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About Tanks Arts Centre
Tanks Arts Centre is the leading contemporary music venue in the region, voted Cairns’ Best Entertainment Venue for six years (and counting!) in the Cairns Post HIT Awards.
Every month Tanks launches a diverse program of live music acts complimented by events such as the World Music Series, Jazz Up North, Music Botanica, Tanks Unplugged, Tanks Up Late and our yearly Bluesfest Touring Sideshows. Tanks has earned the reputation as a premier force in entertainment in the Far North Queensland region.
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.
With its rainforest setting and its inspiring architecture, Tanks Arts Centre lends itself perfectly to theatre – especially theatre with a difference! Over the years, Tanks has been the venue for amazing adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays presented Tropical Arts, who have incorporated Tanks’ unique setting into their productions.
In 2016, Tanks adds another string to its bow with a series of Children’s Theatre productions presented by some of Australia’s best theatre touring companies.
Workshops delivered at Tanks Arts Centre are considered a strong part of the Tanks' overall public program. From yoga, to steel pans, to aerial and circus lessons, to samba and more, they are all part of the Tanks family and the Tanks brand.
If you want to run a workshops series of your own and be part of the life of the Tanks, please complete this form. Your application will be assessed by Tanks Arts Centre's programming team for availability of time and space and against our vision for the program: affordable and healthy - social and cultural - learning and exchange.
For further details please contact:
P - 4032 6600
E - TanksWorkshops@cairns.qld.gov.au
For the young and the young at heart, there’s much family fun to be had at Tanks Arts Centre.
Our monthly Market Day is an ever-popular family event, held on the last Sunday of every month from April to November. The Tanks Markets are a unique slice of cultural life in the tropics, with a blend of market stalls, free live music and gallery exhibitions. The Kids’ Tank arts workshops are a fun part of market day, offering children the opportunity to learn anything from how to write a short story to printmaking, all for just the price of a gold coin donation.
Tanks is also home to annual family events that are eagerly anticipated within the community. The Cairns Children’s Festival in March is a dedicated and diverse one-day program to celebrate and support learning, play, curiosity and discovery for children and their families, and Carnival on Collins in September offers loads of free family fun as a signature event of Cairns Festival.
Lastly, there are always School Holiday and Weekly workshops programmed throughout the year, arts-based activities for all age groups.
Whether it’s a meeting for 5 or a conference for 500, The Tanks Arts Centre and Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct can provide you with an unforgettable venue for your event.
Choose from the Tank 4 gallery for events up to 150 people with a backdrop of beautiful artwork, or the open space of Tank 3 for gala dinners, corporate events and workshops for up to 500 people. For smaller workshops and community events of up to 80 people, there is the new multipurpose Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre and its amphitheatre, and if you need a large performance space for up to 600 people, Tank 5 has a world-class sound system, stage, green room and bar.
Contact us to discuss your garden party or wedding in the lush surrounds of the Cairns Botanic Gardens or Centenary Lakes, with the beautiful Fig Tree beside the historic bund wall of the Tanks serving as the perfect spot for pre-function drinks or a ceremony.
Whatever your needs, The Tanks and Botanic Gardens Precinct can provide a unique space. Each site can be artistically lit to bring out its magical ambiance, and our professional technical and events staff are available to ensure the smooth running of your event.
Tanks Arts Centre is a business unit of Cairns Regional Council, in the Cultural Services Branch. Situated in the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct, just 4km north of the city’s CBD, the centre is an iconic and innovative multi-use, contemporary arts facility housed in three converted World War 2 naval oil storage tanks, and set amidst a lush rainforest backdrop.
Tanks combines two main functions, that of a ‘presenter’ organisation offering a range of arts and cultural events and activities to a wide audience, and a community cultural development organisation which aims to proactively engage local communities in cultural expression and participation.
Council purchased the land on which the Tanks stands in 1991 to address the community's need for more arts space and associated facilities.
Events By Tanks Arts Centre
Doc's Day Off
03 Feb 2017 09:00:00 - 04 Mar 2017 16:30:00
Photographers: Danielle Hodgens and George Kneipp, Dr. Tim Warnock and Joseph Jacobs with assistance from Dr. Paul Trott. This photographic exhibition shows over eighty doctors from the Cairns and Hinterland Health Region doing what they are passionate about when they are not working.
RUFUS Full Bloom Tour
22 Feb 2017 18:00:00 - 24 Feb 2017 22:00:00
After impressing audiences at some of the world’s biggest festivals and lapping the globe two times over, RÜFÜS are coming home for their most expansive Australian tour yet.
