Free exhibition celebrates 20 years of art and history at Canberra Museum and Gallery

Amy M 2 February 2020

Artworks by George Ingham and Matthew Harding, on display at Canberra Museum and Gallery. Photo: CMAG Facebook page.

The Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) is marking its milestone 20th birthday with a free exhibition featuring almost 200 works of art.

Opened earlier this week (24 March), the exhibition, titled Celebration: 20 years of collecting visual art at CMAG, features historical and contemporary Canberra region art by more than 100 established and emerging artists.

Some of the Gallery’s very first purchases are on display, including Jaishree Srinivasan’s ceramic Vanity Box of 1995. Other highlights include Frank Hinder’s lithograph, Office staff, Canberra of 1942, which was gifted to CMAG in 2018.

Speaking at the official opening, Minister for the Arts and Community Events Gordon Ramsay said the exhibition celebrated the artists, arts workers, donors and supporters who have made CMAG’s 6,500+ strong collection possible.

“The Gallery collection is remarkable, not only for the artistry and insight inherent to the individual objects it holds, but also for the rich patterns of connection that can be drawn between them,” he said.

“An exhibition such as this would not exist without the creative vision and labour of more than 100 artists who have created these objects, the trusted teachers and mentors they have worked alongside, and the community of support that surrounds them.

“I encourage both Canberrans and visitors to enjoy this wonderful exhibition, and the insight it provides into the breathtaking visual art of our region.”

Celebration commemorates 20 years of collecting visual art at CMAG.

At the opening it was also announced that CMAG has received extra private funding from former Cultural Facilities Corporation Chairman and arts patron, Mr John Hindmarsh AM. The funding will support artists exhibiting in the Gallery’s newly named Hindmarsh Project Space in Civic Square and will help create even bolder works of art through materials support and enhanced promotion.

Celebration: 20 years of collecting visual art at CMAG will be on display from 24 March 2018 until 17 June 2018. For more information, visit

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