ACE Open staff. Photo: Jessica Clark

ACE Open provides transformative contemporary art experiences for artists and audiences from its CBD art space in Adelaide, South Australia.

As South Australia’s flagship contemporary art gallery, ACE Open presents a year-round program of free exhibitions by practicing South Australian, Australian and international artists. Its exhibitions, talks and events are held across its two exhibition spaces, ACE Open and ACE Across, which are located in the Lion Arts Centre in the west end of the city.

In name and nature, ACE Open forges the future with an approach that is flexible and constantly evolving, placing values of ambition, integrity, openness and criticality at its core. ACE’s programs extend the edges of contemporary visual art practice, embrace diversity and provide a space for artists and audiences to take risks. ACE Open publishes the acclaimed art publication Broadsheet Journal, and hosts an on-site studio program, as well as providing mentorship, professional development, advocacy and opportunity to South Australian artists, curators and art writers.

ACE Open connects Adelaide to the world, celebrating the broad range of cultures, ideas and art practices found both in Australia and abroad. ACE Open is a centre for everyone, inviting artists and audiences to experience contemporary art in an environment that is as engaging and challenging as it is welcoming.

Established in 2017, ACE Open is built on the trailblazing 116-year history of its predecessors, the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA) and the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF). Their pioneering legacies have provided a strong foundation and reputation on which to build ACE’s future.