Friends of the Drill Hall archive

Join us and become a Friend of the Drill Hall Gallery.

In a vibrant, convivial atmosphere, be part of the art.

Friends’ Nights are held on the last Friday of every month between 5pm and 7pm.  Our Friends’ Nights are now a social hub of Canberra.

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.

Become a Friend of the Drill Hall Gallery

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Annual membership fee $60 (students $30 only)

Secure payments can be made online or pay by cash/cheque at the Drill Hall Gallery.



Meetings of the Friends of the Drill Hall Gallery will be nomadic for a couple of months, but we promise to make them exciting and rewarding, notwithstanding the closure of the gallery.

The friends’ nights will recommence in February.

Dates for your diary

February Friends – Friday 26 February

Terence Maloon – The last time I saw Paris

ANU College of Business & Economics (next door) 5pm

March Friends – Friday 18 March

ANU Classics Museum – AD Hope Building  5.30 pm

April Friends – Sunday 17 April

Visit  Nolan’s Riverbend at the NGA.

May Friends Event – Sunday 15  May

Visit Bunts Cottage Sculpture Park -Bowral

May Friends – Friday 27 May

June Friends – Friday 24 June

July Friends – Friday 29 July

August Friends – Friday 26 August

September Friends – Friday 30 September

October  Friends – Friday 28 October

Friends Christmas – Friday 2 December


Save the date – Saturday 8 August 2.30 – 3.30pm.


Friends are invited to meet with Martin Gascoigne as he speaks about the life and art of his mother Rosalie Gascoigne at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. The Daylight Moon

The Daylight Moon – Rosalie Gascoigne – curated by Glenn Barkley

We have prepared a special map for your journey that highlights vistas that inspired Rosalie Gascoignes work. Available for download next week from the Friend’s page on our website

Next Friends’ Night: Terence Maloon will talk about his trip to Venice and Padua



Friday 1 May 2015 • 5pm • $10 for non Friends

For the next Friends’ Night, we will welcome back Drill Hall Gallery Director Terence Maloon who will talk about his Venice experience.

Carl Rafferty will also be among us to give you a taste of the concert, VIOLIN at TWILIGHT, that he will be performing on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May.




president Kim

Kim Chapman reflects on the recent friends of the Drill Hall Gallery trip to Melbourne

Last weekend a group of friends of the Drill Hall Gallery gathered in Melbourne
and were treated to a weekend of great art and conviviality. It was a lot of fun.
Does this sound like a perfect weekend?
• A special experience of Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court Museo del Prado Madrid at the NGV guided by Terence Maloon. For two and half hours Terence moved from painting to painting giving us precise
historical, political and technical insights leaving us with an appreciation of the paintings and their significance which we could not otherwise have.
• Great food in a great space at the Persimmon Restaurant in the NGV for lunch.
• A tour of the William Blake exhibition at the NGV guided by the wonderfully enthusiastic and knowledgeable Jeanette Brand.
• A visit to Lyon Housemuseum in Kew which combines a collection of exciting contemporary Australian art with equally exciting contemporary Australian architecture in one of the world’s top 10 ranked house museums.
• Finally, a private viewing of David Stephenson’s latest photographs in his Light Cities project at the John Buckley Gallery in Richmond. These were stunning and interestingly had a direct connection back to some of the paintings in the Prado exhibition.

All of this in the company of good Friends. Thank you Terence, Jeanette and Friends for a memorable weekend.

Kim Chapman
President, Friends of the Drill Hall Gallery




Friends of the Drill Hall Gallery Charter 2014

We proudly acknowledge the reputation for excellence and the national profile which has been maintained by the ANU Drill Hall Gallery over twenty years.

Looking ahead, we endeavour to help the Drill Hall Gallery prosper, reach out and consolidate a vital community of interest which embraces the University and the people of Canberra.

The Friends of the Drill Hall Gallery, through their annual membership fees, cover the costs of the monthly members’ nights as well as contributing towards the funding of one special exhibition per year.

The Friends endorse the Gallery’s policy of encouraging emerging artists as well as its engagement with mature artists of exceptional merit whose achievements may not always be so well known.

Friends endorse the long term ambition to create an art museum on the campus which will house the most valuable assets of the ANU Art Collection, and the need to accumulate excellent and exemplary works worthy of such a museum. This is a dream we keep alive.

We recognise the need to upgrade the Drill Hall’s facilities and offer moral and material help towards this end. Some of the Gallery’s more pressing needs relate to the lighting and air conditioning systems which are nearing obsolescence.  We hope to highlight Sidney Nolan’s Riverbend in a more decorous way, with a curving wall and appropriate lighting and seating arrangements.

In sum, Friends will help to sustain the Drill Hall Gallery as a prosperous, eminent, well-attended and much appreciated venue for Canberrans, interstate and international visitors.



Updated:  30 March 2016/ Responsible Officer:  DHG Director/ Page Contact:  Drill Hall Gallery