Art and cultural workshops are available for groups of 15 or more people at only $3.30 per person per hour. Advance booking is essential. Activities for all ages are available.


Art Gallery

Discover contemporary and traditional Aboriginal art with changing exhibitions. We sell top quality, authentic Australian Aboriginal art all year round.


Gift Shop

Buy an authentic Australian gift for yourself or a loved one from our wide variety of stock such as didgeridoos, jewellery, clothes, decorated pots, prints, greeting cards and a large selection of genuine Aboriginal souvenirs.

Echinda Café

Book a table at our café and enjoy scrumptious snacks and meals.

Open Mon-Fri, 9.00am-4.00pm.  Lunch served from 12.00-3.00pm
See our current menu


February 2017

February will see our monthly programs resume as below:

  • the Black and White photography club on the 1st February at 2pm
  •  Aboriginal Men’s group on the 2nd February at 10.0am
  •  Aboriginal Women’s Group on the 9th February
  • School workshops as and when booked

Our first exhibition opening on Thursday, 19th January 2017 was very successful. A great turnout, wonderful music by local Aboriginal woman Leetona Pitt and her father Dennis Pitt and as usual gorgeous artwork. The exhibitions by Brian Irving, Tyler Stackman, Ron Green, Noelene Brietkopf and other local elders will stay open till the 27th March 2017. If you missed the opening, there is time for you to view these wonderful works.


January 2017

Friends of the ACCKP (19th January)

The Friends of the ACCKP will be meeting at 5pm to brainstorm and finalise their 2017 plans.

Exhibition (19th January)

The public is invited to the opening of 4 new exhibitions at the Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place on Kentucky Street. Exhibitions comprising works by Brian Irving, Ron Green, Tyler Stackman and local elders will be opened at 6.00pm on Thursday, 19th January 2017.

Brian Irving’s exhibition entitled Conversation 1: Bundjalung Dreaming is the first of a series of Conversation exhibitions. Brian is a well-known artist from Guyra. He started painting at a young age and slowly developed his style as he got older. In 2001 Brian had his first major success in winning the Inverell Art Prize. That win fuelled his desire to compete around NSW. He is a four-time finalist in the Country Energy Art Prize and three times finalist in the Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize. In 2005 he won the Nambucca Valley Art and Craft Show major prize and in 2007 the Brush with Verse competition in Tenterfield. Brian was awarded the Centenary Medal for his contribution to Koori Art by Tony Windsor. In 2009 Brian won the grand prize and first prize in the Armidale show, first prize in the Nambucca Heads Art Prize and was also a finalist in the Gold Coast Art Prize.

Exhibiting alongside with Brian is Tyler Stackman. Tyler’s exhibition entitled Conversation 2: Animal Dreaming is a collection of 10 pieces. Tyler is a young Dunghutti man from Walcha who completed his HSC last year.  Animal Dreaming is a body of work comprising native Australian animals. In his works, Tyler skillfully combines traditional dots with the fine technique of cross hatching. He paints the animals in cross hatchings creating a structured and stylized appearance of native animals. He then expertly adds dots in the background in concentric patterns. Tyler also adds other traditional designs such as handprints to indicate traditional Aboriginal men’s role in hunting native animals. Conversation 2: Animal Dreaming is Tyler’s first exhibition.

Tyler is the son of Ron Green, a professional photographer from Walcha. Ron’s photographic exhibition entitled, Saying it with Roses will also be opened on the same evening. Ron started this passion 12 years ago when he was offered a camera by a friend. He taught himself how to use the camera and later decided that he wanted to further develop his skills. He then enrolled in TAFE to learn how to take photos and develop them. His passion grew and his family and friends encouraged him to take part in competitions. Ron’s works are often seen in different shows in the New England region such as in Walcha, Gunnedah and Armidale. Ron is an award winning photographer having won several prizes including the Armidale Portraiture Competition, Walcha Landscape Photographic Competition and being awarded the Grand Champion at the Gunnedah Show.

The local elders once again show their handwork in this fourth exhibition entitled Elders’ Handiwork. Noelene Brietkopf, a local elder of Kamilaroi descent has been making toy teddy bears for over 30 years. Seven of her works will be on display along with other elders’ dolls.

These exhibitions will be opened by local Aboriginal community members, Dianne Roberts and Bruce Cohen. Entertainment for the evening will be by Leetona Pitt. The local community is invited to attend the opening of these four exceptional exhibitions at 6pm, Thursday the 19th January 2017.


Holiday Program (23rd-27th January)


The Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place (ACCKP) is once again running the Holiday Program for primary school children from Monday, the 23rd to Friday the 27th January 2017 with the exception of Australia Day holiday. The program will run from 9.00am to 12 noon. This program is open to all children of primary school age.


The theme for the January holiday program is “Outback”.  Children will have the opportunity to learn and carry out activities surrounding the theme. Please see program below.


The cost for the morning tea, supervision, materials and activities will be covered by the ACCKP. This holiday program is being funded by the Department of Education. Please complete the attached form and drop it off at the ACCKP by the 20th January 2017 to ensure your child/children’s place is confirmed.


Although the cost for participating in this program is free, from 2017parents and guardians are required to become members of the ACCKP to access this program. The membership fee is $2.20 a year. Please fill out the attached membership form.



Mon (23/01)

Tue (24/01)

Wed (25/01)

Thu  (26/01)

Fri (27/01)


Arts and craft

Join the dots (animal)

Outback painting

Making clay animals


Animal collage


Outback activities


Pretend camping


Animal trap-making 



Hunting & Gathering



Morning tea

Morning tea

Morning tea






Story 1

Story 2

Story 3



Story 4




Red Rover Cross Over


Hide and seek



Party games



Opening Hours

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Monday to Friday: 9am to 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 2pm

Contact Details

Phone: (02) 6771 3606
96-104 Kentucky Street Armidale

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