Established in 1973, the ACP opened the doors of its first gallery in Paddington Street, in 1974. In 1981 the Centre moved to Oxford Street where it remains today. It is now Australia's longest running contemporary art space.
It is the ACP's mission to promote and enrich the understanding of photo-based art in Australia and this is achieved through a dynamic mix of exhibition, education and publication. In its blend of activities and range of photographic media, the Centre is unique in Australia.
ACP opened a Workshop in 1976. Originally in a separate building, this is now housed within the Centre in Oxford Street and includes black and white and colour darkroom facilities, a digital suite, lighting studio and library. In 1983 ACP launched the journal Photofile. It is now the leading photo-based art magazine in Australia, available through newsagents and specialist bookshops nationally.
Currently located in the heart of Paddington, Sydney's gallery district, ACP houses two exhibition spaces; a foyer display area and a Project Wall for emerging artists; an extensive workshop with comprehensive curriculum and public access facilities; a specialist bookshop and library.
The ACP is a not-for-profit organisation supported by the NSW Government through the NSW Ministry for the Arts, the Australia Council, the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. The ACP raises over half of its revenue from non-government sources