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Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

Named after the celebrated poet, the Judith Wright Centre is home to a unique blend of cabaret, circus, dance, music and contemporary performance, located right in the heart of Fortitude Valley’s creative district. Residents include internationally-recognised arts companies such as CircaExpressions Dance Company and the Institute of Modern Art, as well as a number of creative industry tenants.


The venues are available for hire and include the signature 300 seat theatre, the Performance Space and intimate 80 seat Shopfront, as well as rehearsal and meeting rooms. In addition to performing arts productions, these highly flexible, licensed venues can cater for creative meetings of minds, film shoots and screenings, workshops and seminars, through to major product launches, tradeshows, arts festivals, awards nights and conferences. To contact the Judith Wright Centre about hiring a venue space, or for orther enquiries, visit their website or email


Funded organisations:  ArTour | Ausdance Queensland | CircaExpressions Dance Company | Flying Arts Alliance Inc. | Institute of Modern Art   

Media companies: Carbon Media

Food & Beverage businesses: Arthouse Coffee | Slingshot Bar and Gallery


The 4th National Indigenous Theatre Forum (NITF) was held  17 to 19 September 2015 at Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in association with the Brisbane Festival and hosted over 80 Indigenous theatre practitioners and administrators including a delegation from Canada, Wales and New Zealand to take part in a three-day forum focused on the establishment of an independent structure for the Indigenous theatre sector. The forum made recommendations for the establishment of a new peak industry body for Aboriginal and Torres Islander performing arts in Australia. Members of the sector will work to develop the constitution and strategic directions for this body, with the aim to have an incorporated organisation by the close of 2016. This body will act as a central industry organisation working to strengthen and grow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre to provide a leadership voice in the arts for the 21st Century. View the Birth of Blackfulla Performance Alliance video

The Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) is Australia’s leading, internationally focused industry event for contemporary performing arts. Established in 1994 by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, APAM showcases and promotes a thriving, diverse national sector and stimulates the ongoing dialogue, collaboration and exchange between local artists and producers and their international counterparts to grow the export of Australian performance. APAM’s key purpose continues to be the increase of international and national touring opportunities for Australian contemporary performing arts groups and artists. APAM champions and invests in Australian Arts. APAM was first held in Canberra in conjunction with the National Festival of Australian Theatre, before moving to South Australia where it was presented in conjunction with the Adelaide Festival and Adelaide Fringe from 1998 to 2012. In 2011, the Australia Council awarded the tender for APAM 2014, 2016 and 2018 to Brisbane Powerhouse, which will see the events held in the Queensland capital for the respective years. Brisbane Powerhouse will be the home for APAM activities and performances, with some events also held across a network of local partner venues including the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.