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

Current exhibitions


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

Upcoming exhibitions


Michelle Nicolle and The Palaver Quintet – an evening of jazz

28 July 2019, 7.00 pm –8.30 pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: About-Michelle Nicolle


Colour Coded: ANU Laptop Ensemble

2 August 2019, 5:30–7:30
Drill Hall Gallery

Image: cover


Colour Dances: Gallery fundraiser concert presented by Carl Rafferty

3 August 2019, 5pm–7:30pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Install image: Ildiko Kovacs The DNA of Colour 2019. Credit: Rob Little


LECTURE 5 2019 Jennifer Milam: Sir Joshua Reynolds and the language of the academy

4 August 2019, 3:00pm–4pm
ANU School of Art and Design

Image: Sir Joshua Reynolds, self portrait (detail), National Portrait Gallery, London UK


Bharatanatyam Dance performance by Vaidehi Subramanyan

10 August 2019, 6pm–8:30pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Janurary, India


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.


Floor Talk: Savanhdary Vongpoothorn, Chaitanya Sambrani & Jackie Menzies

16 August 2019, 12pm–1:00pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Savanhdary Vongpoothorn


August Friends’ Night with guests Chaitanya Sambrani, Rebecca Blake and exhibiting artist Savanhdary Vongpoothorn

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

Image: Savanhdary Vongpoothorn with Noriko Tanaka, Footsteps to the Nigatsu-Do 2017–2019. Image: Brenton McGeachie


Book launch: Toni Hassan – Families in the digital age

7 September 2019, 3:00pm–5:00pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery


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


Friends’ Night with special dance performance by Canberra Dance Theatre

26 July 2019, 5.30 pm–7.30 pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: REVEL, Canberra Dance Theatre performer in The DNA of Colour: Ildiko Kovacs at The Drill Hall Gallery.

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