The National Gallery of Australia celebrates 25 years
Sunday 14 October 1–5 pm

Introduction | Open day events | Exhibitions | New acquisitions | Gift program


National Gallery of Australia near completion, front view, c. late 1980 National Gallery of Australia near completion, front view, c. late 1980

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the National Gallery of Australia welcomes the public to the Gallery and behind the scenes for a special afternoon of discovery.

Special guests and National Gallery of Australia staff will provide insights into key works of the national collection. Behind-the-scenes tours venture into the art conservation and photography labs, hidden art storage areas, the Gallery’s Library and executive and membership offices. Musical, dance and theatrical performances will be held throughout the gallery along with a full program of talks, workshops and activities for children. There is sure to be something for everyone!

The open day also provides an opportunity to see the recently refurbished National Australia Bank Sculpture Gallery, the new dedicated Pacific Arts Gallery, International and Australian art rehangs, a fresh contemporary art display in Project Gallery and models of the soon-to-commence reconstruction of the new front entrance.

Coinciding with the anniversary celebrations, Culture Warriors - the inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial - opens on Saturday 13 October, and will host a day of talks from fifteen of the participating artists. Two other special exhibitions available for viewing are: the elegant Black robe, white mist: art of the Japanese Buddhist nun Rengetsu and the unique and experimental Robert Rauschenberg: 1967–1978.

open day events

Governor-General's speech at the National Gallery of Australia Foundation reception 4 December 2007 >>


Night-time projection show
6pm–Midnight 9–15 October 2007

The National Gallery of Australia will come alive with a lighting presentation featuring iconic works of art, transforming the building façade through large format projections.