The first art space of its kind in Uzbekistan – and possibly Central Asia – the Center for Contemporary Arts is a gallery, arts events space, space for screening, and gathering place for art lovers. it was founded in 2019 and run by the Arts and Culture Development Foundation under the Ministry of Culture of Uzbekistan. Since the very first days of its opening, it has proven to be a progressive institution dedicated to preserving and promoting Uzbek and Central Asian contemporary art. The CCA holds film screenings and exhibitions by acclaimed artists. Entry is free of charge, which is why the center has become a place for Tashkent’s fashionable teens to meet.
The CCA is housed in a former diesel power plant, built in 1912. For decades, it provided power for Tashkent’s trams, and now it aims to be the center for Tashkent’s contemporary art revival. The building in itself is a sight to see – impressive Russian architecture in brick, with a cavernous exhibition room and maze-like basement floor filled with delightful tidbits. It also has a rather pleasant outdoors area with ping-pong and beanbags for relaxation.