Bringing Aboriginal art to Canberra for 25 years

Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery is celebrating its 25th birthday, our Silver Jubilee and at the same time, Canberra marks its 100th birthday (Centenary of Canberra).

Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery was established in1989 and has operated as a commercial gallery, specialising in Australian Aboriginal art for nearly 25 years with extensive experience presenting Aboriginal art. Our staff are trusted industry professionals with formal qualifications and a wealth of knowledge and experience.

The Gallery has an extensive collection of Aboriginal art from remote Aboriginal art regions including artworks from the Central and Western deserts, the Kimberley region, Tiwi Islands (Bathurst and Melville) and Arnhem Land. A feature of the Gallery's collection is the paintings by famous Aboriginal Old Masters comprising collectable artworks by Rover Thomas, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, Jack Britten, Ada Bird Petyarre and Eunice Napangardi.

No matter what month you choose to visit Canberra there is always something new, exciting and interesting to see and do, with dozens of festivals and entertainments. Canberra experiences four definite seasons and as it is situated west of the Great Dividing Range, it does not experience the vagaries of a coastal climate. Canberra is the “bush capital”, with beautiful mountain vistas and a world-renowned top secret space exploration station at the Tidbinbilla Deep Space Communication Complex, jointly operated by NASA and the CSIRO. Close by is Honeysuckle Creek, famous for its part in the tracking of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module “Eagle” as it touched down on the Moon on the morning of Monday 21st July, 1969 AEST - As Armstrong and Aldrin decided to walk early on the moon than had been planned, Honeysuckle Creek was the best facility at the time to receive the signals.

Canberra’s proximity to one of the world’s largest snow fields is a great winter attraction and a flight from Canberra to Melbourne in winter is memorable, as it can be mountain and snow scenery almost all the way between the two cities, especially in July-August.

Canberra’s Centenary will be celebrated in 2013, with its National institutions already planning spectacular events. Most of these attractions are found in the Parliamentary Triangle, with short walks between Parliament House and such places as the National Library of Australia, the Museum of Australian Democracy, Questacon, the High Court of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery. Close by, and across Lake Burley Griffin are the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive.

It is only a short drive from these places to the Australian Mint, to watch our coins being made or to drive to lookouts on the top of Mount Ainslie, Red Hill or to Black Mountain, with its Telstra Tower, and perhaps dine in the revolving restaurant. From there you can look further afield to discover that Canberra is home to satellite cities – Inner Canberra, Belconnen, Tuggeranong, Woden, Gungahlin, some with populations between 50,000 and 120,000.  All of these cities have large shopping complexes, together with the industrial suburbs of Fyshwick, Mitchell and Hume. According to the Bureau of Statistics, in March 2011 Canberra’s population was 355, 222. Over 30 cool climate Canberra District Wineries are close by, many offering cellar door tastings, entertainments and foods.

Sport has not been forgotten in Canberra with its Australian Institute of Sport and open to visitors.  There are numerous aquatic centres, six golf clubs, the Bruce Stadium, many playing fields and about a 90 minute drive to the beaches on the South Coast.

Canberra plays host to thousands of students from interstate and many overseas countries. It has 4 under-graduate universities – the Australian National University (including the Canberra School of Music, Canberra School of Art and the ANU Medical School), University of Canberra, Australian Catholic University and the Australian Defence Force Academy (administered by the University of New South Wales). The Canberra Institute of Technology offers courses in vocational training and the Australian Institute of Sport supports the development of Australia's elite sporting individuals and teams. Canberra also welcomes foreign Diplomats and visiting academics and researchers at the universities and research institutes including the CSIRO.  Canberra also hosts a plethora of conferences and festivals including the National Multicultural Festival and the National Folk Festival.

Nature and garden lovers have many areas to explore including Floriade in Spring, and the Autumn streetscapes, the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Commonwealth Park, the new Arboretum which boasts a fine stand of over 70 year old cork trees, planted during the Second World War at a time when supplies of cork were unavailable.

Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery presents changing exhibitions by established and emerging Aboriginal artists. Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery is located just off the Barton Highway in Gold Creek Village and is a must-see destination for the discerning traveller, Aboriginal art collectors, curators, visiting scholars, diplomats, architects and interior designers.