27 Feb 2017 09:45:00 - 28 Feb 2017 11:15:00
Kinderballet is a classical ballet program crafted specifically for pre-schoolers. Our program is set around the Adventures of Bella Ballet Bear. A program designed to introduce the basics of classical ballet, in an imaginative way.
Hot 8 Brass Band - Jazz Up North
03 Mar 2017 18:30:00 - 03 Mar 2017 21:30:00
Emerging from the New Orleans parade culture over 20 years ago, the Hot 8 Brass Band takes a relentless approach to rhythm and brass. Ingenious arrangements and an utterly infectious groove splicing traditional jazz, soul and hip hop with creative original songs this is the real Louisiana deal.
Hannah Gadsby - Nanette
04 Mar 2017 19:00:00 - 04 Mar 2017 22:00:00
Hannah Gadsby is an award winning Australia comedian who thinks quickly and moves slowly. Hannah’s droll delivery, delightful wordplay and heartbreakingly funny, self-deprecating observations continue to delight audiences all over the world, and now Hannah returns to Cairns in celebration of Tanks’...
In Conversation With Gill Hicks
10 Mar 2017 19:00:00 - 10 Mar 2017 22:00:00
This event is part of the Tanks' Women's Week series, revolving around International Women's Day, 8 March, a global opportunity to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women.
An Evening with Amanda Palmer
11 Mar 2017 18:30:00 - 11 Mar 2017 21:30:00
As part of Tank’s Women’s Week celebrations, the queen of punk cabaret, Amanda Palmer, continues her love affair with Australia with an intimate solo performance at Tanks spanning The Dresden Dolls songs, fan favourites and brand-new material.
Mercan Dede Secret Trio featuring Whirling Dervish (Turkish)
17 Mar 2017 18:30:00 - 17 Mar 2017 21:30:00
Turkish born DJ and producer Mercan Dede has found the sweet spot between electronic and traditional sound and after performing in almost every corner of the globe while Topping the BBC World Music charts. Rightly recognised as one of the world’s most creative yet modest artists, Montreal based Mer...
The Living End
23 Mar 2017 19:30:00 - 23 Mar 2017 21:00:00
These icons of Australian rock are staring down the highway to a new regional tour and the Tanks is set to go off.
Tanks Round Cinema - Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)
29 Mar 2017 19:30:00 - 29 Mar 2017 21:00:00
Attention film devotees! New to the cool comfort of climate controlled Tank 5, Tanks Arts Centre and End Credits Film Club present a fresh cinema series on the edge.
SPIDERBAIT - Ivy and the Big Apples Tour
01 Apr 2017 19:30:00 - 01 Apr 2017 22:00:00
Heavyweight Australian band, Spiderbait, are activating their cult status with a tour in ode of their third and most celebrated album, the seminal ‘Ivy and the Big Apples’ – throwing it back to 1996, and you'll want to be there when they do.
Rickie Lee Jones
13 Apr 2017 19:30:00 - 13 Apr 2017 22:30:00
Two-time Grammy Award winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the music scene in 1979 with her jazz-flavoured single Chuck E.’s In Love. 2017 will see Jones bring her ‘confessional’ performance to Tanks with this official Bluesfest sideshow.
Cairns Children's Festival
21 May 2017 09:00:00 - 21 May 2017 15:00:00
The Cairns Children’s Festival is an annual event for children aged 12 years and under celebrated at the beautiful Cairns Botanic Gardens and Tanks Arts Centre.
Green Zone – Art Play and Nature Experiences with Family Day Care
21 May 2017 09:00:00 - 21 May 2017 15:00:00
Family Day Care Cairns will facilitate activities for children aged 5 years and under.
5 Minutes of Fame Stage
21 May 2017 09:30:00 - 21 May 2017 14:30:00
At this year’s festival, children from around the region have an awesome opportunity to perform live on the fully produced ‘5 Minutes of Fame Stage’.
26 May 2017 19:00:00 - 27 May 2017 20:40:00
It's about Chucking time! Strassman returns with a brand new show, an evening of side-splitting comedy and riotous antics from Ted E. Bare and the malicious Chuck Wood.
31 May 2017 10:00:00 - 31 May 2017 21:00:00
A play by Maryam Master. Based on the book by David Walliams. Directed by Jonathan Biggins.
How to get to Tanks Arts Centre
Direct Contact Info
Hours: Office: Mon-Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm Gallery: Mon-Fri 8.30am - 4.30pm
46 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill