National Gallery of Australia

National Gallery of Australia, located in Canberra, is the Commonwealth of Australia’s national cultural institution for the visual arts.

In late 2015, the Gallery established a new department of Contemporary Art Practice – Global with a brief to collect and exhibit works of art created post-2000. With this renewed purpose to engage with the contemporary moment, the Gallery has developed an ambitious program of contemporary acquisitions, exhibitions, displays and events that will re-shape the institution, increase support of living artists, and expand the nature of its collection.

Since 2018, The Balnaves Foundation is supporting The Balnaves Contemporary Series. The Series involves contemporary artists disrupting and transforming spaces throughout the Gallery, presenting daring, large-scale experiences and re-imagine the concept of an art gallery.

The Balnaves Contemporary Series 1: Sarah Contos runs from 4 May to 24 September 2018, NGA Foyer.
The Balnaves Contemporary Series 2: Jess Johnson and Simon Ward runs from 4 May to 26 August 2018, Contemporary Galleries.
The Balnaves Contemporary Series 3: Patricia Piccinini: Skywhales: Every heart sings runs from April 2021 to July 2022

Patricia Piccinini’s Skywhalepapa is a monumental sculpture in the form of a hot-air balloon. A new companion piece to Skywhale, together they form a skywhale family that will be launched near the Gallery and take flight over Canberra three times. The sculptures will also float across the skies of Australia as a National Gallery Touring Exhibition.

Artist Patricia Piccinini with Skywhalepapa at its test launch in Canberra.

Find out more about The Balnaves Contemporary Series here.
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Latest News and Media

Skywhales National Tour Program Announced, Broadway World, 31 March 2021. Read more here.
Patricia Piccinini’s ‘Skywhale’ Has Returned to the Skies with Its New Companion ‘Skywhalepapa’, Concrete Playground, 8 February 2021. Read more here.
Hanging Art and Virtual Reality Come to Unexpected Spaces in the National Gallery,  8 May 2018. Read more here