ACE Open is a contemporary visual art organisation based in Adelaide, South Australia. It was established in 2017[1] following the merger of the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia and the .[2]

The organisation is located in the Lion Arts Centre in the West End of North Terrace, where it inhabits an area specifically designed for artistic use, including a gallery, office space, artist's studios and a free space, formerly the Dark Horsey bookshop, which can be used for events and other purposes. It also includes the former Feast Festival rooms across the laneway.[3] It presents an annual program of free exhibitions by South Australian, Australian and international artists, and hosts events including artist talks, workshops, celebrations and screenings.[4]

ACE Open's vision is to "transform, expand, create and understand our world through contemporary art". Its mission is: "ACE Open provides space for artists and audiences to champion creativity, forge connection and break new ground in contemporary art".[5]

Its inaugural CEO was Liz Nowell,[3] who was appointed director of the in March 2019.[6]


  1. ^ "Meet ACE Open — Art Guide Australia". Art Guide Australia. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Funding cuts force SA visual arts organisations to merge - InDaily". InDaily. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b "An ACE Up Our Sleeves". Broadsheet. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  4. ^ "About". ACE Open. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Vision and Mission — ACE Open". ACE Open. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  6. ^ Marsh, Walter (27 March 2019). "ACE Open head Liz Nowell appointed director of Brisbane Institute of Modern Art". Adelaide Review. Retrieved 7 August 2019.

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