Jim Lambie, “Eight Miles High,” 2008. Exhibition view at Australia Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne. Photo: John Brash. Courtesy the artist
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) operates as a Kunsthalle, or temporary exhibitions space, within the local, national, and international context. As Melbourne’s largest non-collecting art gallery, it presents a variety of media through complex and exciting intellectual delivery. Exhibitions are generally themed, focusing on new and emerging trends, and the work of Australian artists is often shown alongside the work of their international peers.
ACCA frequently works with Australian artists with a proven level of credibility, and finds opportunities to help bring them to the next level in their practice. It strongly emphasizes commissioning Australian artists’ new works, many of which have gone on to be included in the collections of major Australian and international institutions or purchased by private patrons (with funds going directly to the artists).