Rockingham Arts Centre

Rockingham Arts Centre

About the Rockingham Arts Centre 

The Nullians Exhibition in the gallery space at the RAC

The RAC is at 11 Kent Street Rockingham and is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm. It is within walking distance to the beautiful Rockingham Foreshore which has a wide range of restaurants and cafés to enjoy. Free parking is within close proximity.  You can contact the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734.

The Rockingham Arts Centre (RAC) was refurbished in January 2022. The refurbishments upgraded the interior of the RAC to strengthen the flexibility and function of the venue for users, lift the quality of art exhibitions, and improve wayfinding between the RAC and the nearby Gary Holland Community Centre (GHCC). 

Key improvements to the venue were a new hanging system, upgraded lighting in the gallery, refurbished and repainted internal walls without visual distractions, dedicated storage spaces throughout, and a wash-out sink suitable for a variety of art mediums. A shade sail was also been installed in the courtyard.

Two large swinging walls and ceiling mounts were installed in mid-September 2022 to finalise the upgrades. 

The venue consists of a:

  • B category boutique gallery space.
  • multi-use room for art workshops, smaller and overflow exhibitions, and pop up artisan shops.
  • studio space which can accommodate one to two artists for short-term hire and artist in residency opportunities.

 

Current exhibitions  

Art workshops

 

Find the Rockingham Arts Centre

11 Kent Street, Rockingham

 

Bookings

The multi-use room can be booked for art classes and/or workshops by independent artists or community art groups. The RAC will not accept any bookings from non-artistic practices. Please refer to other City venues for your needs. 

For booking availability, please contact the RAC on 9527 0734 between 8am-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday (please note these days are subject to change at times), or email artscentre@rockingham.wa.gov.au. To book, complete the Community Facility Hire Application Form below.

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RoomCapacityRateNon-commercialCommercial
Multi-use (regular)50Hourly$15$30
Multi-use (casual)50Hourly$20$35
Multi-use50Half day (four hours)$75$100
Multi-use50Full day (eight hours)$125$150
Multi-use50Evening hire (four hours)$75$100
Multi-use50Short term exhibition (Thursday 2pm - Monday 12pm)$100-
Studio4Monthly (two - six month term)$175 per month-
Studio4Monthly (six - 12 month term)$150 per month-

Bonds

A cleaning a maintenance bond of $250 plus a key bond of $50 is required for all hire bookings, due no later than two weeks prior to hire. Bond payments are fully refundable upon the terms and conditions of hire being met.

Annual exhibition program

The City introduced an annual exhibition program in 2023.  13 exhibitions were held in 2023 as part of the program.  

  • Asunder by Heritier Kasanda  
  • Tributaries by Tineke Van der Eecken
  • Beyond Surface by Valerie Schonjahn and Miguel Castro
  • 3 Ways to Pass a Gas Pump by Jared Malton
  • Everyday Alchemy by Natalie Blom and Lunchbars by Brett Leigh Dicks (joint exhibition)
  • Unfurling by Nic Compton
  • Slow-Making Locally by Annette Nykiel
  • Hold You Close by Olga Cironis
  • Coming Home by Nina Raper
  • Through Her Eyes by Elisha McGuckin, Cassandra Bynder and Sheree Dohnt
  • The Smalls by Rockingham Regional Arts Inc.
  • Seaside Inspirations by Rockingham Visual Arts
  • Annual Watercolour Exhibition by Rockingham Watercolour Society

2025 program

We are delighted to announce that Jude van der Merwe will again be the Curator for the 2025 and 2026 program.  Working with Jude this year will be Clare Stroud who will have an active role in the 2025-2026 programming and delivery. 
 
Jude van der Merwe has over 30 years’ experience in the cultural and visual arts sectors. Jude is an independent senior consultant specialising in arts and culture policy and strategy, cultural development, curatorial work and Public Art development and implementation. She has worked extensively in the not-for-profit sector in executive roles and as a board member of numerous groups. As Executive Director of Artsource, the representative body for visual artists in Western Australia from 2004-2012, she worked closely with the broad arts and culture sector. Currently Vice President of the World Crafts Council Asia Pacific Region, she is also Co-curator for the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial 2024. 

Clare Stroud has been involved in the creative arts for over 20 years, 11 of those as the Exhibition Coordinator for Mundaring Arts Centre Inc. In that time, Clare has curated, coordinated and installed exhibitions for community groups, individuals, small groups, public art projects and private collectors in galleries, community halls, pubs, hospitals, aged care residencies, public foyers and private homes.

 

2024 Residency Program Two interpretive dancers perform in the arts centre.

We will be hosting an Artist in Residence (AIR) program at the Rockingham Arts Centre, which will provide artists with the opportunity to develop their practice through self-directed creative projects in 2024.

Two, three-month residencies will be supported on the following dates: 

  • Residency one:  1 March - 31 May 2024
  • Residency two: 1 September - 1 December 2024

Rockingham Arts Centre Studio Hire 

The Rockingham Arts Centre provides facilities for artists who wish to exhibit, run workshops or hire a space for their own personal artistic use. The Rockingham Arts Centre Studio space will be hosting two artist residencies during 2024. The room will also be available for hire from:

  • 1 June 2024 - 31 August 2024
  • 2 December 2024 - 2 March 2025

The room is equipped with a utility sink, drying rack, two high benches, small table, lockable storage, extraction fan and air conditioning. 

Studio hire applications are now open, please click the button below. Applications close Friday 1 March 2024.

Apply here

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