Current exhibitions


BW photograph of cars travelling over bridge in 1964

INK REMIX: Contemporary art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

Fri 3 July – Sun 18 October

Contemporary ink art has emerged as one of the most important artistic trends in recent years in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. It has attracted significant attention internationally, and this is the first exhibition presented in Australia to respond to developments in ink art from across this region.

In the West, ink art is commonly associated with traditional forms of Chinese painting and calligraphy. This exhibition offers new ways of thinking about ink as a contemporary, dynamic, and diverse form of visual expression. Rather than focusing on the medium, practice, or the tradition of ink art, this exhibition explores the idea of ink as a contemporary form of visual representation that connects the past, present and future. It features more than 35 works of art from 14 artists produced in diverse media including: Coca-cola, tea, biro, ink jet prints, photography, video and animation.


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Fashion and Fantasy:

21st century fashion dolls

Sat 12 Sept – Sun 22 November

An exhibition of fashion dolls from the collection of Julie Manley.A display of over 500 dolls dressed in historical fashion, ethnic clothing and couture, including costumes from film and television series.
Julie started collecting fashion dolls in 2000, repainting and customising all in some way. Many of the outfits have been designed and made
by the collector.

Room Brochure

Rolley Mintuma, Kali, c.1998, Ngalta: (Desert Kurrajong), Acrylic paint, 590x25x355mm

Punuku Tjukurpa

Sat 9 October – Sun 29 November

Punuku Tjukurpa is an exhibition of works from the Maruku Arts archive at Mutitjulu near Uluru in the Northern Territory. It features punu and walka boards created by three generations of Anangu (central and western desert people) from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, Ngaatjatjarra Lands and Ngaanyatjarra Lands.

Punuku Tjukurpa includes eighty-eight punu works featuring burnt designs on carved wooden forms. Works presented range from piti (wooden bowls), miru (spear throwers), tjara (shields), kulata (spears) to beautiful carvings of desert birds and animals.

In Punuku Tjukurpa, Anangu share their culture, knowledge and the Law that forms the basis for the intricate designs and markings and the stories that accompany them.

This is an Artback NT touring exhibition developed in partnership with Maruku Arts. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory bod




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.





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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