Campbelltown Arts Centre - Art Collector

Brett Graham, Mihaia, 2010, from Towards the Morning Sun, 2013. Carved mdf and found wheels. Courtesy: C-A-C and Zan Wimberley.

Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C) is a multidisciplinary arts centre committed to the support and development of contemporary arts practice within New South Wales. Opened in 2005, their focus is to develop and deliver a high quality arts program that engages the community at all levels and responds to community issues.

The C-A-C program is artist driven, and aims to inspire the region’s communities through maximising opportunities for community engagement.

The collection

The permanent collection consists of more than 1,000 works of predominately contemporary post-1950 Australian art, including paintings, original prints, drawings, sculptures and ceramics. Key focus areas include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, contemporary Australian art and historical art of regional significance.

Exhibition highlights

A selection of works by the late Joan Brassil will show from June 2015, exploring the tension between thematic and chronological respective questions. Her work with process and object allows the viewer to become the work of art. Brassil lived and worked in the Campbelltown LGA and spent a lot of time engaging and training those within the arts sector of the community.

Appin Project, opening in April 2016, coincides with the 200th anniversary of the Appin Massacre. Using this horrific event as a starting point, C-A-C has commissioned two Aboriginal curators, Tess Allas and Steven Loft, to curate an exhibition of new works that engage with themes arising from the Massacre.

Imperial Slacks, exhibiting from August 2015, explores the culturally significant Imperial Slacks gallery. The space was known as a place for experimental practice, exhibiting many artists who now lead successful careers including Shaun Gladwell, Angelica Mesiti, Emma Price, Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy, and Michael Schiavello. The exhibition is curated by Nicholas Tsoutas and Michael Dagostino, and will be presented at C-A-C and Sydney College of the Arts.

A major exhibition of new works by Mike Parr runs from September 2016 in parallel with a retrospective at the National Gallery of Australia. Parr has exhibited widely both in Australia and internationally, developing a series of work within the context of self-imposed and self-portrait.

Art awards

November 2015 marks the 53rd year of the annual Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, with prize money in excess of $40,000. The major prize is the open award and the winning artist is awarded $20,000, with the work becoming part of the centre’s permanent collection.

Visitor information

  • Cafe
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Air conditioning
  • Workshop and classes
  • Library
  • Venue hire
  • Gallery Shop
  • Meeting rooms
  • Theatre
  • Sculpture park
  • Free parking

1 Art Gallery Road
Campbelltown NSW 2560

Phone: 4645 4100
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 4pm
Admission: Free