Tag Archives: National Gallery

Vigil to highlight Turnbull cuts to culture funding


Lobby group Fair Go for Canberra will stage a candlelight vigil on Thursday to highlight coalition funding cuts to national cultural institutions.
The Unenlighten Festival will take place on the lawn between Questacon and the National Gallery at 6pm.
The group claims the Turnbull government has cut $60 million in funding from national cultural institutions, coming on [...]

Sculpture Bar Thursdays

By 15 January 2014

[ 16 January 2014 at 5:00 pm; ]

Some good news from the National Gallery:

Join us for the opening of the Chandon Sculpture Bar next Thursday, 16 January at 5 pm!

Enjoy a range of Peruvian-inspired food and drinks and relax to tunes by local DJs.

Gold and the Incas at the National Gallery. A review

By 5 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The National Gallery’s new summer show is opening tomorrow and RiotACT was lucky enough to be invited to join the media horde at today’s preview.
This exhibition, really truly is a must see over the coming summer.
It’s full of sex and death and beauty and, of course, gold.
In our mass produced highly machined age you sometimes [...]

Gallery claims a whole Canberra worth of visitors

By 2 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The National Gallery have announced the results of this year’s blockbusters:
The National Gallery of Australia today announced that the Turner from the Tate: The Making of Master exhibition attracted 153, 627 visitors from all over Australia to Canberra, bringing the total number of visitors to the Gallery’s two major exhibitions this year to 323,828.
The exhibition [...]

The Incas coming to the National Gallery

By 6 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 6 December 2013 to 21 April 2014. ]

Andrew Barr has announced that the last Gallery blockbuster for 2013 will be: Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru.:

This new exhibition – which I launched this morning – is a one-off exclusive to Canberra. It will open in December and run over the first three months of next year.

It will provide another compelling [...]

Kentridge exhibition coming to the National Gallery

By 12 August 2013

[ 5 October 2013 to 3 November 2013. ] The National Gallery have announced they’re bringing a William Kentridge retrospective to town:

William Kentridge (born 1955) is a major figure in contemporary art, who has established an international reputation as a gifted figurative artist. Working in the tradition of William Hogarth and Honoré Daumier, Kentridge explores themes of the society in which he lives, [...]

Glenn Murcutt at the National Gallery

By 8 August 2013

[ 4 September 2013 at 6:00 pm; ]

The National Gallery has word the the rock star of Australian Architecture Glenn Murcutt is coming to talk.

For the past 17 years the ACT Chapter of the Australian Architects Institute and the National Gallery of Australia have been presenting the engaging and exciting Contemporary Australian Architects Speaker Series sponsored by BCA Certifiers, which showcases [...]

Turner Extended!


The National Gallery has the thrilling news that the season for their Turner From The Tate exhibition is being extended:
The National Gallery of Australia today announced that the Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master exhibition season will be extended by one week, now closing at 5pm on Sunday 15 September 2013.
‘We are [...]

On James Turrell


The Economist is heaping praise on the artist James Turrell:
For nearly half a century, Mr Turrell has toyed with light and space. His work earned him a so-called MacArthur “genius grant” in 1984. Standing in a space designed by Mr Turrell can feel transcendental, like being transported to an otherworldly dimension. “You don’t have [...]

Lichtenstein at the National Gallery


[ 20 July 2013 to 27 January 2014. ]

Roy Lichtenstein is seriously cool. And so are The Pixies. So I’m writing this review listening to The Pixies and I recommend you read it doing likewise.

If your life is so sad and pathetic as to have none of The Pixies music in it, then here; I’ve got some for you:

There you go, you owe [...]

Blockbuster exhibition at blockbuster prices

By 15 July 2013

Being footloose and fancy free at the weekend a friend and I agreed to have an afternoon out at the latest blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery. I’m a regular at these things – getting my fill of travelling culture that I may never get the chance to see again.
Anyhow, my thirst for culture [...]

Raiders Lime getting into our water supply


Holden Caulfield has sent us these rather disturbing images:
Raiders premiership!
Why didn’t someone tell me the Raiders won the premiership this year? At least that was the first thought that entered my mind when I saw this lime green water at the National Gallery yesterday afternoon.

Turner from the Tate at the National Gallery. A review


[ 1 June 2013 to 8 September 2013. ]

Barcham and I went down to the media preview of the National Gallery’s upcoming blockbuster show Turner from The Tate, The Making of a Master this morning.

It didn’t really justify both of us going, we just both wanted to see it. We were not alone as it was one of the most well attended media [...]

Diamonds at the National Gallery. Images of Canberra

By 20 May 2013

Peter has sent this in:
While walking around the lake this pm, I walked past this.
It is of course the National Gallery’s Diamonds by Neil Dawson.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to .

Toulouse-Latrec makes the Gallery’s top 10

By 3 April 2013

The National Gallery is sharing the numbers for the recently concluded Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition:
The National Gallery of Australia today announced that the Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge exhibition attracted 170 201visitors from all over Australia to Canberra, making it one of the Gallery’s Top 10 visited exhibitions ever.
The exhibition closed on Tuesday 2 April 2013, [...]

George Stubbs paintings for the Gallery?

By 2 April 2013

The National Gallery has announced they’re buying two 18th Century George Stubbs paintings:
A portrait of the Kongouro (Kangaroo) from New Holland and a companion painting, A portrait of a large Dog from New Holland (Dingo) were painted by Stubbs in 1772 in response to a commission by naturalist Sir Joseph Banks. The small works have [...]

Should the feds stump up for cultural competition?

By 7 March 2013

Michael Brand of the Art Gallery of New South Wales says he is going to go to the feds cap in hand and ask for a contribution to the gallery’s plans to double in size by 2021 at a cost of many millions of private philanthropy dollars/taxpayer dollars.
It will be interesting to see how the [...]

