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
Curator, Exhibitions: Tony Oates
T: +61 2 6125 5832
F: +61 2 6125 7219
E: dhg@anu.edu.au

Current exhibitions


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

Upcoming exhibitions


Canberra Dance Theatre presents Unframed

19 October 2019, 7pm–8:30pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Monastery by Jan King ‘frames’ Georgia Powley. Photo by Art Atelier


Friends’ Night with Paul McGee and Russell Smith: The fuss about Finnegan’s Wake

25 October 2019, 5:30pm–7:00pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Constantin Brancusi. Portrait of James Joyce. Image Source: Three Fragments from Work in Progress by James Joyce (Paris: The Black Sun Press, 1929)


Exposures by Ampleya

27 October 2019, 6:30pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Ampleya


September Friends’ night with Miroslav Bukovsky and surprise accompaniment

27 September 2019, 5.30pm–7.30pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Floating Words 2006, (detail: Vietnamese Braille sheets on a plinth) coloured pencils and acrylic on Vietnamese Braille, 120 x 5000 cm, Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Gift of Dr Ashley Carruthers 2012. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

Updated:  9 September 2019/ Responsible Officer:  DHG Director/ Page Contact:  Drill Hall Gallery