Connecting Our Past With Our Present Through Art & Culture.
With an enviable CBD location, Art Work Spaces is perfectly positioned alongside the new Cairns Gallery Precinct.
The Cairns Gallery Precinct will transform three existing heritage-listed buildings within the Cairns city centre to create a dynamic and world-class gallery precinct.
The project aims to connect the three regionally significant buildings – the existing Cairns Art Gallery, the Old Court House, and the former Mulgrave Shire Council offices.
This initiative will play a key role in the emergence of Cairns as the Arts and Cultural Capital of Northern Australia, providing a vibrant and expansive arts precinct showcasing international and domestic touring exhibitions as well as contemporary local and indigenous art.
Constructed from 1919-21, the Court House building, fronting Abbott Street, was utilised as the city’s court house until 1992. The Cairns Court House was renovated thereafter as the Cairns Courthouse Hotel in 1998 and acquired by Cairns Regional Council in 2016.
The Cairns Art Gallery building was designed in 1933 and completed in 1936. The original principal tenant of the building was the Public Curator’s Office. Refurbishment started in September 1994 to transform the building into an art gallery space, with the Cairns Regional Gallery opened to the public on 15 July 1995.
FORMER MULGRAVE SHIRE COUNCIL OFFICES
The former Mulgrave Shire Council Chambers was constructed in 1912. Further internal alterations have occurred after this time. In 2016, the building became the Cairns and Tropical North Visitor Information Centre.