Exhibitions in Australia you cannot miss

From celebrity portraits to powerful cinematic women and wild ancient spirits – in 2023 Australia delivers some of the world’s best art experiences, with works that explore all corners of creativity from the past, present and future. Whether you are a history buff, an art lover, or simply enjoy discovering new cultures and ideas, there are plenty of exhibitions to captivate and inspire. 


Come to the NSW Art Gallery to see The Archibald Prize exhibitions. Image from Getty

The Archibald Prize (NSW Art Gallery)

6 May – 3 September 2023

Famed for its renowned collection of Australian and international art, the NSW Art Gallery also hosts the annual The Archibald Prize – Australia’s most prestigious and beloved art award. For over a century this exhibition has brought together powerful and inspiring portraits, from celebrities to everyday heroes. This year you’ll find works from a huge range of backgrounds and styles, with more works by women than men for the first time ever. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite portrait in the ANZ People’s Choice award.

Where to stay

Explore the incredible range of art in the Art Gallery of NSW exhibitions, from the Archibald to indigenous art exhibitions, by staying at one of the many nearby accommodation options this harbourside city has to offer. 


Come see the ACMI! Image from Visit Victoria.

Goddess: Power, Glamour, Rebellion (ACMI)

5 Apr – 1 Oct 2023

Witness the power of some of the most iconic women and gender-transcending stars in history. Goddess is the thrilling exhibition curated by ACMI that pays homage to the creative female visionaries who revolutionised the world of film. From the sultry charisma of Mae West to the dynamic Cate Blanchett, this exhibition showcases the groundbreaking achievements of women who challenged norms, took control of their art, and defied the system. 

Rising: Shadow Spirit (Flinders St Station, Vic)

7 June – 30 July

Explore ancient dimension in an exhibition that delves into the spirit worlds of First Peoples artists from across Australia. Held on the top floor of Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station, Rising: Spirit Shadow is an inspiring collection from thirty exciting artists – each inviting you to explore their realms, where old wisdom is still in practice and spirits speak through their works. Discover the systems of knowledge that connect us to the land and listen to the spirit of country, from singing and whisprering to rock and roll.

Where to stay

Clarion Suites Gateway is a stylish hotel conveniently located on the corner of Flinders and William Streets, and the banks of the Yarra River. Base yourself close to the Flinders Street Station art show and check out the ‘ACMI what’s on’ list close to your doorstep. 

South Australia

Come check out Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution at the AGSA. Image from Getty,

Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution (AGSA)

24 June – 17 Sep

Experience the love, art, and political activism of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera – two of the most revered artists of the twentieth century. Exclusive to Australia, Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution will sweep you away with more than 150 stunning works, including paintings, photographs, period clothing, and works on paper. Get a glimpse into the intimate stories and cultural identity in Mexico, its people and contemporary artists of the twentieth century.

Where to stay

Experience Adelaide art exhibitions from the comfort of a nearby hotel or boutique inn. There are plenty of options to choose from

Canberra – ACT

Come visit Canberra! Photo by Arie Oldman on Unsplash

Treasures Gallery (National Library of Australia)

Daily in 2023

Discover some of Australia’s hidden gems at the Treasures Gallery of the National Library of Australia. You’ll be transported through time as you explore the stunning array of rare paintings, books, maps and manuscripts in this incredible exhibition. This year the exhibition opens the doors even further with exhibits including a rare oil painting by Australian artist Ellis Rowan and one of James Cook’s journals from the Endeavour voyage. 

Where to stay

For Canberra art exhibitions as well as nearby shops and restaurants, Quality Hotel Dickson is a great option. It is also home to an adjoining bar, The Dickson Tradies. 

Western Australia

Art Exhibitions are a great family experience! Image from Getty.

Exquisite Bodies (Art Gallery of WA)

Until 17 Dec

Experience an interactive exhibition that challenges the way we perceive the body. Exquisite Bodies celebrates the beauty of diversity and lived experiences, with sculptures that constantly transform in unexpected ways and challenge pre-conceived notions of beauty, mobility, and ability. Developed in collaboration with disabled artist Bruno Booth, this groundbreaking exhibition invites you to question how differently abled bodies maneuver in a world designed for normativity, while also recognizing the unique value and beauty of differently expressed abilities. 

Where to stay

There are plenty of ways to base yourself close the fantastic Art exhibitions Perth has to offer. Explore the range of accommodation options and find the place that suits you. 

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