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Published June 17th 2015
Update December 14th 2016
Update - This Gallery is now closed. All artwork has been returned to the National Gallery of Australia. 2016.
Contemporary Art with Lake views
As you walk along the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, you may have noticed this gallery space under the hills on Queen Elizabeth Terrace. This is the National Gallery of Australia's Contemporary Art Gallery.
Front entrance, with a 25 metre artwork along the glass by Canberra artist Heather B.Swann.
As you walk inside, the gallery is quite spacious, with a few different areas to wander around and admire the contemporary art on display. Inside there is usually a security guard and a NGA representative at the gift shop, who are very knowledgeable if you have any questions. This gallery has only been open for about a year - it is meant to be the temporary home to the NGA's contemporary collection for a few years (at least) until they find a more permanent home. Although the National Gallery's contemporary collection is a lot larger, they don't have the display space at this time to show it all.
This temporary gallery will hold four exhibitions a year. The current exhibition at the time of writing is "Streetwise: contemporary print culture" showcasing 40 of Australia's contemporary printmakers (1 May – 7 August 2015).
In such a handy location, only a few minutes walk from the National Gallery itself, the Contemporary Art Gallery is an interesting stop whilst visiting other Canberra attractions in the area. It is important to note that this Gallery is open Wednesday to Sundays only.
With views out the door like this, it is definitely a gallery with a view!