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


I hope you get this: RAQUEL ORMELLA

20 April — 9 June 2019
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

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



20 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.

Upcoming exhibitions


Friends’ Night, in appreciation of trees with special guest Professor Peter Kanowski

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

Image: Elizabeth Cross, Monumental Moreton Bay Fig, Botanical Gardens, Sydney, 2009-10, pencil on paper, 66 x 75.5 cm. Collection of the artist.


Lecture 3 2019 Louise Marshall: Heinrich Wőlfflin

5 May 2019, 3pm–4pm
ANU School of Art and Design Lecture Theatre

Image: Raphael, The Miraculous Draught of Fishes (Luke 5: 1-11), 1515-1516, cartoon for tapestry, Victoria and Albert Museum and Peter Rubens, The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, 1618-19, The National Gallery, London


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