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From Tuesday 2 June, The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) will welcome visitors back to its hallowed halls.
Following advice from the ACT Government, the NGA will allow up to 20 visitors at a time through its doors.
“We are excited to be able to lift the covers off the art and once again share our collection and exhibitions with everyone,” says National Gallery Director Nick Mitzevich. “People have been asking when they can come back and it’s great to be able to name the date.”
“Art has been a salvation for many people in these uncertain times and we know immersion in art and culture will play an important role in bringing our local and national community back together.”
To gain entry, visitors will need to pre-register for timed ticketed sessions, and once in the Gallery they will follow a signposted route through a limited selection of exhibitions, including Belonging: Stories of Australian Art, XU ZHEN®: ETERNITY VS EVOLUTION (pictured above) and the International Art collection display. All other exhibitions and galleries will remain closed.
Guests will be asked to provide their first name and a contact phone number for contact tracing purposes, with the gallery ramping up additional cleaning measures while making sure guests don’t travel through smaller spaces.
There will also be sanitiser stations throughout the building.
“We will, of course, be ensuring a controlled environment that will safeguard the health and well-being of visitors,” says Nick.
“The gallery experience will be a little different as we work through the next couple of months, but the safety of visitors and minimising the risk of infection is our main priority.”
“We ask for your understanding during this time. The important thing is we all play our part to protecting each other and the community as together we reinvigorate Australia’s vibrant cultural and creative sector.”
To book a timeslot and for more information on the gallery’s safety measures, see nga.gov.au/covid-19.
Feature image: XU ZHEN®: ETERNITY VS EVOLUTION, installation view featuring European Thousand-Armed Classical Sculpture 2014 (ed. 2/3).