The sphere outside the National Gallery. Images of Canberra


I took this shot on Friday night and decided it was too good not to share.
Now if anyone can tell me what the name of the work and the artist is that would be great as I’ve scanned the National Gallery’s online collection in two different ways (and it takes some time) with no result.
Got [...]

NGA’s Cones go up in value

By 27 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

News has the sad development that sculptor Bert Flugelman has died age 90.
In Canberra he’s best known for the wildly popular Cones sculpture in the National Gallery sculpture garden.
[Photo Courtesy Wikipedia]

Kastom, the art of Vanuatu at the National Gallery

By 7 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 8 February 2013 to 16 June 2013. ]

The National Gallery have announced a new exhibition:

Vanuatu is very different from other Pacific nations. Traditional practices better known as Kastom remain strong even after a century of dual colonial religious influences. Kastom: Art of Vanuatu presents for the first time the unique collection of arts from this area held by the National Gallery [...]

NGA Nolans a hit in Ireland

By 22 January 2013

The ABC has a piece on the resounding success of the National Gallery’s Ned Kelly paintings on display in Dublin:
IMMA head of exhibitions Rachael Thomas says the show has been a resounding success.
“It’s really taken us by absolute surprise, it’s been an out and out success,” she said.
“We have had really unprecedented figures so [...]

The return of the Sculpture Bar to the National Gallery

By 16 January 2013

[ 18 January 2013; 25 January 2013; 1 February 2013; 8 February 2013; 15 February 2013; 22 February 2013; 1 March 2013; 8 March 2013; 15 March 2013; 22 March 2013; 29 March 2013; ]

This in from the National Gallery:

Rain, hail or shine the National Gallery of Australia Sculpture Bar in association with Veuve Clicquot re-opens for the summer this Friday 18 January in the new location of the Sculpture Garden Restaurant.

Toulouse-Latrec at the National Gallery, a review

By 13 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

The National Gallery’s big Centenary blockbuster “Toulouse-Lautrec, Paris & The Moulin Rouge“ opens to the public tomorrow, there’s a launch party for the shiny people tonight and this morning there was a media preview which I toddled along to.
If you already know about Toulouse-Lautrec then there’s not much more I need to say about it [...]

Turner to be the Winter Blockbuster at the National Gallery

By 7 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 1 June 2013 to 9 September 2013. ]

The official announcement is supposed to be at 10 this morning, but world+dog is reporting the National Gallery is putting on its first winter blockbuster in a decade and it’s going to be Turner. From Wikipedia:

Joseph Mallord William “J. M. W.” Turner, RA (23 April 1775 – 19 December 1851) was an English Romantic [...]

The big draw at the National Gallery this Sunday

By 26 October 2012

This in from the National Gallery:
The Big Draw 2012 will be held at the National Gallery of Australia on Sunday 28 October from 11am until 2pm. Big Draw is an annual event dedicated to exploring drawing in its many manifestations. Now firmly established on the Canberra calendar Big Draw provides a wonderful opportunity for [...]

The NGA Nolans heading to Ireland

By 18 September 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

The National Gallery is letting it be known they’re lending their holdings of Nolan’s Ned Kelly paintings to the Irish:
The National Gallery of Australia today announced a major international loan: the iconic Ned Kelly series by Sidney Nolan will travel to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin. Interest in exhibiting this ground-breaking, popular [...]

Divine worlds, Indian paintings at the National Gallery

By 31 August 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 1 September 2012 to 11 November 2012. ]

The National Gallery is giving notice of their new exhibition of Indian painting:

Divine worlds brings together masterpieces of Indian painting from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia. Dating from the 15th to the 20th century, the paintings range from exquisite intimate miniatures to vast hunting scenes, monumental pilgrimage maps and brilliantly coloured devotional [...]

Sydney Long, The Spirit of the Land at the National Gallery

By 16 August 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 17 August 2012 to 11 November 2012. ]

The National Gallery have announced their latest exhibition:

The National Gallery of Australia today opened Sydney Long The Spirit of the Land, the first major gallery retrospective of this important Australian artist. Sydney Long is Australia’s foremost Art Nouveau artist and created a highly distinctive style which often depicted the Australian landscape as haunting and mysterious, [...]

National Gallery’s Nataraja idol caught up in international scandal

By 5 August 2012

The Hindu is running hard on our National Gallery’s 11th century Chola period Nataraja bronze idol which they say was bought from Subhash Kapoor in 2008.
In reply to queries, the Gallery in a release said it purchased the idol from Kapoor “following a thorough due diligence process.”
It contacted the Indian High Commission in Canberra [...]

Toulouse-Lautrec the summer blockbuster for 2012-13


[ 14 December 2012 to 2 April 2013. ]

The National Gallery has announced Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge is the big summer drawcard coming up.

‘The National Gallery of Australia is excited to bring together Australia’s first Toulouse-Lautrec retrospective exhibition, showing only in Canberra. Together with our own collection of works, the exhibition will provide a comprehensive insight into the artistic life of [...]

Second National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery


[ 11 May 2012 to 22 July 2012. ]

The National Gallery has announced the opening of unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial:

unDisclosed features the work of 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from regional, remote and urban communities and is curated by Carly Lane, a Kalkadoon woman from North West Queensland with a background in curatorship, anthropology and art.

The artists featured [...]

The AIDS Candlelight Memorial

By 9 May 2012

[ 20 May 2012 at 6:00 pm; ]

The Aids Action Council are giving notice of their upcoming memorial ceremony:

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial honours the memory of all people affected by HIV and reignites community activism in the response to HIV. With 33 million people living with HIV today, the IACM serves as an important intervention for global solidarity, breaking down [...]

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