Current & upcoming exhibitions

Therese Ritchie, 'Shortgrass people 2' 2003 (detail). Tourist photographs man painting a didgeridoo, seated on the manicured lawn of house number '666'

Not Dead Yet: Therese Ritchie and
Chips Mackinolty - A Retrospective

Sat 5 July – Sun 14 September
Gallery 2

Not Dead Yet presents a comprehensive survey of works by Darwin based pioneers of ‘alternative’ printmaking  in the Northern Territory,
Therese Ritchie and  Chips Mackinolty.

The exhibition features screenprints, posters, drawings, digital
collage works and limited edition fine art prints and paintings,
dating from 1969  to the present.

This is a powerful and persuasive body of graphic  art of protest, propaganda and people’s politics capturing the lives, landscapes and events of the
Northern Territory across several decades.

Curated by Anita Angel and toured by Charles Darwin
University Art Collection and Art Gallery.

A Charles Darwin University Art Collection and Art Gallery Touring Exhibition

Alison Alder, 'Carcass I' 2009. Black and white print featuring an abstract response to a cow carcass.

Alison Alder

Sat 5 July – Sun 14 September
Gallery 3

Alison Alder is one of the most accomplished artists in the Canberra region, having successfully combined dual careers as both artist and arts administrator – most recently as director of Megalo Print Studio + Gallery. Alder has a strong background in the production of political posters and this experience directly informs the work comprising this exhibition, which features the artist’s suite of prints, Carcass, 2009, from the CMAG collection. These works graphically reprise Sidney Nolan’s drought imagery of the same title, from 1953, which will also be on display.

Young David, Christina and Kerryn playing in the garden at Bonython St, Downer, under the shade of an umbrella. Image courtesy of the Ault Family Collection

Growing up in Downer

Sat 7 June – Sun 19 October
Open Collection Gallery

The Ault family came to Canberra in the early 1960s and made their home in the new suburb of Downer. Using historical material from the Ault Family Collection, Growing up in Downer tells the story of Christina Ault’s childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. Kept safe in a tea chest and cabin trunk for many years, this material gives a rich insight into a family, a suburb, and the growing city of Canberra.

Detail shot of the 'Placeholder' installation by byrd; geometric coloured shapes spraypainted over a cardboard structure


Sat 21 June – Sun 21 September
Gallery 4

Dan Maginnity is a Canberra artist working under the tag name ‘byrd’. Utilising elements of graffiti-influenced, hybrid imagery, byrd produces murals and commissioned works of astounding originality characterised by their distinctly urban origins. Placeholder has been conceived specifically for the CMAG project space, composed of two distinct components: a facsimile of suburban architecture, with a painted mural facade.



Ramp Showcase

Six Aboriginal artists from the Northern Territory and NSW made new work in 2013 for the Wave Hill/Jinparrak/Canberra Exchange and as a contribution to the Centenary of Canberra.

Five artists represented in the exhibition Michael Huddleston 'Garmarroongoo', Rachael Morris, Violet Wadrill, Biddy Wavehill and Jimmy Wavehill.

The 2013 Exchange was supported by the Canberra Centenary and the Megalo Art Development Fund.

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.

CAPO 2014

Sat 27 September – Sun 5 October
Gallery 2/3

Canberra’s Capital Arts Patrons Organisation presents its annual exhibition and auction of works by some of our region’s most exciting visual artists.

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 five 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.

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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