undertake a six-week residency at the Tanks, practicing and teaching techniques in drawing and painting onto slip cast ceramics...
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Artists of the North - Cairns Art Society

Fri 5 Apr - Sun 21 Apr
Free

Gathering its members and other artists from North Queensland, in one of the largest group exhibitions in the Cairns cultural calendar, Cairns Art Society presents their ...
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