Best Canberra Art Exhibitions to Explore in 2024: Guide to the City’s Cultural Offerings

Canberra host a variety of exciting exhibitions in 2024. You can see everything from modern Australian art to fascinating ancient civilizations and the deep influences of French post-Impressionism.

These exhibitions are set to attract, teach, and inspire people of all ages — find out more about the top exhibitions right here!

National Gallery of Australia (NGA) highlights include Emily Kam Kngwarray's works and Paul Gauguin's "Gauguin’s World: Tōna Iho, Tōna Ao."
Interactive Exhibitions like "Discovering Ancient Egypt" at the National Museum of Australia offer digital insights into ancient cultures.
Diverse Art Forms at M16 Artspace and Canberra Museum and Gallery showcase contemporary art and historical narratives.

National Gallery of Australia (NGA)

This gallery offers a variety of impressive exhibitions:

  • Emily Kam Kngwarray: This exhibition showcases contemporary paintings by the Australian artist and runs until April 28, 2024.
  • Gauguin’s World: Tōna Iho, Tōna Ao: From June 29 to October 7, 2024, this exhibition offers a rare chance to experience 140+ works by the French Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin. Curated by Henri Loyrette, this exhibition explores Gauguin’s artistic journey, focusing on his time in French Polynesia and his profound engagement with Tahitian culture and landscapes. The exhibition includes significant contributions from international collections and has a symposium and cultural programs with the display.

National Museum of Australia

  • Discovering Ancient Egypt: Running until September 8, 2024, this exhibition offers digital interactives that bring new insights into ancient Egyptian culture. It’s designed to be an engaging experience that deepens the understanding of Egypt’s historical impact through immersive technology.

Canberra Museum and Gallery

  • Stephen Harrison: The Sphinx Bureau: From January 27 to May 26, 2024, this installation will reflect the artist’s 40 years of art practice.
  • Change: Stories from your pocket: Running from February 19 to August 31, 2024, this exhibition delves into the history of coinage, exploring its technological innovations and cultural significance.

M16 Artspace and Strathnairn Arts Association

  • All My Memories Are Mistranslations by Omar Musa: This solo exhibition at Humble House Gallery continues until June 2, 2024, and is part of a vibrant local arts scene that includes contemporary works and thematic explorations​.
  • Nature’s Way at Strathnairn Arts Association: Available until May 19, 2024, this exhibition will likely engage visitors with its focus on natural themes and artistic interpretations of the environment​.

National Portrait Gallery

  • Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence.: Running until May 27, 2024, this exhibition focuses on contemporary portraiture, offering insights into the ways portraiture continues to evolve and influence perceptions of identity and power.

Explore Art and History in Canberra!

Whether you’re a seasoned art lover or just starting to explore, each exhibition in Canberra offers a unique chance to connect with art and history in fresh and profound ways.

Take the time to visit these enriching displays and immerse yourself in Canberra’s diverse tapestry of human creativity and historical insight before the year ends.

Enjoy the journey through art and time at your own pace and discover something truly inspiring.

Grace Angelique

An accomplished Art News Journalist with a decade of experience, Grace has passionately covered global art events, exhibitions, and emerging trends. With a keen eye for aesthetics and a pulse on the art world's undercurrents, Grace has crafted compelling narratives that bridge art and its societal impacts. Her work has graced major publications, offering readers a fresh perspective on contemporary art and its evolving landscape.

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