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Finding your place in the world exhibition

Finding your place in the world

Asian Photomedia

25 February – 20 July 2014 | Photospace gallery (Level 1)


The current display in the photography gallery is a selection of work by artists from South and Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Tibet and India. Ten years ago there were less than two hundred photographs in the collection from anywhere in Asia, with only about a dozen Asian-born photographers.

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Pushpamala N. Sunhere Sapne [Golden Dreams]: A photoromance #2 1998, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2006 © Pushpamala N.

Light Moves exhibition

Light moves

Australian contemporary video art

18 April - 20 July


This display highlights some of the newer additions to the national collection as well as the extensive video holdings collected over the past 40 years with monthly screenings of video art from the collection for the duration of the display.

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Daniel Crooks Pan No. 9 (dopplegänger) (detail) 2012, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2012

Garden of the East exhibition

Garden of the East

photography in Indonesia 1850s–1940s

21 February – 22 June 2014 | Orde Poynton and Project Galleries


In 1852, at the age of eighteen, Walter B Woodbury left behind his engineering apprenticeship in Manchester to try his luck halfway around the world in Australia’s Victorian goldfields. On arrival, he realised the easy pickings were gone and he took a variety of jobs, soon changing from a rather sheltered British ‘new chum’ into a seasoned colonial.

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Thilly WeissenbornBalineesch dansmeisj in rust (A dancing-girl of Bali, resting) c 1925 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2007