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Established in 1913 after Australia gained its independence in 1901, Canberra was founded as the capital city of the new, free nation of Australia. Of course, the Canberra region had been lived in for thousands of years prior. European exploration and settlement in the Canberra area began as early as 1820, with this region attracting some of the first colonial expeditions to the continent.

Today, Canberra offers a diverse range of cultures, businesses, educational opportunities, and service industries. The city has also experienced a booming tourism industry thanks in part to its pleasant climate, a bustling arts scene, friendly locals, and a fair amount of cultural diversity. Visitors to Canberra can enjoy the Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, Lake Burley Griffin, the National Gallery of Australia, the Questacon National Science and Technology Center, the National Museum of Australia, and the verdant Australian National Botanic Gardens.

An Arts Scene Alive and Well in Canberra

Canberra is known for its art scene. The National Gallery of Australia is one of the best-ranked art galleries, not just in Australia but on a global scale too. Visitors to the gallery can enjoy collections that feature Jackson Pollack and Sidney Nolan. The gallery also offers artwork by the indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

However, a fancy art gallery is not the only way to experience the arts in Canberra. The city is also known for its street shows, festivals, bazaars, community art events, and “hole in the wall” art galleries. Just a walk across Canberra’s historic downtown district will leave one mystified and amazed by the diversity of the arts in Australia’s capital city.

Diving Into the Arts in Canberra

Imagine setting up an easel and canvas in front of the Old Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, the National Carillon, the National Gallery of Australia, or the National Library of Australia and actually making a painting of those fantastic Canberra landmarks? Thanks to Life With Paint, you can do just that!

Life With Paint offers social painting classes for Canberra locals and visitors alike. Just check out our events page to find a class that works best for you.

And if you prefer a more intimate class environment, you can always sign up for a private event painting class for you and your family or friends. We also book corporate events, holiday parties, team-building courses, hens nights, birthday parties, weddings, vow renewals, anniversaries, and other fun activities. Get ready to experience the arts of Canberra first hand… and with a paintbrush in hand!