Blockbuster Exhibitions to See in Canberra this Fall


Calling all art lovers!

We may have said goodbye to Enlighten Festival’s lighting and installations, but that doesn’t mean we’ve said goodbye to art.

In fact, now is the time to check out Canberra’s blockbuster Autumn/Winter exhibitions, many of which have just opened.

Not sure where to go? Read more.

Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes | National Museum of Australia

The exhibition in one sentence: More than 170 objects have traveled to Canberra from the British Museum in London to showcase the competitive nature of the ancient Greek era – from sports to politics and music to warfare.

Why are we excited: The diversity of the exhibition ensures that there is something for everyone. The display of beautiful jewelry and pottery certainly caught our attention!

Things not to miss: An audio tour, narrated by Patricia Karvelas of ABC, will add an extra dimension to the experience, detailing the stories behind the objects and more of the fascinating history. For those enamored of this era – it’s a must.

Tickets are required upon entry.

Until May 1, 2022 | National Museum of Australia |

Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London |National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

The exhibition in one sentence: Some of the world’s most treasured portraits have arrived in Canberra in a unique collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery of London and our own: from Shakespeare to Winehouse, Malala to Diana, the exhibition takes the finest works to our own backyard.

Why are we excited: Not only are the subjects of phenomenal caliber, but the iconic artists responsible for some—think Warhol, Hockney, Freud—are just as remarkable. What a treat!

Things not to miss: There are the contemporary icons, of course, but the history on display is simply not to be missed – the portrait of William Shakespeare (presumably the only one painted from life) to a 1575 portrait of Queen Elizabeth I – and normally would you fly to London to see them!

Reservation is required before arrival.

Read the full story here.

March 12 – July 17, 2022 | National Portrait Gallery |

4th National Triennial of Indigenous Art: Ceremony | The National Gallery of Australia

The exhibition in one sentence: The National Indigenous Art Triennial returns to the National Gallery, with a program centered on ceremony – a concept central to the creativity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

Why are we excited: Not only does the exhibit provide an opportunity to discover First Nations art from around the country, but the opening weekend program also features art workshops for visitors to participate in. The full program of events can be found here.

Things not to miss: Ceremony artists will participate in several panel discussions during the opening weekend. If you can’t attend in person, you can stream them online here and here.

March 26 – July 31, 2022 | National Gallery of Australia |

Aquifer | Belco Arts

The exhibition in one sentence: Art, climate and water are key components of Belco Art’s latest program, which combines exhibitions and events that respond to the climate crisis.

Why are we excited: It’s art in a new way. Carbon Neutral, an episode in the Canberra Contemporary Arts Space, showcases the work of contemporary artists who leave no carbon footprint.

Until the end of May 2022 | Belco Arts |

Jeffrey Smart | National Gallery of Australia

The exhibition in one sentence: 2021 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Australian artist Jeffrey Smart, and to mark the centenary, the NGA is displaying some of his most memorable works.

Why are we excited: It’s smart, with a fresh lens. Attendees will see familiar works in a new way to celebrate their contribution to the global art community.

Things not to miss: For a real immersion into the abstract nature of Smart’s work, the gallery offers a collection of musical pieces that can be listened to as you walk through the exhibition. Bring your headphones and your device to gain access, with further instructions here.

Cards required.

Until May 15, 2022 | National Gallery of Australia |

Van Gogh is alive

The exhibition in one sentence: It’s the immersive art experience we can’t stop talking about: a sea of ​​sunflowers and moving images that bring Van Gogh to life in a whole new way.

Why are we excited: The Insta possibilities are everything, but the Sensory4TM zone combines music and images from famous Van Gogh works for the ultimate immersive experience.

Things not to miss: The field of sunflowers in an infinity room! Hello!

Reservation is required before arrival.

Until April 10, 2022 | National Triangle at Parkes Place Lawns |

On stage: our performing arts in the spotlight† National Library of Australia

Houston Rogers, Portrait of Sir Robert Helpmann as Oberon [detail]1954,

The exhibition in one sentence: There’s no such thing as show business, and this exhibition shines a spotlight on Australia’s performing arts history.

Why are we excited: An eye feast of posters, photographs, costume designs and scores from the 1790s to the present day, the exhibition shows items that have never been seen before and shows a hidden side of historyincluding faces and names lost over time.

Things not to miss: The oldest surviving Australian printed documentand the fan of Dame Nellie Melba!

Until Sunday 7 August 2022 | National Library of Australia, Park place†