Parliament House Art Collection

The major collection is of over 4,000 works of contemporary art by Australian artists purchased and commissioned mainly during the 1980s when Parliament House was being built. It also includes artworks which are integrated with the architecture of the building and is expressive of Australia's national identity; the Historic Memorials Committee Collection, dates from 1911 and includes some 150 official portraits and paintings of significant events in Australian history and a diverse collection of parliamentary memorabilia including one of the four Magna Carta.

Address: 
Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
Tel: 
0262775123
Hours: 
9am-5pm daily, closed Christmas Day
Admission: 
Free
Facilities: 
Wheelchair access, guided tours, cafe, hearing impaired facilities.
Collection: 
Approximately 3,500 items
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Items

Painting

Untitled

Creator:
John Brack
Description:
Oil on canvas, 182.5cm x 152.0cm
Date:
1984
Item Id Number:
84/0003

Painting

Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

Creator:
Tom Roberts
Description:
Oil on canvas, 304.5cm x 509.2cm
Date:
1903
Item Id Number:
01/0030

Tapestry

Great Hall Tapestry

Creator:
Arthur Boyd and Victorian Tapestry Workshop
Description:
Dyed wool, linen and polished cotton, 9.5m x 19.8m
Date:
1984-1988
Item Id Number:
94/0042

Sculpture

Mingarri (The Little Olgas)

Creator:
Marea Gazzard
Description:
Cast and patinated bronze, four elements, 163cm x 680cm x 615cm overall
Date:
1984-1987
Item Id Number:
94/0016

Mosaic

Forecourt Mosaic (Possum and Wallaby Dreaming)

Creator:
Michael Nelson Tjakamara
Description:
Mosaic pavement of granite setts, 14m x 14m
Date:
1986-1987
Item Id Number:
94/0039