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Tertiary education

Tertiary education programs are designed to facilitate student access to the collection, exhibitions, specialist staff and other resources. Our aim is to assist and advance the studies of undergraduate and postgraduate students and to promote the Gallery as a centre for academic research.

Self-guided visits and discounted entry

All education groups, even those intending a self-guided visit, are encouraged to book, providing us with details of the date and time of your visit, student numbers and the exhibition or collection area to be visited.

For more information, see Self-guided visits

Drawing in the Gallery

Lecturers or tutors interested in conducting group drawing sessions in the Gallery must book in advance in order to ensure the accessibility of Gallery spaces, the safety of your students and other visitors, and to protect the artworks. Individuals sketching in the Gallery are kindly asked to use graphite only (no ink, charcoal or other messy materials) and to keep drawing boards or sketchbooks to a maximum of A3 size.

Talks and tours by Gallery professionals

In addition to the diverse program of public exhibition talks, lectures, symposia and conferences, talks and lectures by Gallery staff for tertiary groups can be arranged in advance and tailored to specific needs. Orientation talks are also available to introduce students to the Gallery.

For more information, see Talks and tours

Study room

The study room provides public access to the Gallery’s collection of works on paper, including prints, drawings, watercolours and photographs. Tutors are encouraged to use the room for tutorials for up to 12 students at a time.

For more information and bookings, see Study room

Research library and archive

The research library is a non-lending reference library which specialises in monographs, exhibition catalogues and art journals. Established as a resource for Gallery staff, the library reflects the strengths of the Gallery’s collection. As well as an historical emphasis on Australian and British art, extensive holdings relating to Asian, European and contemporary art and photography have been acquired in recent years.

The archive includes a major collection of primary material such as manuscripts and artist files on Australian art and artists, including the papers of Margaret Preston and Max Dupain among others.

Library tours and instruction on its use of resources are available by appointment.

For more information, see:

Film at the Gallery

The Gallery’s free film program is designed to extend the scope of major exhibitions. It includes rarely seen cinema classics, important documentaries, shorts and experimental films.

For more information, see Films

Tertiary Update e-newsletter

Subscribe to the Gallery’s e-newsletter for tertiary lecturers and students. Receive information about selected highlights, such as new exhibitions, artists’ and curators’ talks, lectures, films and special events.

For more information, see Tertiary Update e-newsletter


The Gallery offers short-term, unpaid internships.

For more information, see Internships

Grants and scholarships

The Gallery administers a series of grants, scholarships and prizes for students and young artists.

For more information, see Opportunities for artists