Canberra is home to an extensive number of gallery and exhibition spaces, showcasing the works of talented local artists and cultural collections. We’ve put together a long list of galleries that are sprinkled in and around Canberra that a worthy of a peek – and best of all, general admission is free!
Galleries in or near the city
Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, Braddon – a multi-arts environment and music hub. Phone 02 6182 0000.
Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Braddon – offering a regular program of exhibitions and performance, this sophisticated space highlights progressive visual artists’ work. Phone 02 6247 0188.
Canberra Museum and Gallery, City – a celebration of Canberra’s social history and visual arts. Both permanent and changing exhibitions. Phone 02 6207 3968.
Nishi Gallery, New Acton – local, national and international visual art exhibitions and performances. Phone 02 6287 6287.
Craft ACT: Craft & Design Centre, City – exhibits across craft and design, plus a retail store. Phone 02 6262 9333.
Drill Hall Gallery, Acton – a venue of choice for many of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, curators and collectors, all within a heritage-listed building. Exhibitions are also developed in conjunction with the ANU School of Art. Phone 02 6125 5832.
Burrunju Art Gallery, Acton – a mix of traditional, contemporary and affordable art on display. Phone 02 6251 4371.
ANU School of Art and Design Gallery, Acton – exhibitions reflect the international profile of the ANU School of Art. Events, lectures, conferences and special programs. Phone 02 6125 5841.
National Portrait Gallery, Parkes – an impressive array of portraits and themed exhibits. Admission is free, though special exhibition entry costs may apply. Phone 02 6102 7000.
National Gallery of Australia, Parkes – world-class permanent and major special exhibitions. Also has the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection in the world. Admission is free, though special exhibition entry costs may apply. Phone 02 6240 6411.
Galleries in Kingston or Manuka
Canberra Glassworks, Kingston – a contemporary glass centre where you can watch professional glass artists at work. Beautifully housed in the Kingston Power House. Phone 02 6260 7005.
Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, Kingston – contemporary artworks by local and visiting artists. Exhibitions focus on screen printed artworks, fabric lengths and limited edition works on paper. Phone 02 6232 6041.
Nancy Sever Gallery, Kingston – a lively program of visual art exhibitions by experienced gallery curator, Nancy Sever. Phone 02 6239 5434.
M16 Artspace, Griffith – three galleries and 28 artist studios. Exhibitions change every three weeks. Phone 02 6295 9438.
PhotoAccess at the Manuka Arts Centre, Manuka – photographic and lens-based art, as well as digital and film photography courses. Phone 02 6295 7810.
Bilk Gallery for contemporary metal and glass, Manuka – showcasing contemporary metal and glass exhibitions, plus jewellery for sale. Phone 02 6162 2761.
Galleries in the suburbs
Beaver Galleries, Deakin – Canberra’s largest privately-owned commercial gallery, with artwork for sale. Phone 02 6282 5294.
Chisholm Street Gallery, Ainslie – an eclectic collection across fabric, ceramics and jewellery, plus local exhibitions. Phone 02 6247 8042.
Gallery of Small Things, Watson – a tiny gallery featuring makers and designers who love texture, form and things fabulous and small. Phone 0422 263 533.
Canberra Potters Watson Arts Centre, Watson – solo and group exhibitions from emerging and established artists. Phone 02 6241 1670.
Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery, Gold Creek, Nicolls – an extensive collection of Aboriginal art from remote art regions. Part of Canberra’s art scene for 30 years. Phone 02 6230 2922.
ANCA Gallery, Dickson – an artist-run initiative with a varied exhibition program supporting contemporary visual art. Phone 02 6247 8736.
Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen – located on the shores of Lake Ginninderra and featuring local contemporary artist works, as well as music, dance, theatre and talks. Phone 02 6173 3300.
Strathnairn, Holt – two gallery spaces featuring artists’ works in a variety of mediums. Phone 02 6254 2134.
Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Tuggeranong – two galleries host art exhibitions, plus a theatre and dance program. Phone 02 6293 1443.
Galleries in the region
Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, Bungendore – a showcase of the skill and art of Australia’s wood workers. Phone 02 6238 1682.
Bungendore Fine Art, Bungendore – landscapes, street scenes, impressionist and more. Talk to a local artist when you visit. Phone 02 6238 1640.
Tootsie Fine Art and Design Studio, Yass – a lovingly restored art deco building to display handcrafted works. Phone 0447 225 524.
Paul Kowalski Photography Gallery, Bungendore – stunning Australian landscape photography. Phone 0423 597 371.
Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore – local and international artists and designers are featured. Phone 02 6238 1398.
Nullarbor Nights Knitwear Gallery, Queanbeyan – art-to-wear and other textile pieces. By appointment only. Phone 0423 761 707.
Old Saint Lukes Studio, Gundaroo – wood-fired ceramics in an historic stone building. Phone 02 6236 8197.