Summer 2017-2018 – Canberra Visual Arts

Recommendations for 2017 summer Canberra visual arts

Here’s my slightly UPDATED list of exhibitions  – recommendations for anyone thinking of visiting Canberra  during December 2017 – January 2018.

Here’s my list (so far) – (updated below on 20 December)  – there are more shows to see

While attention usually focuses on the ‘special’ and the ‘blockbuster’ exhibition, there are always a host of works to be enjoyed within the exhibitions staged from the institution’s own fabulous collections.

It is worth the travel just to take these in. You will enjoy them I can assure you.


At the National Gallery of Australia

NGA International collection exhibitions (free entry) – click here.

NGA Australian Art exhibitions (free entry) – click here.

David Hockney at the NGA (Prints) (free entry) – click here

Otto Dix and August Sander  – War, people, landscape (free)   click here 

(NEW) Arthur Streeton: the art of war, NGA Exhibition until 29 April 2017

Namatjira: Painting Country (free entry)

highly recommended. NGA till 3 April 2018 – click here. 

and for an update on NGA exhibitions – 20 Dec 2017


Australian National Portrait Gallery

There’s much to see at the NPG:

Starstruck: Film Stills (Entry fee) – click here.

2017 Digital Portrait Prize – click here.

The NPG Collection exhibitions  (some real gems here) – click here.


National Library of Australia


Top of the list for any lovers of photography (free entry)

Click here for more on the exhibition


National Library of Australia

When visiting the Peter Dombrovskis exhibition at the NLA – don’t miss the small exhibition in the next room.
National Library of Australia till 2nd February 2018 (free entry)

Click here for information



NGA Photography

The NGA does not have a dedicated photography gallery. But there are many works scattered throughout the Australian and International collections exhibitions.

As I keep saying – this makes it almost like a “where’s Wally’ exercise as lovers of the medium wander about the whole gallery trying to spot them. But what is on exhibition does actually make it worth it – if you have the time and energy.

Here’s a wonderful NGA photography exhibition –

Otto Dix and August Sander  – War, people, landscape (free entry)

click here for more


Rosalie Gascoigne at the NGA

Click here for more


The Photography Room

Kingston Markets – open on most Sundays. click here



usually a selection of photography – click here.

(confusing website)



Drill Hall Gallery (ANU)

The ANU Drill is always worth calling by to see their exhibitions. (free entry)

Here’s link to their exhibitions.


National Museum of Australia

SONGLINES: Tracking The Seven Sisters

a major museum exhibition at the National Museum of Australia (Canberra); yet to see it; another major museum exhibition undertaking by the NMA.



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