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The Manuka Arts Centre is an ACT Government arts facility managed by PhotoAccess to provide community access to the arts. PhotoAccess and ArtSound FM operate from the centre in three buildings that include a public art gallery, teaching rooms, darkrooms, a recording studio, broadcast and editing suites, and administration. PhotoAccess has been in residence since 2002, and signed a licence agreement to occupy and manage the centre in May 2005. ArtSound FM joined us at Manuka in March 2006. Visit artsound.com.au for more information about ArtSound FM.

The buildings were officially opened in 1937 and were originally built as the first permanent baby health centre in the Canberra region - the Griffith Child Welfare Centre.

The centre has a long history of service to the arts. Until the late 1990s it was the Canberra School of Music’s jazz campus. Today it is visited by many people from the Canberra community, and many visitors to Canberra, who visit us to see exhibitions, record and broadcast music and news about the arts, attend courses and workshops or participate in projects related to the photo based arts.

Manuka Arts Centre is located adjacent to Manuka Pool and Telopea Park. It is a short walk from Manuka and Kingston Shopping Centres and Telopea High School.