Current & forthcoming exhibitions

ANZAC Day Long Weekend hours
Canberra Museum and Gallery will be open Sat 26 and Sun 27 April: 12–5pm. Closed Fri 25 April.

Image: Elioth Gruner, 'Shelley Beach, Nambucca Heads' c1933

Elioth Gruner: the texture of light

Sat 8 March – Sun 22 June
Gallery 2/3

Elioth Gruner (1882-1939) is an artist whose work is long overdue for reassessment. He was an outstanding painter of the Australian landscape, celebrated in his lifetime, and was awarded the Wynne Prize for landscape painting seven times.

The exhibition includes seventy paintings, from the artist’s impressionist beachscapes and farmland views of the 1910s to the subtle and distinctive modernist landscapes of his maturity from the 1920s and 1930s, with a particular focus on Gruner’s remarkable visual explorations of the Canberra region: the Southern Highlands, the South Coast, Yass and the Murrumbidgee River valley, and the Cooma-Monaro plateau. Few artists have represented this corner of south-eastern Australia with such extraordinary clarity as Gruner,
who captured the quality of light, the rolling hills and the quiet austere beauty of our region.

A Canberra Museum and Gallery and Newcastle Art Gallery
partnership exhibition.

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Fuelling Ed Radclyffe

Sat 22 February – Sun 25 May
Open Collections Gallery

Ed Radclyffe is a visual artist and musician, whose two disciplines constantly overlap in a fusion of popular culture forms. As a member of the country-rockabilly trio, The Fuelers, Ed is well-known to Canberra audiences. His graphic work is equally identifiable — especially his imagery devoted to the promotion of the Canberra Roller Derby League.

Image: Sidney Nolan, 'Remembrances of my youth #14' 1987

Remembrances of my youth

Continues until 4 May
Gallery 5

Sidney Nolan produced many memorable paintings with mask-like heads as their central imagery, including the iconic Kelly series, 1945-47. The artist continued to paint works on the theme of the head and in 1983 he completed the Remembrance of my youth series, consisting of these 14 remarkable works.

The Nolan Collection is managed by Canberra Museum and Gallery on behalf of the Australian Government.

Image: Ham Darroch Suntrap. A circular arrangement of painted rabbit traps

Hamilton Darroch: Suntrap

Sat 5 April – Sun 8 June
Gallery 4

Hamilton Darroch’s sculptures have been created using objects long exposed to the elements in the Australian landscape in combination with colour harmonies and geometric patterns.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is Suntrap, a 2.5 metre, brilliantly coloured sculpture created from 40 vintage rabbit traps. For some time Darroch has been responding to the work of Sidney Nolan and this exhibition includes a work informed by one of CMAG’s Sidney Nolan paintings.

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Image: From MAX by Bob Graham. © 2000 Blackbird Design Pty Limited. Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Australia

A bird in the hand: a Bob Graham retrospective

Sat 17 May – Sun 24 August
Gallery 5

Bob Graham is one of Australia’s most eminent authors. His picture books, loved by generations of families, have won national and international awards throughout his 30-year career. This exhibition explores and celebrates his creative practice.

A unique opportunity to see precious sketch books, manuscripts, memorabilia, and illustrations from books including Greetings from Sandy Beach; Max; Let’s Get a Pup; and How to Heal a Broken Wing. These works and objects have been carefully selected from the artist’s studio and from the Lu Rees Archives, University of Canberra, a treasure trove of Australian children’s literature

Snap 100 — A Kid’s Eye View

Until Wed 30 April
On The Screen

Get a glimpse of how Canberra’s children saw the centenary of their city in 2013 in this display of photographs from finalists in the ‘Snap 100 — A Kids Eye View’ competition.

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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