About the Drill Hall Gallery

The Drill Hall was built in 1940 to train soldiers for the Second World War. The 3rd Battalion, Werriwa Regiment was based in this building in 1941-2.

In 1984 the interior was superbly remodelled to create an art gallery which is considered one of the most beautiful of its kind. In 2004 a Heritage order was placed on the building.

While the National Gallery of Australia waited for the completion of its building, temporary exhibitions of the national collection were held here. In 1992 the Australian National University took over the Drill Hall Gallery as a showcase for its own art collection and as a venue for temporary exhibitions.There are 4 discrete exhibition spaces.

The Gallery is a venue of choice for many of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, curators and collectors. We have developed a proud tradition of impeccably presented landmark exhibitions accompanied by scholarly publications.

Sidney Nolan’s 9-panel panorama, Riverbend (recently nominated among the ten must-see art treasures of Canberra) is on permanent display in the RIVERBEND ROOM.

The Drill Hall Gallery provides the Canberra community and ANU with a selective program of high quality exhibitions of Australian and international art.

The Gallery supports the arts in the Canberra region by presenting exhibitions developed in conjunction with the University’s wide-ranging academic interests and or to coincide with major conferences and public events. National and international exhibitions – and works from the University’s own extensive collection – are features of the Gallery’s program.

You can support the Drill Hall Gallery by contributing to the Friends of the Drill Hall or Visual Arts Foundation.

The School of Art Gallery at ANU also presents an annual exhibition program, which critically frames Australian visual art practice, presents graduate and post-graduate work and reflects the international profile of the ANU School of Art.

Location: Kingsley Street, off Barry Drive, Acton (view map)
Hours: Currently closed. Reopening 22 Feb 2019. Regular gallery hours 10am – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday
T +61 2 6125 5832     F +61 2 6125 7219     E dhg@anu.edu.au

Admission Free

Upcoming exhibitions



22 February — 14 April 2019
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Tony Tuckson, Red-abstract-study 1964 synthetic polymer paint on cardboard, 74 x 63cm. Hassall Collection


Exhibition floor talk with Geoff Hassall, Quentin Sprague and Terence Maloon

22 February 2019, 12pm–1pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Rerrkirrwanga Munungurr, Gumatj Gurtha 2009, earth pigments with synthetic binder on bark, 75 x 54 cm. The Hassall Collection.


First FRIENDS Night with special guest Geoff Hassall

22 February 2019, 5:30pm–7:30pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: 1. Jon Molvig, The Bridesmaids (detail) 1956, oil on masonite, 152.4 x 122 cm. 2. Photograph, The Australian 2015


Sebastian Field / Acquaintance Tour (CBR)

23 February 2019, 7.30pm–10pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Sebastian field


LECTURE 1 2019 Christopher Allen: The Perennial Search for Words

3 March 2019, 3.00pm–4.00pm
ANU School of Art and Design Lecture Theatre

Image: Leonardo da Vinci, Vitruvian Man, c. 1490. Pen and ink with wash over metalpoint on paper. 34.6 cm × 25.5 cm.


I hope you get this: RAQUEL ORMELLA

19 April — 9 June 2019
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Raquel Ormella in her ANCA studio, Canberra April 2018 Photo: Andy Mullens



19 April — 9 June 2019
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Elizabeth Cross, Moreton Bay Fig 2002, pencil on paper, 57 x 69 cm. Art Gallery of Ballarat Collection.


Ildiko Kovacs: The DNA of colour

21 June — 11 August 2019
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Ildiko Kovacs,_Raspberry, 201. Oil on card on Plywood, 79.5 x 82.5. Courtesy Martin Browne Contemporary


Savanhdary Vongpoothorn: All that arises

16 August — 13 October 2019
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Savanhdary Vongpoothorn, Polophony, 2001. Acrylic on perforated canvas 170 x 120 cm.


Steven Harvey: Unrendered room

18 October — 15 December 2019
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Steven Harvey, Magneto Receptor -Rock Paper Scissors Lover, 2018. Acrylic on compressed cement 180 x 180 cm Courtesy the artist and Liverpool Street Gallery

Updated:  14 January 2019/ Responsible Officer:  DHG Director/ Page Contact:  Drill Hall Gallery