National Gallery of Australia

Canberra, Australia (2009 - Present)

Author_Unknown web_NGA-01_wCanberra is one of Australia’s most beautiful and culturally engaged cities, and it’s growing. We viciously support this growth not only because it’s our home but also because Canberra is our capital – and being a capital it should say good things about our country. 

One of the leaders oLee Grant_NGA-Turrell-28_wf Canberra’s cultural enrichment is the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) Author_Unknown www_NGA-04_w whom we have supported since 2009. As cultural partners for exhibitions including Soft Sculpture (2009), Space Invaders: Australian street | stencils | posters | paste-ups | zines | stickers (2010/11) and Roy Lichtenstein: Pop Remix (2012/13), we’ve hosted after-parties and organised private exhibition tours. More recently our support of  James Turrell: A Retrospective (2014/15) Lee Grant_NGA-Turrell-29_wLee Grant_NGA-Turrell-14_wLee Grant_NGA-Turrell-13_w included a “dress monochrome” party, package at Hotel Hotel, and a complementary exhibition at Nishi Gallery

Instead of gifting new homeowners at NewActon1 a fridge magnet, we give them NGA Memberships. 

Project NameNational Gallery of Australia
Project TypeCultural and financial partnership
Project TeamHotel Hotel, NewActon, Molonglo Group and National Gallery of Australia
ScopeTo support, promote and contribute to the ongoing cultural development of the city

NewActon is a precinct on the edge of Canberra’s city centre that Molonglo Group is progressively restoring. It is built on the heritage grounds of Acton House, a late 1920s temporary housing facility for newly arrived employees of the capital. NewActon does at a precinct scale what the Burley Griffins attempted to achieve for the city: vegetable gardens deliver produce to the precinct restaurants; nature and architecture collide; and the architectural envelope folds into flora and art. The high-rise apartments (high but not too high) also feed into this ground level generously.