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 and events


Exhibition Program – Ham Darroch: Propeller

14 February — 12 April 2020, 10:00am–5:00pm
Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Ham Darroch, La Danse after Matisse, 2015. Collection MUMA


Cancelled – Figure Drawing and Drinks at the Drill Hall Gallery

1 April 2020, 7.00 pm –9.00pm
Drill Hall Gallery

Upcoming exhibitions and events


On hold – LECTURE 2 2020: Helen Ennis on Carol Jerrems

5 April 2020, 3.00 pm–4.00 pm
TBA may be online


Postponed – CIMF A touch of Vienna

23 April 2020, 12:30pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Anthony Browell


Exhibition Program – James Rogers: Tunnelvision

24 April — 14 June 2020, 10:00am–5:00pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Tract (detail), 2018, waxed steel, 900 x 900 x 450. Private Collection. Simon Scott Photography.


Postponed – CIMF Dreams of India

30 April 2020, 12:30pm–1:30pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Ned and Keiko


Postponed – CIMF Witch’s Variations

7 May 2020, 12:30pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Calvin


Postponed – CIMF Tiwi Island Strong Women

14 May 2020, 12:30pm–1:30pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Tiwi Strong Women

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