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Here are some of the blockbuster exhibitions planned for summer in Canberra

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In great news for culture vultures, Canberra’s galleries and cultural institutions have now reopened with reduced capacity.

What’s more, many institutions have also announced their summer blockbuster exhibitions and events for Summer 2021/22—and there are some crackers to look forward to!

Here’s what to put in your diaries…

National Museum of Australia: Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes

History lovers who have been unable to visit Europe’s galleries and museums will be thrilled by what the National Museum of Australia (NMA) is offering up this summer.

Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes will feature more than 170 objects from the British Museum, including sculptures, paintings, jewellery, vases and statues.

“I know audiences will be mesmerised by the stories of competition in the ancient Greek world and by the beautiful depictions of athletes, the ceramics, sculptures, armour and jewellery featured in the show,” says National Museum of Australia Director, Dr Matthew Trinca.

Opening on 17 December, the exhibition will form part of the NMA’s 20th birthday year and tickets can be bought now at

National Gallery of Australia: Jeffrey Smart

Jeffrey Smart, Self portrait, Procida, 1950-51, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2016, © The Estate of Jeffrey Smart.

Modern art lovers—run, don’t walk to book a ticket to the National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA) major summer blockbuster—a retrospective of works by acclaimed Australian artist Jeffrey Smart.

Opening Saturday 11 December, the exhibition will feature more than 100 works of art by the Adelaide-born artist and tickets can be booked now at

National Portrait Gallery: Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize 2021

Mullet Magic 2020 by Leith Alexander.

Most of us probably aren’t too keen on re-living 2020, but when told through portraits of the faces of people from all over the country during that period, the result is quite captivating and breathtaking.

For the past 13 years, the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) has held the annual National Photographic Portrait Prize, inviting photographers from around the country to submit a portrait showcasing what it meant to be Australian during that year.

There were more than 3,000 entries this year, which is on par with the highest number of entries in the prize’s history, which made for a big job for the three judges: National Gallery of Australia Director Nick Mitzevich, NPG Director Karen Quinlan AM, and renowned Australian photographer Bill Henson.

Luckily for you, the photographs of all 76 finalists are being exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery daily until 16 January.

See for tickets and more information.

National Film and Sound Archive: Australians & Hollywood

The impact of Australians on Hollywood’s silver screens will be explored when Australians & Hollywood: A Tale of Craft, Talent and Ambition opens at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA).

In what is being billed as one of the NFSA’s most ambitious exhibitions to date, Australians & Hollywood “celebrates Australia’s contemporary cinematic, acting and filmmaking success”.

Staying true to the NFSA’s unique blend of object and audiovisual elements, the exhibition will feature footage, costumes and objects from across a number of tightly-held collections, including the NFA’s own archives.

While no opening date has been announced yet, keep an eye on for updates.

Feature image: (from left) Sid and Fiona Myer Curator of Australian Art Rebecca Edwards, Director Nick Mitzevich and Henry Dalrymple Head of Australian Art Deborah Hart are pictured with Jeffrey Smart’s Labyrinth (left) and Waiting for thetrain (right).


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