Childrens gallery

Dates + times

4 Feb - 24 June 2012
Open 10.00 am – 5.00 pm every day




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Image detail above: John Baldessari
a sheet from Throwing three balls in the air to get a straight line (best of thirty-six attempts) 1973
artist book National Gallery of Australia, Canberra


PLAY celebrates artists who look at the world with a smile. An exhibition for the young and the young-at-heart, come discover a fantastical fountain and a gleeful tower of toys; a wrapped enigma and an invisible bird. We invite you to share a joyous journey to see the world afresh, with works by artists including John Baldessari, Mike Brown, Richard Tipping, Robert Rooney, Peter Tully and Louise Weaver.

Play embraces painting, photography, prints and sculpture from across the National Gallery of Australia’s remarkable collection. This exhibition reminds us of the importance of play in an artist’s practice, and in our lives.


Richard Tipping Sing 2004 print
Gordon Darling Australia Pacific Print Fund, 2008
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra