Friends of the Drill Hall Gallery
Become a Friend of the Drill Hall Gallery
In a vibrant, convivial atmosphere, be part of the art.
Connect with the very best of art and culture in Canberra.
Friends’ Nights are held on the last Friday of every month between 5.30 and 7 pm.
1 year $80 (students) $40 2 years $150 (students $70) 3 years $210 (students $100)
ART DATE ( bring a guest to our monthly events and excursions) 1 year $50 2 years $100 3 years $150
Secure payments can be made online or pay by cash/EFT at the Drill Hall Gallery.
In addition we offer members privileged access to artists, curators and our special guests. Musical events, pop-up exhibitions, visits to exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne, to artists’ studios, book launches, and special talks are a part of our program. Special discounts and priority ticketing are offered to our members. The DRILL HALL GALLERY LECTURE SERIES is FREE to all Friends ( tickets are issued on subscription or show your card at the door)
August Friends evening FRIDAY 31 AUGUST 5.30 – 7 PM
Meet your friends and enjoy a musical interlude featuring AJ America.
AJ is a performer, conductor and creative producer. She grew up in Sydney as a member of the Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana Voices and has toured nationally as well as across the USA, Canada, China and New Zealand. AJ has recorded for a number of Australian film soundtracks, including as a soloist for PJ Hogan’s Mental and Baz Luhrman’s Australia. In 2012, both her vocal performances and choral composition were nominated for Encore. In 2017, AJ completed her PhB with Honours in History.
AJ performs regularly as a soloist and an ensemble singer and has conducted multiple high-achieving community choirs. She is the Artistic Director and founder of the Luminescence Children’s Choir, and is currently the Musical Director of Canberra Community Chorale. AJ also teaches Vocal Ensemble Studies H-Course at the ANU School of Music, and in her spare time, works as a sessional academic and research assistant at the ANU School of History.
July Friends evening FRIDAY 27 JULY 5.30 – 7 PM
Our scheduled events, due to unforeseen circumstances, have been cancelled or postponed, so for the July Friends monthly event (Friday 27 July 6pm ) Terence Maloon has offered to step into the breach and re-present a lecture he recently delivered at the Art Gallery of South Australia on July 13. This lecture was related to an exhibition of Impressionist Painting coming from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, currently on show in Adelaide and closing 29 July.
Terence’s lecture was very well received and will appeal to all lovers of Impressionist painting.
Pissaro The Climb, Rue de la Côte-du-Jalet Pontoise 1875 Oil on canvas 54 x 65.7 cm. Collection Brooklyn Museum
June Friends evening FRIDAY 29 JUNE 5.30 – 7 PM
PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENING WILL BE HELD NEXT DOOR IN THE ALAN BARTON FORUM IN THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
Discover the Rome of Antiquity with Terence and Friends
May Friends evening Friday 25 May 5.30 – 7pm
Meet NYX MATHEWS + POP UP EXHIBITION
My central interest is in the interaction of anthropogenic environments and human beings. Through a broad range of media, with a focus on experimental material processes, I make work that questions the artificial landscapes and interior spaces we are encouraged to accept as standard.
As a maker who deals in human-scale objects, not office towers, I have no power to directly alter this environment; rather, I propose alternatives. Through speculative, materially ambiguous, often slightly unsteady objects I ask why the homogenous, textureless, sometimes inhuman facades of contemporary cityscapes should be considered normal, when the materials and forms common to them can result in such diversity.
Nyx Mathews – Artist Statement, 2018
RE IMAGINING THE DRILL HALL GALLERY
Meet LACHLAN VILD + PROJECT #3
In 2017 architecture students at the University of Canberra’s Faculty of Arts and Design were set a project, requiring them to design an extension to the ANU Drill Hall Gallery. Their brief was to enhance the precinct, to establish a dedicated space for storage and display of the University’s art collection, and to provide spaces for functions and educational activities. Nine of these projects have been selected for exhibition at the Drill Hall Gallery.
April Friends evening Friday 27 April 5.30-7 pm
SPECIAL POP UP – ONE NIGHT ONLY – EXHIBITION British Artist ANDREW LITTEN
Andrew Litten makes art that does not appear ambitious or aspirational. He challenges the idea of creating art as a potential commodity. So, he chooses humble, unartlike domestic materials often drawn with a biro on note paper or old envelops, shopping bags, cardboard boxes, irregular bits of wood and furniture, to represent the transient incidental moments of life.