The ultimate arts and culture checklist for Canberra

Published on : Tuesday, September 6, 2016

download5From 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 Australia’s most iconic museums and art galleries very soon when Singapore Airlines launches its direct flights to Canberra from Singapore on 20 September.


National Gallery of Australia

There are more than 160,000 works in the National Gallery of Australia’s collections, all of which belong to the Australian people. There’s something for everyone, with the permanent collections rotated regularly and outstanding, often exclusive travelling exhibitions gracing the light-filled galleries. Even if you just see the Australian works (don’t miss John Olsen’s astonishing Sydney sun), you’ve witnessed some of the creativity that has shaped the nation. But, of course, you should venture further to view Jackson Pollock’s Blue poles. Coming soon, Versailles: Treasures from the Palace, 9 December 2016 to 17 April 2017.


Canberra Glassworks

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. Explore exhibitions in its two dedicated spaces, watch art in the making in the Hotshop, sign up for a class, or browse the shop for something to take home.



National Portrait Gallery

Considering the idea of a portrait gallery wasn’t really floated until the early 1990s, the breadth and quality of the National Portrait Gallery, which opened in 2008, is exceptional. The 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.

Nishi Gallery
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.



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