June 2019 Listings

ACT art galleries and their exhibition schedules are listed below, grouped by region. For listings in other Australian states please use the What’s On menu above.

Civic Inner North

ANCA Gallery
1 Rosevear Place, Dickson 2602.
(02) 6247-8736.
Wed-Sun 12.00 to 5.00.
To June 9 From My Mother Unto Me – Kayannie Denigan (Luritja), Leah Brideson (Kamilaroi), Beverly Smith (Muruwari), Cassie Leatham (Taungurung/Wurundjeri), Nadine Lee (Larrakia) and Rebecca Ray (Meriam Mir). Curated by Erin Vink (Ngiyampaa).

Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman Arts Centre
55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon 2612.
(02) 6247-0188.
Tues-Sat 11.00 to 5.00.

Canberra Museum and Gallery
Cnr London Circuit and Civic Square, Canberra City 2600.
(02) 6207-3968.
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 5.00.

Craft ACT
Craft + Design Centre
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra 2601.
(02) 6262-9333.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 12.00 to 4.00.

Nancy Sever Gallery
Gorman Arts Centre, B Hall, cnr Batman and Currong streets, Braddon 2604.
(02) 6182-0055.
Wed-Sun 11.00 to 5.00.


ANU Drill Hall Gallery
Kingsley Street (off Barry Drive), Acton 2601.
(02) 6125-5832.
Director: Terence Maloon.
Free admission.
Wed-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
June 21 to Aug 11 Ildiko Kovacs: The DNA of Colour.

ANU School of Art & Design Gallery
Cnr Ellery Cres and Liversidge Street, Acton 2601.
(02) 6125-5841.
During Main Gallery exhibitions: Tues-Fri 10.30 to 5.00, closed Sat-Mon and public hols.
June 20 to July 26 Promised the Moon. The 50th anniversary of the first moon landing on 21 July 2019 AEST is an opportunity to reflect on the ACT’s unique space heritage. Lift-off with panel discussion: Thurs June 27, 6pm;

Australian National University
Building 153, University Avenue, Acton 2601.
To June 23 aMBUSH gallery presents While You Were Sleeping – David Cragg, Charlotte Allingham, Jason Wing, Robert Fielding, Noni Cragg, Blak Douglas, Elizabeth Close, Julie Dowling, Warraba Weatherall, Otis Carey, Benita Clements, Michael Cook, Damien Shen, Shane ‘Mankitya’ Kookaburra and Wayne Quilliam. Read more…

Julie Dowling, Aunty Violet, 2017, acrylic on red ochre and plastic on canvas, 110 x 3 x 89.6cm
Courtesy the artist, Yamaji Art, Western Australia and aMBUSH Gallery, Sydney

Nishi Gallery
17 Kendall Lane, Canberra 2601.
(02) 6287-6170.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 6.30.
June 7 to July 27 (opening Fri June 7, 6-8pm) Polar Convergence by Rohan Hutchinson and Philip Samartzis.
An exhibition of sound and image works in which the Arctic and Antarctic intersect to form a liminal world where time and space coalesce. Dr Philip Samartzis focuses on the sounds and spaces of the Antarctic continent where volatile weather and extreme climate collide with fragile ecologies and remote settlements. Rohan Hutchinson captures the tonality of the Arctic winter, transforming large-scale pristine landscape images into violent, mutable abstractions. Together, these two bodies of polar research introduce us to the places that operate at the margins of the planet.

Rohan Hutchinson, Untitled, Part A

Philip Samartzis recording a blizzard, Antarctica. Photograph: Dan Wilkins

Foreshore Southside

Beaver Galleries
81 Denison Street, Deakin 2600.
(02) 6282-5294.
Directors: Martin & Susie Beaver (member of ACGA).
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00. Canberra’s largest private gallery.
May 30 to June 16 Illuminated artefacts paintings by Julian Laffan.
Also, Reflective space porcelain by Sandra Black.
June 20 to July 7 paintings by Crispin Akerman.
Also, C O V E T: Contemporary Jewellery – Robin Wells, Melanie Katsalidis, Leslie Matthews, Tae Schmeisser, Joungmee Do and Daehoon Kang.

Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka
19 Furneaux Street, Manuka 2603.
(02) 6247-0188.
Fri-Sun 11.00 to 5.00.

