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  • Chance of afternoon Spowers

    On days of unpredicted precipitation the Gallery’s forecourt resembles one of our most beloved artworks, Ethel Spowers’s Wet afternoon.

    21 hours, 4 minutes ago, by Holly Bennett

  • In space, no one can hear you read

    Art theory books blow my mind. They’re like papery pellets of concentrated intelligence. I’ll pick one up, open to any page and try a bit. Next thing I know I’ve swallowed the end of the chapter.

    3 weeks, 2 days ago, by Holly Bennett

  • They're an inspiration

    This year’s Archibald Prize includes portraits of three of the Gallery’s major supporters, who are inspiring in so many ways: Reg Richardson AM, John Schaeffer AO and Penelope Seidler AM.

    1 month ago, by Jane Wynter

  • Everyone's a critic

    For too long, art criticism has been the province of a beret-clad elite. Now everyone can play at that game with the Art Critic range from the Gallery Shop.

    1 month ago, by Holly Bennett

  • The rose and the thistle

    It sounds like the name of an English pub, doesn’t it? But I’m talking about the two plants that inspired a fabulous floral display in our exhibition of two 17th-century paintings from the National Portrait Gallery, London.

    1 month ago, by Josephine Touma

  • Viewing art from the bottom up

    One of my favourite parts of going to a gallery is to the side of a canvas or try to peer under a sculpture and figure how the magic was created. The installation by Nike Savvas currently in the Gallery's entrance court is making me and many others marvel.

    1 month ago, by Sophie Harrington

  • Have I got your attention?

    In the highlands of Papua New Guinea, some young men wear wigs decorated with bright bird plumes as part of a traditional bachelor cult. Just like in nature, these fine feathers are used to attract attention.

    1 month ago, by Kerry Head

  • 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 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 2 weeks ago, by Ann MacArthur

  • Craftershock!

    Winter is marching on us. Arm yourself with knitting needle and crochet hook, sharpen your scissors and stack your yarn balls high.

    1 month, 3 weeks 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.

    2 months, 4 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.

    3 months, 1 week 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.

    3 months, 1 week 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.

    3 months, 1 week 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.

    4 months ago, by Holly Bennett

  • ARTEXPRESS is...

    This year, we've been giving visitors an opportunity to express what ARTEXPRESS is to them. Here's some of our favourites.

    4 months 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...

    4 months 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.

    4 months, 1 week 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.

    4 months, 2 weeks 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.

    4 months, 2 weeks 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.

    4 months, 3 weeks ago, by Alexandra Gregg

  • Perplex yourself

    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.

    5 months 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'.

    5 months, 1 week 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.

    5 months, 1 week 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’.

    5 months, 2 weeks ago, by Justin Paton