Exhibition proposal guidelines

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The Australian National University has a lively visual and performing arts program. The Drill Hall Gallery presents a changing program of diverse and stimulating exhibitions that highlight achievements in contemporary visual arts nationally and internationally.

The ANU Drill Hall Gallery provides Canberra audiences and visitors to the national capital with opportunities to view works by leading Australian and international artists. In an innovative program, the Gallery supports the arts in the Canberra region and presents link exhibitions developed in conjunction with the wide-ranging academic interests at ANU and with major conferences and public events. International touring exhibitions and works from the University’s own extensive collection are features of the Gallery’s program.

Gallery details

The ANU Drill Hall Gallery is located in Kingsley Street, Acton (off Barry Drive). The Gallery has four distinct exhibition spaces, each with its own unique character and features.

Hanging walls in all the galleries are constructed from medium density gyprock panels. Floors are timber in all exhibition spaces

Exhibition Room 1 
A large room with two divisions at either end with 76 metres of running wall space. Height of walls is 3.41 metres and the height of the divisions is 4.2 metres. Timber floor, fixed spot lighting and natural lighting (non-direct).

Exhibition Room 2 
30 metres of running wall space. Height of walls is 3.19 metres. Timber floor, track lighting and access to natural lighting.

Exhibition Room 3
29 metres of running wall space. Height of walls is 3.28metres. Timber floor, track lighting and no access to natural lighting.

Exhibition Room 4 
ANU Art Collection permanent display.

Proposals for exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions are invited from professional curators and should be consistent with the Gallery’s policy and contribute to the public identification of the ANU Drill Hall Gallery with work of the highest quality.

Priority will be given to proposals for exhibitions which:

  • Have been curated to a professional standard.
  • Represent new works at the forefront of artistic practice both in Australia and overseas.
  • Are innovative and reflect issues of current critical interest.
  • Promote international and cultural exchange.
  • Provide opportunities for collaborations with festival events, other cultural organisations, funding agencies and sponsors.

Proposal guidelines

Proposals are assessed by the Drill Hall Gallery and Art Collection Advisory Committee which meets every three months. Proposals should be addressed to the Director of the Drill Hall Gallery.

  • Exhibitions must be curated to a professional standard.
  • A clear and concise written description of the exhibition or project outlining its concept and rationale (usually a single A4 page or less in length).
  • Visual support material, such as slides, prints, CD-ROM or video documentation. Label slides with name of artist, title of work, date, medium, and dimensions.
  • Biographical details of the artist(s) and curator(s), contact address, telephone numbers.
  • A budget outline must be provided with details of funding for the exhibition including the catalogue, transport and framing of works if required.
  • Preferred date of the exhibition or project.

Other gallery information

  • Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday 12 noon to 5pm.
  • Openings are usually on a Thursday evening.
  • Installation of exhibitions commences in the week of the opening. If the artist or curator wish to alter the gallery (eg. colour, surface, partition) they must consult the Director well in advance. The artist would be expected to pay for the alteration and return the Gallery to its original condition at the close of the exhibition.
  • Insurance policy covers works while on exhibition, for loss or damage from fire, flood and theft.
  • Catalogues are not produced by the Gallery without special arrangement or additional funding.
  • Promotion by the Gallery is through its usual media channels.


Director: Terence Maloon
Exhibitions Officer: Tony Oates
T: +61 2 6125 5832
F: +61 2 6125 7219
E: dhg@anu.edu.au

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:  26 July 2018/ Responsible Officer:  DHG Director/ Page Contact:  Drill Hall Gallery