Important event information – date change

Skywhales: Every heart sings on Saturday 6 February has been postponed due to unsuitable weather conditions. The flight has been rescheduled to Sunday 7 February. All other event details remain the same.

All tickets for Saturday’s event are valid on Sunday. You do not need to register to attend on Sunday if you already have a ticket. No further tickets for Sunday will be released.

The flights on Sunday are also subject to weather conditions. All ticket holders will receive an email no later than 4am on Sunday morning with event information. Updates will also be published here and on the Gallery’s social media.

Be the first to experience Patricia Piccinini’s new Skywhale family as Skywhale and Skywhalepapa take to the Canberra skies.

Bring your picnic blanket and thermos to watch Skywhale fly for the first time alongside her new companion Skywhalepapa, two monumental sculptures in the form of hot-air balloons.

A special live performance of We are the Skywhales by Jess Green with her band and the Luminescence Children’s Choir will create an immersive sonic experience.

This COVID Safe Event is strictly limited. Guests will be required to remain seated throughout the event. Please bring your own picnic blanket or seating for your comfort. Bookings are essential.

Download the FAQs and site map below for further information about the event, including parking options and gate entry points.

Flights are subject to weather and logistical changes may occur. Registered participants will receive up-to-date flight information via email on the morning of the flights.

Don't forget to share your pictures of the Skywhale family on social media with #Skywhales, and you can follow their progress below with our real-time updates.

Skywhales: Every heart sings is the third instalment of The Balnaves Contemporary Series. Read more about the project here.

Event information


If you missed out on tickets to the first launch of the skywhale family, you can still see Skywhale and Skywhalepapa float through the skies from other locations around Lake Burley Griffin, and real-time updates of the skywhales’ location will be posted below so you can keep track of the family as they fly over Canberra.

Tickets will be announced soon for the second and third launches in Canberra, before the skywhale family takes to the skies across Australia with a national tour.

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