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Current exhibition

Colour my world

3 April – 20 September 2015


This is the first exhibition dedicated to a significant aspect of recent Australian art: the handcoloured photograph. It draws together new acquisitions and rarely seen works from the collection by Micky Allan, Ruth Maddison, Warren Breninger, Julie Rrap, Janina Green, Christine Barry, Fiona Hall, Miriam Stannage, Robyn Stacey, Nici Cumpston, Lyndell Brown, Charles Green and Jon Cattapan.

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Robyn Stacey Untitled 1985–87, gelatin silver photograph, colour dye. Courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney (Detail)

Current exhibition


contemporary print culture

1 May – 6 September 2015


This eclectic selection of works embraces print in a dizzying array of forms: moving image and digital print, 'found' works cut from magazines, pieces that journal the passing of days and volumes revealing print's link with idea, word and story. Drawn from the gallery's collection, the assembled works are inquiring, anarchic, gentle and joyful. They reveal Australian print culture as an art form and a cultural phenomenon always restless and forever in flux.

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Minna Gilligan Different drum digital print, printed in colour inks, from one digital file on un-stretched fabric Gordon Darling Australia Pacific Print Fund, 2014 (Detail)

Current exhibition

Myth + magic

art of the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea

7 August – 1 November 2015


This exhibition is a rare opportunity to encounter masterpieces from the Sepik River, selected from Australian collections and the National Museum and Art Gallery of Papua New Guinea. Myth + magic features remarkable sculptures, masks and other objects made for ritual and performance, works of art that speak of a time and place where spirits and ancestors were integral to daily life.

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Papua New Guinea, East Sepik Province, 'Malu' plaque 19th century wood, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra purchased 1977 (Detail)

Future exhibition

Tom Roberts


4 December 2015 – 28 March 2016 Tickets on sale now


Experience the work of legendary Australian artist Tom Roberts this summer at the NGA in Canberra. This extraordinary exhibition brings together Tom Roberts' most famous paintings loved by all Australians. Paintings such as Shearing the rams (1888-90) and A break away! (1891) are among the nation's best known works of art. An exhibition for all Australians, it is not to be missed.

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Shearing the rams 1888-90 (detail) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Felton Bequest Fund, 1932