Current & upcoming exhibitions


Installation by Nell, featuring a sculpture of a woman in all black, in her hand a white cane, with numerous glass forms on the ground behind her

PULSE: Reflections on the body

Sat 18 October 2014 – Sun 22 February 2015
Gallery 2/3

Today as medical science increasingly employs prosthetics, the distinctions between the natural and the fabricated body is blurring more and more. From the everyday use of artificial teeth and spectacles, to the growing complexity of hearing implants, pacemakers and artificial limbs, we’re witnessing a significant shift in our understanding of what it is to be human.

PULSE: Reflections on the body, incorporates the work of twenty seven contemporary Australian artists. Consisting of an exhibition, a performance program, and a series of floor-talks and public conversations, the project is curated by Mark Bayly, CMAG’s Assistant Director, Exhibitions and Collections.

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James Lieutenant and Kate Vasallo

Sat 4 October – Feb 2015

Mistint paint is that which has been incorrectly mixed by a paint store and is consequently useless for its intended purpose. However, for Canberra-based artistic collaborators, James Lieutenant and Kate Vassallo, mistint paint is an abject material with inherent potential.

Black and white photograph of Lake Burley Griffin under construction in 1963. Photograph courtesy Rhoda Csucsy. Pat Purcell Photography.

Watershed: Lake Burley Griffin 1964 -2014

Sat 6 September – Sun 23 November
Gallery 5

This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of Lake Burley Griffin. It touches lightly on a time before the lake then explores the design and creation of Lake Burley Griffin and its special place in the heart of the Canberra community.


Down to the wire: Australian Police
peacekeeping in Cyprus

Sat 1 November 2014 – Sun 8 February 2015
Open Collections Gallery

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the first overseas mission undertaken by Australian police –peacekeeping in Cyprus with the United Nations.
This exhibition reflects on stories of bravery, courage, sadness, hope and friendship which have helped shape the Australian police experience in Cyprus.

Through these stories visitors will gain a glimpse into what it is like to work and live in a country that that has experienced internal racial turmoil which has split the island in two to form the Greek Cypriot south and the Turkish Cypriot north.

The exhibition will cover operational duties and well as work and social life on mission. Relationships with the Cypriot communities and peacekeepers from other nations will be explored through personal stories.

Delivered in partnership with the Australian Federal Police Museum, Canberra.

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

Click to view entire collection of Nolan works at the NEW web site

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