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About us

Judith Wright Centre Brisbane street viewNamed after Judith Wright, the celebrated Australian poet and activist, the Judith Wright Arts Centre (JWAC) is a vibrant and contemporary visual and performing arts hub, located in the heart of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

Home to some of Queensland’s and Australia’s most dynamic arts organisations, JWAC is a creative space for exciting visual arts programming and for the development and presentation of original and innovative contemporary performance works, including cabaret, circus, dance, music, spoken word and multi-disciplinary arts.

JWAC tenants include the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts, arTour, AusDance Queensland, BlakDance, Circa, Creative Partnerships Australia, Australasian Dance Collective, Flying Arts Alliance, Institute of Modern Art (IMA) and Musica Viva, as well as Carbon Creative.

Opened in 2001, JWAC is owned and operated by the Queensland Government and managed by Arts Queensland. In 2018, the centre closed its performance and presentation spaces to undergo a redevelopment.

The refurbishment includes an exterior rejuvenation incorporating night-time digital art projections, an updated foyer, and new office and meeting areas, addressing the arts sector’s need for creative spaces and providing a place for contemporary Queensland talent to be nurtured, presented and celebrated.

A new corner gallery, opened in 2019, features the work of new and established Queensland artists and is presented in a pilot project through the IMA Belltower program. This was the first space to open as part of the redevelopment.

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Supporting Queensland artists is a vital part of our history and today we exist to support the creative energies of our local talent.

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