Current exhibitions


Image of swimming pool under lights

Urban suburban

Sat 7 March – Sun 21 June
Gallery 2/3

Comprised entirely of works from the Canberra Museum and Gallery visual arts collection, this exhibition explores urban and suburban Canberra. The works examine Canberra as a town and a city independent of the national monuments that define it as the Nation’s Capital.

From black-and-white photographs of the city from the 1960s through to the work of contemporary artists examining life in the suburbs, the exhibition reveals the rituals and experiences that enrich life in Canberra, and discovers thematic links between the diverse works in the Collection. The exhibition encompasses a range of media including printmaking, photography, painting and sculpture.

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the sex industry in the ACT

Sat 28 March – Monday 28 September 2015

Since the 1980s Canberra has been synonymous with sex in the minds of many Australians.
Twenty years have passed since it became legal to sell X-rated videos in the Australian Capital Territory.This exhibition explores the evolution of Canberra’s sex industry over the past 50 years.

The public is warned that some material displayed in this exhibition may cause offence.

For visitors 18 years and over.

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Glass Alphabet

Sat 14 March – Sun 22 November

This unique conceptual work was originally shown at Craft ACT and was instigated by curator, Mel George. The work is composed of 26 individual objects, each depicting one letter of the alphabet, which have been produced by some of the most prominent glass artists in the Canberra region.





Women’s Power to Stop War

Sat 21 February – Sun 31 May 2015

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) was founded in 1915. The ACT Branch (formed in 1982) has been involved in WILPF activities at all levels; from peace rallies in New York to anti-arms protests and lobbying for women to be peace negotiators in Canberra. This exhibition explores the contribution of these dedicated women to local, national,
and international peace movements.

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Samantha Small:


7 April - 5 July

This exhibition recalls the horrors of the
Somme battle-field of WW1 which coincided
with the emergence of the tank as a key armament on both sides of combat.

The artist’s point of departure was a toy tank of the period, which led her to reflect on the contrast between child’s play and the harsh realities of armed conflict.

Steven Holland, 'Monaro' 2001

Canberra Stories Gallery:
New Chapters


Artefacts from CMAG's permanent collection tell new stories about sport, leisure and community in the Canberra region.







Sidney Nolan, 'Under the pier' 1945

The Foundation Collection

The Nolan Collection Gallery

Works on display from the Foundation Collection by eminent Australian artist Sidney Nolan. This significant collection was donated to the people of Australia in 1974 and includes the Burke and Wills expedition, Under the pier and works from the Ned Kelly series.

Canberra Museum and Gallery manages the Nolan Collection on behalf of the Australian Government.

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