Is this your first time?
Some people think the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes are always full of the same old faces. This year, there's a flock of finalists who have never been selected for the competition before.
1 day, 19 hours ago, by Kirsten Tilgals
Now is the time for nō
For the past few Wednesdays, Gallery staff have picked their favourite artworks in our new Japanese exhibition to share with visitors. Here are their choices.
1 week ago, by Ann MacArthur
Winter is marching on us. Arm yourself with knitting needle and crochet hook, sharpen your scissors and stack your yarn balls high.
2 weeks, 1 day ago, by Holly Bennett
From first contact to cannibal tours: PNG on film
The people of Papua New Guinea's highlands were unknown to the outside world until 1930, when Australian gold prospectors revealed vast populations living in the mountainous interior. Soon the region became a magnet for anthropologists, missionaries, tribal art enthusiasts... and filmmakers.
1 month, 2 weeks ago, by Robert Herbert
Cracking culture with Contempo
For many, a job may boil down to the rudimentary role of being a means to pay the bills and get you out of the house. Not for me.
1 month, 3 weeks ago, by Amy Prcevich
Hanging a wall of sunset colours
Just when you thought the Gallery couldn't possibly have any more colour on display, a vivid contemporary work created by a group of highlands artists from Papua New Guinea has just been installed.
1 month, 3 weeks ago, by Natalie Wilson
A winner by design
I always thought it was pretty special and now it’s got a certificate to prove it. Our children’s book 'My Australian art' has won a national museum design award.
1 month, 3 weeks ago, by Holly Bennett
Hole lot of fun
It’s difficult for me to stay calm when recommending Hervé Tullet’s books for children. It’s not just that his books are inventive; it’s that they inspire inventiveness.
2 months, 3 weeks ago, by Holly Bennett
This year, we've been giving visitors an opportunity to express what ARTEXPRESS is to them. Here's some of our favourites.
2 months, 3 weeks ago, by Leeanne Carr
Not your average jewels
Twelve scrotum of marsupial tree-dwellers are not the sort of thing you’re likely to find on a piece of modern personal adornment, but when in Wonenara in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea...
2 months, 3 weeks ago, by Kerry Head
The show goes on
For most city slickers the Sydney Royal Easter Show evokes memories of fairy floss, show bags, gut-churning rides and empty wallets! As thrilling as it is, for cultural spectacle, it just can't compete with New Guinea's highland shows.
2 months, 4 weeks ago, by Natalie Wilson
An art of gold
The PUSHMATAaHA jewellery range was custom-designed and hand-made for the Gallery Shop to complement the Afghanistan exhibition.
3 months ago, by Holly Bennett
In the frame
A little over a year ago I began my three-year traineeship in reproduction decorative frame-making with David Butler, who has been making frames for the Gallery for over 20 years.
3 months, 1 week ago, by Tom Langlands
Our minds were exactly at that line
Over four days last month we created a Sol LeWitt wall drawing at the Gallery, and by ‘we’ I mean 113 members of the public, all following four simple actions stipulated by the artist.
3 months, 2 weeks ago, by Alexandra Gregg
These books from the Gallery Shop will make your eyes spin and your stomach flip-flop, with op art illusions, hidden pictures and digital designs that seem to vibrate off the page or twist your mental map in knots.
3 months, 3 weeks ago, by Holly Bennett
Art gives energy to our dreams
When I was considering what I would say at the launch of the Gallery's new education partnership, I asked my eight-year-old daughter why she liked learning about art. She said: 'Mummy, looking at art gives energy to my dreams'.
3 months, 4 weeks ago, by Del Kathryn Barton
Art is you
Explaining why art is important can be a slippery task for even the most eloquent speaker. Today, at the Gallery, an inspiring young student captured everyone's attention when she defined what art meant to her.
3 months, 4 weeks ago, by Sheona White
Triangles are your friend
In 2007, the New York painter Rebecca Morris published a memorable manifesto for abstract painters. A spirited and funny call to arms, it included such lines as ‘Whip out the masterpieces’, ‘When in doubt, spray paint it gold’, ‘If you can’t stop, don’t stop’, ‘Don’t shoot blanks’ and ‘Triangles are your friend’.
4 months ago, by Justin Paton
Re-tales from the Gallery Shop
Visitors to the shop already know us as a place to find stunning art books, gorgeous gifts and impeccable directions to the toilets. Now, keeping up with the latest arrivals and developments is just a click away.
4 months ago, by Holly Bennett
‘Are you sure about “eye-popping”?’ The question came up in the office last week, as we finalised the wall texts for a new show of 11 abstract works in the entrance court. Was there, perhaps, a more official-sounding term – something less slangy, more art-historical?
4 months, 1 week ago, by Justin Paton
Scenes from day one of the Nike Savvas installation here in the Gallery's entrance court. Ten thousand strips of colour up, only fifty thousand to go...
4 months, 2 weeks ago, by Justin Paton
Hormones smashed me pretty hard as a teen
I used to sound like a DJ had sampled the shriek of a miner bird and used it to set the tone on a drone techno track. Now they have me making public announcements at the Gallery and voicing an animated video.
4 months, 2 weeks ago, by Phil Aston Williams
This is so contemporary
This week the Gallery launches Kaldor Public Art Project 29 by internationally acclaimed artist Tino Sehgal - a piece that breaks all the rules and triggers anarchic and sometimes joyous encounters between the public and the ‘interpreters’ who bring the work to life.
5 months, 2 weeks ago, by Macushla Robinson
How do you install an immersive installation? Illuminate uses paper, light and sound to explore stories and ideas of home and housing, culture and community
7 months, 3 weeks ago, by Emily McDaniel
Up close and personal with America: painting a nation
We used the Google Art Project site to zoom in on the art of some of America's best-loved artists featured in the exhibition 'America: painting a nation'
8 months, 2 weeks ago, by Alexandra Gregg