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Admission is free to the permanent collection. Admission charges apply to special exhibitions. Children 16 years and under are free.
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top image: detail: Alice Whish 'Milky Way constellation' 2004 mild steel, powder-coated, Collection of the National Gallery of Australia. Part of the Transformations exhibition
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Exhibitions and events
Sunday 18 December 2–3pm
Canberra Chordsmen celebrate the festive season with a range of traditional and Australian Christmas carols. Gallery foyer
the language of craft
11 November 2005 – 29 January 2006
This exhibition includes the recent work of 85 leading international and Australian artists forging new expressions within the fields of glass, ceramics, textiles, furniture, jewellery and metalwork.
Saturday 14 January 2–3pm
2pm Keiko Amenomori-Schmeisser, artist
2.20pm Meredith Hinchliffe, Canberra arts writer
2.40pm Kirstie Rea, artist
Exhibition ticket required, exhibition galleries
Against the grain:
the woodcuts of Helen Frankenthaler
26 November 2005 – 5 February 2006
Helen Frankenthaler was a key figure in the New York art scene during the 1950s. She was one of only a handful of women artists who successfully contributed to an artistic territory dominated by such giants as Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning.
Against the grain features a selection of woodcuts which are notable for their scale, colour and textural qualities, along with printmaking elements used to make them. The works are all drawn from the Kenneth Tyler Print Collection.
Papua New Guinea
8 October 2005 – 15 January 2006
After generations of colonial rule, the free nation of Papua New Guinea was established in 1975. This exhibition celebrates 30 years of independence of Australia’s nearest neighbour. Stories and images, both traditional and imaginary, are recorded in pen, pencil, woodcuts and screenprints – all new forms of expression to artists from the region.
War: the prints of Otto Dix
17 December 2005 - 30 April 2006
War: The prints of Otto Dix showcases Otto Dix’s war portfolio Der Krieg of 1924, a collection of 51 etchings with aquatint which is regarded as one of the great masterpieces of the twentieth century.
Consciously modelled on Goya’s equally famous and equally devastating Los Desastres de la Guerra [The disasters of war], the portfolio captures Dix’s horror of, and fascination with, the experience of war
Tuesday 10 January 12.45pm
An introduction to the exhibition by Mark Henshaw, Curator, International Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books. Project Gallery
Friday 6 January 2pm
‘Lemony Snicket: a series of unfortunate events’
DVD, 2000, 100 min.
10 and 11 January 10–11.30am, 2–4pm
‘Treasure in a box:
form, space and design’
Discover and handle treasured art objects from one of the Wolfensohn Gift suitcases and make your own art with Gallery educators. (10–11.30am ages 3–6 accompanied by an adult, 2–4pm ages 7–12). $20; $15 members. Bookings essential
Grace Cossington Smith
This retrospective exhibition traces Grace Cossington Smith’s artistic development through paintings and drawings, as well as through her many sketchbooks to reveal an artist of considerable depth, insight and spirituality.
No ordinary place: the art of David Malangi
Made famous by his design used on the Australian one dollar note, Malangi painted over a period of four decades.
place made: Australian print workshop australianprints.gov.au
The Gallery has recently acquired the APW’s Archive 2 of workshop proofs. 100 prints from 50 major artists who have worked with the APW since its inception have been selected from this major archive for place made: Australian Print Workshop.
art of shopping
The perfect place for your christmas shopping.
Indulge yourself in the art of shopping at the Gallery Shop, with such a unique range of beautifully designed products and creative gift items; you are sure to find just what you're looking for.
Indigenous arts and craft – books and catalogues – calendars and diaries – prints and posters - jewellery – fine art cards – toys – designer objects – accessories
Gallery Shop open 7 days 10am–5pm
The NGA Café is the ideal place for great coffee and a delicious meal prior to exploring the riches of the Gallery’s collection. Open daily from 10am–4.30pm.
Enjoy one of Canberra’s most pleasant dining experiences, in the tranquil setting of the sculpturegarden restaurant, with excellent food and wine it is the perfect place for lunch or weekend brunch.
art of events
conferences • cocktail parties • corporate lunches & dinners • weddings
phone +61 2 6240 6711.
Preview the 2006 exhibition program at nga.gov.au/exhibitions/future.html
Indonesia 19th century 'Container for a talisman [kelongsong azimat]' gold, silver, cinnabar, Collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Gift of Robyn, John and Simeran Maxwell 2005 Part of the upcoming Crescent Moon: Islamic art & civilization in Southeast Asia exhibition. Click for more