Canberra Glassworks
11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston 2604.
(02) 6260-7005.
Entry by donation.
Wed-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
To June 23 Giles Ryder is based between Thailand and Australia. Writing of Ryder’s practice, art critic Robert Nelson has suggested that the artist is ‘…energized by ambiguity, shifts and blurs in perception and meaning, and by the participation of others, in various forms’.
To June 23 Glass Glyphs by G.W. Bot – an exploration of the ideas of language, symbols and materials.

G.W.BOT, Glyph and Moon, 2018, kiln fused and engraved glass. Courtesy the artist and Beaver Galleries, Australian Capital Territory

M16 Artspace
21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith 2603.
(02) 6295-9438.
Wed-Sun 12.00 to 5.00.
To June 9 (Block 7) Gallery 1: Endangered Species by Rachel Head. Gallery 2: ‘Excusez-moi?’ by Tom Buckland and Belle Palmer. Gallery 3: Same Time, Same Place – Artists Society of Canberra.

Belle Palmer and Tom Buckland, Excuse Moi (detail), 2019, found objects, electronics. Photograph: Georgia Martin. Courtesy the artists and M16 Artspace

June 13 to 30 (Block 8) Gallery 1: Elegy for Winter – Luke Aleksandrow, Jacqueline Bradley, Chris Carmody, Denise Ferris, Annika Harding, Ellis Hutch and Shags. Read more… Gallery 2: From Subjugation to Freedom by Rachell Theodorakis. Gallery 3: Gatherings by Students from the Indigenous youth Artist development program.

Ellis Hutch, Lake polish, 2016, still from performance on Lake Haukijärvi Finland. Photograph: Annika Harding

Rachel Theodorakis. Evolution Series III, 2017, bone, acrylic paint, cotton thread, bees wax, stainless steel mount. 85 x 24 x 30cm. Photograph: Brenton McGeachie

Megalo Print Studio + Gallery
21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston 2604.
(02) 6232-6041.
Tues-Sat 9.30 to 5.00.

National Gallery of Australia (NGA)
Parkes Place, Parkes, Canberra 2600.
(02) 6240-6411.
Admission to the permanent collection is free.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
June 7 to Sept 1 Monet: Impression Sunrise.

National Library of Australia
Parkes Place, Canberra 2600.
(02) 6262-1111.
Free entry.
Visit website for opening times and exhibitions.

National Portrait Gallery
King Edward Terrace, Parkes 2600.
(02) 6102-7000.
The National Portrait Gallery is closed for renovations for a few months. During this time we will have other local exhibition venues, an expanded online program (think interactive virtual excursions), and an array of travelling and outreach programs hitting the road! See what adventures beckon at

Greater Canberra

Belconnen Arts Centre
118 Emu Bank, Belconnen 2617.
(02) 6173-3300.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00, closed public hols.
June 13 to July 21 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Established in 1988, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize encourages both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture.

Anne-Marie Zanetti, Hidden Rooms Of Memory Welcome Me, from Doug Moran Portrait Prize. Courtesy the artist and Moran Arts Foundation

June 13 to July 21 Forgotten River by Badger Bates and Justine Muller – a timeline of the love artists Bates and Muller have for the Barka, or Darling River – ‘our mother and the blood in our veins’ – and its people, the Barkandji.

Badger Bates and Justine Muller, River of Hope, from Forgotten River. Photograph: Jason King Media. Courtesy the artists and Belconnen Arts Centre

Humble House gallery
93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick 2609.
(02) 6228-1988.
Wed-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.
Through June Kathleen Rhee, Kylie Fogarty, Michaela Laurie, Li Xinsheng and Wang Fangcheng.

Strathnairn Arts
90 Stockdill Drive, Holt 2615.
(02) 6254-2134.
Free entry, all welcome.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
May 30 to June 23 Gallery 1: Ceramic works by Trenna Langdon.
June 15 to July 14 (opening Sat June 15, 2pm) Wool Shed gallery: 3 Sculptures, 3 Spaces – Shaun Hayes, Michael Le Grand and Peter Vandermark. Thurs-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat-Sun, 12.00 to 3.00.

Tributary Projects
Unit 9, Molonglo Mall, 105 Newcastle Street , Fyshwick 2609.
Thurs-Sun 11.00 to 5.00, or by appt.