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about ccp

The Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) is Australia’s premier venue for the exhibition of contemporary photo-based arts, providing a context for the enjoyment, education, understanding and appraisal of contemporary practice.


Established in 1986 by the photographic community as a not-for-profit exhibition and resource centre, CCP has played a pivotal role in the support of photo-based arts and public engagement with photography. In 2005 CCP relocated to purpose designed premises by Sean Godsell Architects.


CCP’s exhibition program is presented across five exhibition spaces, including the Night Projection Window viewed from George and Kerr Streets after dark, and features a diverse range of photo-based arts from emerging to established artists. The program includes individual, group and curated exhibitions representing the very best of local, interstate and international photography. CCP welcomes proposals from emerging and established artists, as well as curators and writers. Information regarding exhibition proposals can be found at Admission to CCP is free. CCP is fully accessible for wheelchairs and prams.

View the CCP Floorplan.

Associated Events

CCP participates in annual and biennial festivals, develops off-site projects and events and frequently collaborates with related art and community organisations. The Centre is active in touring exhibitions across Australia.

Education & Publishing

CCP presents Artist Floor Talks by exhibiting artists each Saturday following exhibition openings. In the Visy Education Space, CCP presents education programs including the renowned Les Walkling photography courses and a diverse program of Masterclasses by renowned practitioners. CCP’s highly regarded annual series of public lectures, presented for over a decade, have been augmented by the Joyce Evans History of Photography Seminars. Occasional forums on current photographic and related issues are presented in Gallery Three, supported by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust. CCP’s occasional publications include lecture papers, as well as catalogues to accompany many exhibitions. CCP welcomes teacher, student and community groups for exhibition tours by appointment.

View CCP's Catalogues and Photogenic publication.

Volunteers & Internships

Volunteers play an integral role in the everyday running of CCP.
Interns are accepted by application.


The CCP gallery store is now a trove of published matter curated by Melbourne bookstore, publishing house and distributor, Perimeter Books.

Visit CCP Online Shop


CCP Members share an active interest in contemporary art and their support enables CCP to develop its aims and expand its services and programs. There are many good reasons to join CCP including:

  • Regular information and invitations to CCP exhibitions and members only events
  • 10 % discount on books at the CCP Shop
  • Discounts for CCP workshops and lectures
  • Discounts on entry to Award exhibitions such as the CCP Salon and the CCP Documentary Photography Award
  • CCP members get concession prices to ACMI curated films
  • Discounts to local and related businesses upon presentation of a CCP membership card

For a full listing of CCP membership benefits please see CCP membership.

Government Funding

CCP is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. CCP is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. CCP is a member of CAOS, Contemporary Arts Organisations of Australia.


The new CCP premises have been achieved through extraordinary public support.

CCP raises over 50% of its annual income, and enjoys strong community support with a paid subscriber base of over 500. The Centre receives financial and in-kind support from a variety of corporate and benevolent sponsors, and is active in fundraising through regular events including the CCP Limited Edition Print. Donations are gratefully received and tax deductible.

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