Going to a rock concert seems like such a foreign concept these days, but never fear, we have the next best thing!

The ‘Pub Rock’ exhibition opens at the National Portrait Gallery in September, as part of their exciting Spring program.

“We’ve got some extraordinary portraits of musos, Australian musos, the 70’s and 80’s are the quintessential pub rock period,” Director of Collection and Exhibitions, Sandra Bruce, said.

“So we thought what better way to encourage people to get outdoors, start exploring Canberra again, than opening a show for the Spring and Summer that enjoys the gig scene!”

To make it extra special, staff at the Gallery have not just rustled up some goodies from their own collection, they have also reached out to photographers that were in those spaces over those decades, to help out!

The ‘Pub Rock’ exhibition features images of acts like INXS, AC/DC, The Bee Gees, Midnight Oil, Kylie Minogue, Cold Chisel and The Angels – just to name a few!

2006.69 Angus Young, AC/DC, LA, 1978 by Rennie Ellis


For those who would feel more comfortable viewing a collection online, the Australian Love Stories exhibition is already up and running.

It explores a range of love tables from drama, lust, devotion, seduction, and scandal!

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 by Albert Tucker. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Australia. Gift of the artist 1999. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

“It’s a hell of a lot of fun. People have to make decisions about which stories they choose as they’re looking at that exhibition online, and when they get to the end of it, they’re giving it what we call their love score,” Sandra said.

To check out the full Spring program, head to the National Portrait Gallery website!