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Australian Love Stories

This exhibition explores love and connection — and is well worth the drive to the capital.
By Marissa Ciampi
April 21, 2021
By Marissa Ciampi
April 21, 2021

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Whether you like to track down nature, food, wine or culture on your getaways, you're sure to find it in the Canberra region. For the art lovers among us, that means hitting up exhibitions at the national galleries. Thankfully, right now you can catch Australian Love Stories at the National Portrait Gallery — so start packing your bags.

Running from March 20–August 1 at the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition celebrates love and connection of all shapes and sizes, most notably between iconic artists and public figures.

Over 200 artworks are on display by artists such as Davida Allen, John Brack, Del Kathryn Barton, Vincent Namatjira and Charles Blackman. Works depict every kind of relationship from platonic and creative to romantic and unrequited, with subjects including the likes of Kath and Kim, Nick and Susie Cave, Kylie Kwong and Nell, as well as Bob Hawke. Bringing together new commissions and existing works from private and public collections, Australian Love Stories features an immersive glass installation alongside photography, paintings, drawings and small sculptures.

'You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella' by Del Kathryn Barton.

While you're here, don't miss the chance to peruse the National Portrait Gallery's permanent exhibitions for free. A short walk will also get you to the doorstep of other Canberra cultural institutions, including the National Gallery of Australia and Questacon.

Entry to Australian Love Stories costs $15 for adults, $12 concession and $10 for Circle of Friends members.  Booking ahead is a must.

Top images (in order): Stan Grant and Tracey Holmes c.2020 by Nic Walker; Wesley Enoch and David McAllister, 2020 by Peter Brew-Bevan; Dykes on Bike #2, 1993 by William Yang.


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