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With the Drill Hall’s closure for infrastructure upgrade until June, the team are focused on staying connected with our constituents while also preparing for our forth-coming exhibitions. The highlight of our out-of-gallery events is undoubtedly the commencement of Terence Maloon’s 2024-25 lecture series The 50 years that changed painting 1867-1917, beginning Sunday April 7. Other offerings will include a collaboration with Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, participating in an ‘in-conversation’ in the exhibition Assembly (opening next week at the Australian Centre on China and the World) and numerous tailored outings for DHG Friends. Watch on-line for highlights from the ANU Art Collection, flashbacks to our favourite exhibitions, catalogues from the past, and a series of artist interviews.

We are thrilled with the Universities project to convert the gallery’s state-of-the-art climate control system to 100% renewable energy by replacing the gas boilers with electric heat pumps. This ANU Below Carbon Zero initiative aligns with the University’s Strategic Plan to contribute to global sustainability and reduce carbon emissions across the University.

June will see us launch the 2024 exhibition program with Euan McLeod’s solo exhibition Flux, jointly curated and presented with Bradley Hammond and the Orange Regional Gallery. In August Oscar Capezio’s curated exhibition Analogue reappraises of the paintings and experimental films of Melbourne based artist Jonas Balsaitis. We will also be presenting UK Frederick: Unseeded, commissioned by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH). The year will close with the dynamic, jazzy abstract paintings of former Canberra resident Richard Larter, alongside Riffing On, an exhibition of works borne out of the 1993 exhibition Pat Larter’s Rhythms & Peter Maloney’s Blues in which Maloney’s paintings perform as backdrops, stages and sets for Larter’s models and subjects.

We hope you enjoy the year’s offerings and remain as connected and welcomed as ever.

Tony Oates, Interim Director

The Drill Hall Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.