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.

Our vision

Transforming our understanding of the world through contemporary art.

Our mission

We create space for artists and audiences to challenge the predictable and forge stronger connections so that together, we expand our understanding of the world and are empowered to make change. 

Staff and Board

Liz Nowell

Toby Chapman

Business & Operations Manager
Sarita Burnett

Marketing & Communications Manager
Stephanie Lyall

Public Programs Coordinator & Weekend Gallery Manager
Vivian Cooper

Kate Irving (Chair)
Tony Albert
Mark Anders
Andrew Durham
Mark FitzGerald
Julie Robinson
Eleanor Scicchitano

Eleanor Amor, Kobe Donaldson, Melanie Cooper, Boris Drazetic, Jade Elliot, Katerina Fedyk, Lisa Greening, Lauren Hesselschwerdt, India Kenning, Olivia Kubiak, Melissa Little, Maggie O’Moore, Stephen Roedel, Saskia Scott, Dave Smith, Thanh Vu