Past exhibitions

Exhibition
Finding the dry heart: Sidney Nolan’s early travels in Central Australia
27 November 2021—2 April

After completing the first Ned Kelly series in mid-1947, Sidney Nolan’s ambition to address the landscape and mythologies of Australia in a new way significantly expanded beyond his more familiar terrain of northern Victoria

The Piano Creatures: A Ragged Shore
Exhibition
22 May 2021—27 November 2021
The Piano Creatures: A Ragged Shore

The whimsical concept behind the imaginary microcosm presented within the glass walls of CMAG on the Square is that these creatures have, over time, evolved from discarded musical instruments

Threads of Policing
Exhibition
6 November 2021—8 February
Threads of Policing
Revised closing date

Threads of Policing is a rare opportunity to explore the varied work of the Australian Federal Police as reflected by stories of its members

Spowers and Syme
Exhibition
29 October 2021—12 February
Spowers and Syme

Celebrating the artistic friendship of Melbourne artists Ethel Spowers and Eveline Syme, Spowers & Syme presents the changing face of interwar Australia through the perspective of two remarkable women artists

Brenda L. Croft: ‘hand/made/held/ground’
Exhibition
29 October 2021—22 January
Brenda L. Croft: ‘hand/made/held/ground’

Mixed media installation hand/made/held/ground’ (2019) metaphysically maps Croft’s patrilineal relationship to Country, reimagining customary objects jimpila (spearhead) and kurrwa (stone axe) originally created on Gurindji homelands.

Mandy Martin From Queanbeyan to New York: 1978-1984 / Art & Life
Exhibition
29 October 2021—12 February
Mandy Martin From Queanbeyan to New York: 1978-1984 / Art & Life

Mandy Martin From Queanbeyan to New York charts the shifts in Martin’s practice between1978 to 1984, from the sensitive gouaches of her near neighbours and friends, to the expressive drama of the paintings that speak to her deep concern for the environment.

Ruth Lane-Poole: A Woman of Influence
Exhibition
10 July 2021—2 October 2021
Ruth Lane-Poole: A Woman of Influence

Ruth Lane-Poole’s articles on interior decoration in popular magazines in the mid-1920s introduced many homemakers to her ideas on good taste and practical design.

Natalie Rosin: Brutalism
Exhibition
21 June 2021—7 August 2021
Natalie Rosin: Brutalism

Natalie Rosin trained as an architect and following graduation began work in her profession while initiating an ambitious ceramics practice…

Don’t forget the Milk: Celebrating 50 Years of Canberra Milk
Exhibition
3 April 2021—31 July 2021
Don’t forget the Milk: Celebrating 50 Years of Canberra Milk

Proudly sponsored by Capitol Chilled Foods, this exhibition celebrates 50 years since the ACT Milk Authority was established

Exhibition
Sidney Nolan: Remembrances of my youth
20 March 2021—16 October 2021

Over 1982 and 1983 Sidney Nolan grew increasingly interested in the possibilities of working with spray paint on a large…

HABITAT: Ways of living
Exhibition
6 March 2021—19 June 2021
HABITAT: Ways of living

Examining imagery alluding to the built environment, HABITAT: Ways of living features works by artists from Canberra and around Australia

Anna Madeleine Raupach: Unequal hours
Exhibition
23 January 2021—15 May 2021
Anna Madeleine Raupach: Unequal hours

Through reference to the theme of temporality in both local systems and global phenomena - from the Canberra light rail…

Pride of Place: Julie & Andrew Carter's Australiana Ceramics Collection
Exhibition
12 December 2020—20 March 2021
Pride of Place: Julie & Andrew Carter's Australiana Ceramics Collection

Julie and Andrew Carter share an affinity for Australiana ceramics, yet as a husband and wife duo they have amassed vastly different collections

The Blade: Australia’s love affair with lawn
Exhibition
21 November 2020—20 February 2021
The Blade: Australia’s love affair with lawn

Australians love grass; kicking a footy, running under a sprinkler, having a barbeque in the backyard and spending time in the garden

Exhibition
Sign of the Times
21 November 2020—20 February 2021

In any city there are certain signs and places you walk past all the time—the milk bar, a record store…

Tom Campbell: r.a.m.p.
Exhibition
14 November 2020—13 February 2021
Tom Campbell: r.a.m.p.

r.a.m.p. (risk assessment management plan) is presented as a site-specific installation in the Ramp Showcase by emerging artist Tom Campbell

Richard Lewer: I can’t run away all my life sometimes I just have to stand and fight
Exhibition
10 October 2020—16 January 2021
Richard Lewer: I can’t run away all my life sometimes I just have to stand and fight

Artist Richard Lewer responds to the war memorials that line ANZAC Parade in this work installed as part of the…

Current exhibitions