July/August 2020 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, closed public holidays.
To July 19 Artist in Residence: Natsuko Yonezawa.
July 22 to Aug 9 Artist in Residence: Jacqui Malins.
Aug 12 to 30 Supernatural Light Affinity – Yvette Hamilton, Ali Noble, Lisa Sammut and Helen Shelley.

Julie Mia Holmes and Elaine Camlin, Body of Matter, 2020, unique state etching with softground and spit bite, 14.5cm diameter. Photograph: Julie Mia Holmes. Courtesy the artists and ANCA Gallery

Canberra Museum and Gallery
Cnr London Circuit and Civic Square, Canberra City 2600.
(02) 6207-3968.
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 5.00.
To July 24 Seeing Canberra. As a city initiated as an imagined capital for the new Australian nation, Canberra has been a place that quickly invited visual representation. As it developed, artists have seen Canberra through different lenses, and these have shaped the way they understood and interpreted the evolving landscape. In this exhibition, drawn primarily from CMAG’s collection, visitors will journey through four key periods of the city’s development and for each, will encounter an object that represents a prism to understand a way of seeing at that time.

Dean Cross (Worimi descent, born and raised on Ngunnawal/Ngambri land)
b. 1986 lives Sydney and Sutton, 
Untitled Landscape (BOGONG MOTHS), 2018, pure pigment print on archival paper. Canberra Museum and Gallery Collection, Purchased 2020. Courtesy the artist and Canberra Museum and Gallery

Ongoing, The Nolan Collection – an iconic group of paintings from 1945 to 1953 by Sidney Nolan that the artist gifted to the Nation in 1974. The exhibition features photographs and original text following Nolan’s personal and creative journey from St Kilda lad, to sophisticated artist.
To Aug 1 Void. Read more…

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 2612.
(02) 6182-0055.
UPDATE: Open by appt only until further notice.


ANU Drill Hall Gallery
Kingsley Street (off Barry Drive), Acton 2601.
(02) 6125-5832.
Director: Terence Maloon.
UPDATE: ANUDrill Hall Gallery will be re-opening on July 31 with Tunnelvision, an exhibition of sculpture by James Rogers.

Nishi Gallery
17 Kendall Lane, Canberra 2601.
(02) 6287-6170.
Instagram: @nishigallery
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 6.30.

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.
Beaver Galleries is Canberra’s largest private gallery. Three spacious galleries, plus a dedicated print room, sculpture garden and gallery shop feature outstanding work by contemporary Australian artists.
July 23 to Aug 9 Nicola Dickson: Voyagers’ Tales – Baudin – paintings.
Also, Sophia Szilagyi – prints.
Aug 13 to 30 Melinda Schawel – works on paper.
Also, Jenny Orchard – ceramics.

Nicola Dickson, Imagining Malmaison, sulphur-crested cockatoo, acrylic and oil on linen, 76 x 76cm. Courtesy the artist and Beaver Galleries

Sophia Szilagyi, Sydney botanical 4, pigment ink on archival rag paper, 53 x 43cm. Courtesy the artist and Beaver Galleries

Canberra Glassworks
11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston 2604.
(02) 6260-7005.
Entry by donation.
Wed-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
To Sept 27 Duty of Care by Tony Albert. Albert’s latest exhibition Duty of Care features new works conceived and produced at Canberra Glassworks. Featuring stained glass windows and re-cast items of Aboriginalia, Albert reminds us that duty of care is a social contract, an obligation we all share to ensure the safety of others. In the 250th year since Captain James Cook changed the history of this continent forever, Albert urges his audiences to recognise the invisible forces that bind us and participate in urgent and necessary conversations that reckon with the past and path a way into our future together.

Tony Albert, work in progress from 2019 residency at Canberra Glassworks. Courtesy the artist, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney/Singapore and Canberra Glassworks

M16 Artspace
21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith 2603.
(02) 6295-9438.
Office: Wed-Sun 12.00 to 5.00.
At this point in time, all exhibitions will be going ahead in the digital or physical format.
July 23 to Aug 9 M16 Does Pizza: M16 Studio Artist’s Exhibition.

M16 Does Pizza, 2020. Courtesy M16 Artspace

Aug 13 to 30 On Show: Members of Canberra Art Workshop.
Also, Unstill Life by Justine McLaren, and OVER HEAD by Jess Higgins.

Justine McLaren, Quiet Growth, 2020, borosilicate glass, native water rush, 60 x 18 x 15cm. Photograph: Lean Timms HR. Courtesy the artist and M16 Artspace

Megalo Print Studio + Gallery
21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston 2604.
(02) 6232-6041.
UPDATE: Megalo will be partially reopening the studio doors, to members only, from July 14. Visit their website for online exhibition programming.

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.
Visit website for more exhibitions.

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

National Portrait Gallery
King Edward Terrace, Parkes 2600.
(02) 6102-7000.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
To Aug 8 Shirley Purdie: Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe. Read more…
To Sept 27 National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020.
Also, Darling Portrait Prize.

Scott Leggo Gallery
45 Jardine Street, Kingston, 2604.
(02) 6179-7422.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 3.00.
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Scott Leggo, Morning Fog. National Carillon, Aspen Island, Canberra, Australia. Courtesy the artist and Scott Leggo Gallery

Scott Leggo, Red Serenity. Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, Australia. Courtesy the artist and Scott Leggo Gallery

Greater Canberra

Belconnen Arts Centre
118 Emu Bank, Belconnen 2617.
(02) 6173-3300.
Check the website for opening updates during COVID-19 restrictions.
In 2020, we are celebrating the people who excite, inspire, challenge and provoke us to take action.
To Aug 16 F A C E unframed – an online exhibition. Artists have been invited from throughout Australia to respond to the idea of the face. The works in this open exhibition embrace the concept of the face; the age-old tradition of portraiture, be it with a classic or contemporary approach; how we look at ourselves; how we look at each other, or another’s gaze; our expression; our mask; or a window into who we are. Artists have been asked to embrace their imagination with a sense of play, boldness, experimentation, thoughtfulness or contemplation, exploring the theme of ‘face’ at A3 (29.7cm x 42 cm) on paper and unframed. Visit online and vote for your favourite work for the $500 People’s Choice Award:

Strathnairn Arts Galleries
90 Stockdill Drive, Holt 2615.
(02) 6254-2134.
Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 4.00, open by appt only.
To July 26 Bonjour and G’Day by Val Johnson – an exhibition of paintings from Johnson’s recent travels in France and outback Australia. An exhibition of contrast – the soft purples and greens of France, and the reds and oranges of outback Australia.
July 30 to Aug 23 SQUARES 2020: People’s Choice Exhibition.

Val Johnson, Rhythm of Purnululu, 2019, oil on canvas, 76 x 102cm. Courtesy the artist and Strathnairn Arts Galleries

Val Johnson, Cafe Des Arts Beziers France, January 2019, oil on canvas, 51 x 51cm. Courtesy the artist and Strathnairn Arts Galleries

Tributary Projects
Unit 9, Molonglo Mall, 105 Newcastle Street, Fyshwick 2609.
UPDATE: Tributary Projects is closed until further notice.