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In the wake of the Black Death in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance was birthed, resulting in an explosion of art, science and technological development.

Whilst it will be years before we see the full effects of COVID on creativity and human development, the reopening of art galleries across Canberra means we are one step closer.

With 2020 presenting innumerable paradigm shifts repivoting how we view the world, culture is bound to mirror these developments.

Thus, we’ve rounded up some of the greatest exhibitions to explore all the artistic and technological displays Canberra has on offer across Summer 2020/21.

National Gallery of Australia

Yvette Coppersmith Nude self portrait, after Rah Fizelle 2016, oil on linen, 91.5 (H) x 66.0 (W) cm, Private collection, © Yvette Coppersmith.

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now

Know My Name seeks to restore the hegemonic masculinity written into narratives about art, showcasing more than 300 works created by women.

Through showcasing art from different periods, stylistic backgrounds and cultures, Know My Name empowers the female voice in all its complexity.

Until 4 July 2021 | nga.gov.au/exhibitions/knowmyname

The Body Electric

Following in the theme of female empowerment and liberation, The Body Electric presents works capturing sex, pleasure and desire.

Working to disrupt the fetishization of sex and empower female sexuality, the exhibition seeks to capture women’s erotic experience, intimacy and the emotional experience of love.

Until 26 January 2021 | nga.gov.au/bodyelectric

Bookings: The National Gallery is open however it currently has timed entry slots of two hours. Bookings are essential and can be made online at nga.gov.au/covid-19.

National Portrait Gallery

Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews. Gift of John McLean 2008.

Pub Rock

Explore nostalgic narratives of 70s and 80s music by admiring a series of staged portraits and publicity shots displaying the grunge and exuberance of the pub rock scene.

Leaving no stone unturned, this exhibition captures artists such as Paul Kelly, AC/DC, Kylie Minogue, INXS and more.

If COVID has you missing dancing to live music, the quality of the images is impressive enough that you can almost smell the sweat coming off the photographs.

Showing until Sunday 14 February 2021 | portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/pub-rock-2020

Before Hand

Dive deeper into the stories behind iconic portraits at the National Galleries newest exhibition featuring the interviews of artists and sitters at Before Hand.

Featured portraits include photographer Narelle Autio’s portrait of champion cyclist Anna Meares, David Rosetsky’s double-exposure portrait of Australian singer and actress Jessica Mauboy, Peter Brew-Bevan’s working scrapbook for his portrait of dancer and ballet director David McAllister and the transparency drawings that allowed Evert Ploeg to construct his portrait of scientist Derek Denton.

Showing until 14 February 2021 | portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/beforehand-2020

Bookings: The National Portrait Gallery requires patrons to pre-book their visit so they can manage restricted capacity. You can book online at portrait.gov.au/calendar/timed-ticketing.

Museum of Australian Democracy

Corona Parliament by Chris Downes, Hobart Mercury, 25 August 2020.

Behind the Lines 2020: A Dog’s Breakfast

The annual exhibition of the best political cartoons and their discourses around political and social issues is back again this year at MoAD.

After a year that no one could have anticipated, the exhibition explores the creative commentary of some of Australia’s best cartoonists on events including the summer bushfires and COVID-19.

Showing until 15 November 2021 | behindthelines.moadoph.gov.au

Behind the Lines 2020: The year’s best political cartoons



Bookings: MOAD allows you to book a General Museum Pass online at moadoph.gov.au/visiting.

National Museum of Australia

Museum curator Shona Coyne in front of an installation of spears made by Rod Mason, Senior Dharawal Elder.

Endeavour Voyage

This exhibition explores the HMB Endeavour and its 1770 voyage to Australia, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the ship’s passage.

Travel back in time to discover the full story of the Endeavour and its arrival in Australia, where the NMA has strived to unearth silenced voices on the journey and make the portrait painted of Australia at this time more comprehensive.

Until 26 April 2021 | nma.gov.au/exhibitions/endeavour-voyage

Talking Blak to History

Expanding upon their commitment to provide a holistic picture of Australian history, Talking Blak to History displays artefacts intimately associated with First Australian history in the aftermath of the colonisation period.

It aims to depict topics such as land rights, sovereignty, the Stolen Generations and deaths in custody.

Open Now | nma.gov.au/exhibitions/first-australians/talking-blak

A Portrait of Australia

Discover the Stories through the lens of Australian Geographic exhibition that celebrates the bush, the outback, the coast and the people who live there.

In a time where travel is limited, walking through the exhibition hall and admiring the beautiful large-scaled prints will take you to the rugged lands and remote nooks and crannies of the Australian outback.

Showing until 8 March | nma.gov.au/exhibitions/portrait-of-australia

Bookings: For the Endeavour exhibition, you can book a free, timed ticket online at onlinesales.centaman.net/NMA. Whilst bookings are not essential, due to COVID capacities they are strongly encouraged.

The Australian War Memorial

Ink in the Lines

Seeking to demonstrate the power of tattoos to perpetuate memories and make the past permanent, the Australian War Memorial is exploring the body art of servicepeople representing their experience of war.

Explore this exhibition to see a public side of war which has traditionally been kept so private, and celebrate the valour of Australian military personnel.

Until 27 January 2021 | awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/ink-in-the-lines

Bookings: You must have a ticket to visit the AWM. The AWM encourages you to register for a ticket in advance of your arrival at the venue.

To access Ink in the Lines you must book a Galleries and Commemorative Area ticket. These bookings can be made at awm.gov.au/visit.

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