National Gallery of Australia

Parkes Place East, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, 2600, Australia


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Events at National Gallery of Australia in Canberra

Experience the epitome of culture at Australia’s premier visual arts institution, where art from Australia and around the globe is collected, displayed, and celebrated. The National Gallery, with its scenic lake views and art-rich ambiance, stands as Canberra’s most distinguished venue, perfect for any special occasion. 

Trippas White Group, the exclusive catering partner at the National Gallery, boasts a remarkable history of collaboration with some of the world’s most prestigious venues and corporations. The team offers superb cuisine and flawless service for events ranging from weddings and formal gala dinners to cocktail parties, conferences, meetings, and workshops. The catering options can be customised to serve 20 to 900 guests.

A snapshot of National Gallery of Australia:

  • Function spaces that feature natural light
  • In-house catering provided by award-winning Trippas White Group
  • Unique views and exquisite settings within each space
  • Iconic Brutalist architecture and the most valuable collection of art in Australia
  • Large space to accommodate 900 guests cocktail-style
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standing Up to 800 Standing


Accommodation Onsite
Rooms Available N/A
Onsite Car Parking
Available Spaces 180

Spaces At This Venue

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    Gandel Hall

    The Hall’s floor-to-ceiling windows, red ironbark floors, and gold-leaf glass doors make a striking statement. The space opens onto an expansive terrace with views over the sculptures and landscaping of the Australia Gardens.

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    Sculpture Garden Pavilion

    Positioned with views over a misty landscape along the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the Sculpture Garden Pavilion offers an ideal garden setting for intimate weddings during the warmer months.

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    Dining Room

    Host your evening event in the midst of the Gallery's exemplary brutalist architecture. Featuring high ceilings and scenic views of the garden, the Dining Room offers a timeless and elegant setting.

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    James Fairfax Theatre

    Ideal for conferences, symposiums, film screenings and performances, the 244-seat theatre provides multiple presentation options, video conferencing equipment, theatrical lighting, and surround sound.

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  • Grassy Knoll

    Envision your wedding day in the great outdoors, sunlit or shaded by trees, against the iconic Sculpture Garden, Lake Burley Griffin, and the Carillon backdrop. This naturally splendid setting offers a picturesque scene for your wedding and a stunning bridal walk.

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  • Virginia

    Set against Clement Meadmore’s significant sculpture, Virginia, this lush area overlooks the Carillon and Lake Burley Griffin. It offers a stunning backdrop for both intimate and larger wedding ceremonies.

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    Angel of the North

    Home to a replica of Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North, this beautifully slated area offers views of the Carillon and Lake Burley Griffin. This tranquil natural setting is ideal for an intimate wedding ceremony.

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    The Cones

    Bert Flugelman’s iconic steel Cones, with their towering mirrored surfaces reflecting the sky and trees, captivate both children and adults. Host your ceremony in this extraordinary natural amphitheatre, surrounded by native Australian flora and the geometric allure of the Cones.

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Venue Testimonials

The NGA hosted our wedding ceremony in April. I was so impressed with the service, from the moment of our first enquiry, through all my difficult bride questions, to the day of. The gallery itself looks FANTASTIC in our pictures, and that alone would have impressed me even without the fantastic service. I could not fault anything, and highly recommend them to any couple looking for a unique and beautiful venue for their wedding.

Danni D

A beautiful building with gorgeous artwork and grounds. The staff are lovely and helpful. Good, clean facilities. I've also attended a wedding here which was stunning!

Tasnim G

Our daughter had her wedding reception in April and it was absolutely beautiful. The food and catering was outstanding as were the staff. Highly recommend The National Gallery of Australia.

Barb P

Frequently Asked Questions

Wedding packages start from $195 per person (minimum 80 guests) plus room hire will be additional cost (depending on the season), which starts from $5,000. Minimum spend on food and beverage applies based on the number of guests of which will be advised during proposal stage.

The capacity for events and weddings at the NGA are as follows: Standing Cocktail: 800, Banquet Dinner: 300, Dinner and Dance: 250, Theatre: 300, Cabaret: 224

Yes, the NGA does corporate functions. There are two main function rooms that are ideal for a corporate event: Gandel Hall, which can be partitioned into smaller rooms, and includes a built-in stage, in-house AV, and ramp accessibility.

The James Fairfax Theatre includes leading-edge visual capabilities and spacious seating, as well as superior cinema-quality projection and audio, theatrical lighting and surround sound, and video conferencing facilities.

Yes, Hyatt Hotel is within close proximity to the NGA for event and wedding guests.

Yes, there are up to 180 car parking spaces for guests attending any event at the NGA.

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