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, a darkroom, recording studios, broadcast and editing suites, and administration.
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.
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.