Exhibitions & Events

Our ever-changing exhibitions feature themed collections from our 23,500+ strong collection as well as well known travelling exhibitions such as the Bald Archy Prize and Behind the Lines. Hosting the National Rotary Cartoon Awards and other nationally recognised cartooning competitions, you can expect to see something different each visit time you visit us... at The Bunker!!

In addition to our daily displays the National Cartoon Gallery is constantly hosting an ever changing variety of other special events... from movie nights, to musical performances and of course our exhibition opening nights and awards nights.

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Exhibitions are open every day from 10 am till 4 pm.
(closed only on Christmas Day and Good Friday)

Bill Leak Exhibition

5 February  10:00 am - 30 June  4:00 pm

To open our new exhibition space, the National Cartoon Gallery is excited to welcome the wittiest set of cartoons you’ll ever see from the late Bill Leak, master of non-politically correct satire and his son Johannes Leak. These cartoons and caricatures cover the political and social life of Australia over the past 30 years. His…

Behind The Lines

5 March  10:00 am - 12 April  4:00 pm

The National Cartoon Gallery will once again be hosting bi-annual favourite Behind The Lines in the Bunker gallery. This travelling exhibition is curated by the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in Canberra and celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and the power their drawings have in contributing to our daily…

The Chronicles of Sandwich Bag Dad

16 April  10:00 am - 14 June  4:00 pm

This dad’s morning ritual of drawing on his 3 daughter’s lunch-bags has been the highlight of the school day for teachers and students at his local school  for 8 years (and counting). Recently, via Instagram this quirky tradition has also been found to be entertaining 1,000’s of families across the world and now form the…

Sandwich Bag Dad Opening Night

16 April  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Bring the kids along and join us on opening night for this fun pun-filled exhibition! Dave Blumenthal aka The Sandwich Bag Dad and his family will be joining us to officially open the exhibition and share stories of how he came to be entertaining families across the world with their family lunchtime tradition. On Friday…

Manga Mates

18 June  10:00 am - 15 August  4:00 pm

Attention Kids… grab your parents and take them on a Japanese comic adventure, show them why Manga is continually growing in popularity world wide. The National Cartoon Gallery is excited to have been invited to partner with The  Japan International Manga Awards to bring you this exhibition. By combining a display of winning works from the…

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