Canberra is fortunate enough to have some amazing internationally recognised and local art displayed in our galleries, sharing a variety of works in many forms, themes, perspective and time periods. Whether they’re in Canberra’s biggest galleries or the small hidden gems, there is plenty to explore and enjoy.

Botticelli to Van Gogh 

The National Gallery of Australia continues to amaze Canberran’s with the exclusive international works they display, from some of the best galleries in the world. From March 5 to June 14 2021, witness Botticelli to Van Gogh, showcasing works from some of Europe’s most revered artists like Botticelli, Turner, Constable, Monet and Van Gogh through Western Europe’s most defining periods. This is the first time in almost 200 years that the National Gallery, London has toured an exhibition of works internationally, so you don’t want to miss this exciting opportunity.

Know my Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now 

An initiative of the National Gallery of Australia, Know My Name celebrates the work of all women artists, aiming to enhance understanding of their contribution to Australian culture. From 14 November 2020 to May 9 2021, the gallery will be addressing historical gender bias and elevating the voices of all women, through a vibrant program of exhibitions, events, commissions, creative collaborations, publications and partnerships.

Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion Exhibition 

Celebrating Indigenous art, history and culture through fashion and design, the Piinpi Exhibition at the National Museum is celebrating the strength and diversity of Indigenous style. From 20 February to 8 August 2021, wander through their selection of garments and textiles by First Nations designers and artists from around Australia.

Seeing Canberra

As a city that was made to be the nation’s capital, Canberra has been a place that quickly invited visual representation. As it developed it has been seen through different lenses and interpreted by many artists. Seeing Canberra at the Canberra Museum and Gallery has put the development of Canberra in four key periods and each will encounter an object that represents a prism to understand a way of seeing at that time. Catch it from 7 March 2020 to 24 July 2021.


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Don’t Forget the Milk: Celebrating 50 Years of Canberra Milk

Dabble in a more light-hearted bit of Canberra’s history with Don’t Forget the Milk at the Canberra Museum and Gallery. Celebrating 50 years since the ACT Milk Authority was established, explore the history of our city’s early dairy industry and the creation of the iconic Canberra Milk. Running from 3 April to 31 July 2021, it features unique dairy objects from the gallery’s collection and private lenders, highlighting the unique story of milk in the capital.


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Australian Love Stories 

Explore all things love, affection and connection with the Australian Love Stories exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. From 20 March to 1 August 2021, explore the enduring and forbidden, the romantic and platonic and the unrequited and scandalous, in over 200 artworks of different forms. Think Nick and Susie Cave, Kath and Kim and Bob and Blanche, from iconic artists such as John Brack and Vincent Namatjira.

Transforming Mountains and Rivers 

The Australian landscape has been a popular subject to many artist’s work, each holding different perspectives and themes. Transforming Mountains and Rivers exhibition at the Nancy Sever Gallery shares two artists, Peter Yu and Sam Lai’s best oil painting landscape works to date. Open from 29 April to 23 May 2021. 


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Sammy Hawker

Join the Mixing Room Gallery for local, Sammy Hawker’s solo exhibition showcasing her visual work that encompasses the land, environment and the people. She works with Traditional Custodians, scientists, ecologists and regenerative agriculturists to produce work that investigates sites of the Anthropocene. Explore her magical photographs from 18 May to 2 July 2021.


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