A collage showing Canberra cultural institutions and some of the artworks and artefacts they contain

The Cultural Icons

The Cultural Icons: Made of Australia

Find Your Community at the NFSA

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and/or audio of deceased persons.

Are you ready to meet the Cultural Icons?

Canberra is home to 12 of Australia’s most iconic cultural institutions – including the NFSA. And for the first time in history, these organisations are collaborating to give 12 unique perspectives of Australia’s story.

We invite Australians to reconnect: with each other, with our collective heritage and with resumed in-person visits to the cultural organisations that have contributed virtually to keeping the country engaged, educated, and entertained.

Watch the trailer for The Cultural Icons – Made of Australia:

The Cultural Icons – Made of Australia campaign trailer, 2021.

Visit Canberra, Visit the NFSA

Come to the NFSA this winter to experience the acclaimed exhibition about Mervyn Bishop and discover the photographer behind Australia's iconic moments. Receive a 10% discount when you book your tickets to the exhibition online.

You can also catch a screening in Arc cinema - see the full program on our Events pages and read about highlights of What's on at Arc in July.

NFSA Chief Engagement Officer Matt Ravier says 'Canberra is a cultural playground for the curious, a place for Australians to refresh their perspectives on the world and discover our collective story through a personal lens. The NFSA is proud to bring sound, vision and popular culture to the wealth of experiences available to visitors. Everyone’s welcome!'

We are open from 10.00am to 4.00pm daily and outside these hours for advertised events. All events require pre-booking but booking a ticket is not required for general access to the building, viewing our Vintage Australia daily program in Arc Cinema, seeing Starstruck: On Location or visiting our interactive experience Hive

Learn more about the history of our building as well as ticketing information, acccessibility, getting to the NFSA and our Cafe.

The Cultural Icons: Behind the Scenes

Underpinning the Cultural Icons campaign is the idea that each of Canberra's major institutions offers a unique perspective on the Australian story. Canberra’s cultural attractions are ‘Made of Australia’, with all Australians able to find themselves reflected across the 12 icons.

The NFSA's contribution to the campaign trailer, filmed in Arc cinema, highlights moments of inspired creativity and community.

See the photo gallery below for behind-the-scenes images from the trailer shoot:

Featured in the gallery above are drag performer Toni Kola, NFSA Curator Vick Gwyn, NFSA Conservator Shingo Ishikawa and the Thong Dress from The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (designed by Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner).

The audience in Arc is watching a scene from The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Stephan Elliott, Australia, 1994).