The capital city of Australia is a boon for art lovers
From impressive national art collections to intimate galleries where you can meet the makers, Canberra sure knows how to put on a show. Get your hit of exceptional arts and culture at some of this city’s most iconic museums and art galleries.
National Gallery of Australia
There are more than 160,000 works in the National Gallery of Australia’s collections. With such a massive collection, there’s something for everyone ranging from permanent collections rotated regularly and exclusive travelling exhibitions gracing the light-filled galleries. The gallery will host Versailles: Treasures from the Palace next from 9 December 2016 to 17 April 2017.
Canberra Glassworks is Australia’s only cultural centre that is wholly dedicated to contemporary glass art, with a workspace for glass artists and a gallery for those interested in the craft of working with this delicate material. Visitors can explore exhibitions in its two dedicated spaces, watch art in the making in the Hotshop and even sign up for a class.
Nishi Gallery in the creative NewActon city precinct is a blank space for artists and curators to display all types of visual art and also plays host to some performances. This contemporary gallery is nestled next to Parlour Wine Room, perfect for an alfresco drink afterward.
National Portrait Gallery
Opened in 2008, the National Portrait Gallery shares the history of Australia, revealed by the people who shaped it and the artists who captured their images. One of the most popular artworks here, Howard Arkley’s portrait of musician Nick Cave, was one of the first commissioned by the gallery.
Craft ACT: Craft Design and Centre
Make your way over to Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre and trawl through the unique handcrafted items on offer. Featuring products by local crafters and design artists, you’ll find only the most cutting-edge designs, located in one convenient space within Canberra’s city centre.
Beaver Galleries of Australia
Once a local secret but now considered a national treasure, Beaver Galleries of Australia can be found in Deakin. With a regularly changing exhibition program, four gallery spaces and a sculpture garden, you're guaranteed to see something new each visit.