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About the centre

The Centre of Contemporary Arts (CoCA) Cairns is a theatre, gallery and creative development space that plays a vital role in the thriving Cairns arts scene.

Managed by Arts Queensland (AQ), the centre consists of a theatre venue (a 236-seat black box theatre), rehearsal studio, two A-Class galleries, KickArts Gallery Shop, meeting and workshop facilities, as well as Paradiso Cafe Cairns and a theatre bar.

The CoCA, located at 96 Abbott Street, is home to resident AQ-funded companies JUTE Theatre Company and KickArts Contemporary Arts, as well as partnering with End Credits Film Club to provide the contemporary cinema program, Unseen Cinema.

Backing Indigenous Arts

The Arts Queensland team based at the CoCA is responsible for the agency’s program delivery and infrastructure management in Cairns and Far North Queensland, including the Queensland Government’s Backing Indigenous Arts (BIA) initiative – a $12.6 million investment over four years (2015/16 – 2018/19) to build sustainable and ethical Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts industries.

Building on BIA’s visual arts focus, in 2017 the Government announced an additional $2.1 million to support the development of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts sector. This includes the creation and presentation of new performance works in Indigenous communities in Far North Queensland and the CoCA.

Tenants

JUTE Theatre Company | KickArts Contemporary Arts | Paradiso Cafe Cairns

During the centre’s current refurbishment period, arts tenants have temporarily relocated to the following locations:

  • KickArts Contemporary Arts – School of Arts building, 93-105 Lake Street, Cairns.
  • JUTE Theatre Company – The Pumphouse, Tanks Arts Centre, 64 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill, Cairns.

End Credits Film Club is currently running the Unseen Cinema series from Event Cinemas, Cairns Central Shopping Centre, cnr McLeod and Spence Street.

Paradiso Cafe is temporarily closed for the refurbishment period.