16 Mar – 15 May 2016
A dynamic and popular exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts, 2015.
20th Biennale of Sydney
The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed
18 Mar – 5 Jun 2016
The Biennale of Sydney is Australia’s much-anticipated major contemporary art event. This latest edition focuses on how the common distinction between the virtual and the physical has become ever more elusive.
treasures from the Silk Road capital
9 Apr – 10 Jul 2016
Spectacular archeaological findings of gold, silver, glass, ceramics, sculptures and mural paintings from this Golden Age of China.
Fri–Sun only 13 May – 28 Aug 2016Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
The influences on Brett Whiteley’s art and life were many and varied, from writers and poets to musicians and photographers, painters and art history to places and cultures.
Laudanum and other works
25 May – 4 Sep 2016
Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia’s most influential artists and the Gallery has a substantial collection of her work, including the photographic series Laudanum and Plantation and the montage videos Love and Other.
28 May – 13 Nov 2016
In this video installation, German artist Julian Rosefeldt works with Australian actress Cate Blanchett to give new life to some of the most famous and provocative writings by artists of the modern era.
25 Jun – 9 Oct 2016
Masterpieces by the two leading figures of Mexican 20th-century art, drawn from the renowned collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman.
16 Jul – 9 Oct 2016
The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.
30 Jul – 11 Dec 2016
This exhibition features six contemporary Australian artists for whom drawing is a central part of their practice and whose work engages with narrative, memory and experience.
One hundred aspects of the moon
20 Aug – 20 Nov 2016
This masterpiece of Japanese printmaking, consisting of 100 individual prints, showcases the skill and imagination that have secured Tsukioka Yoshitoshi’s place in art history.
calligraphic traditions of Asia
27 Aug 2016 – Apr 2017
Highlights the importance of Asian calligraphy as art and in art and the diversity of calligraphic traditions, with works in different mediums from the ancient to the contemporary.
recent forms of photography
10 Sep 2016 – Jan 2017
Drawn from the Gallery’s collection, this exhibition features recent work by Australian and international photographers who interrogate the limits of photographic representation.
12 Nov 2016 – Jan 2017
Showcases works from the Gallery’s Aboriginal art collection by Binyinyuwuy, Lipundja and Djawa and other artists from the small island of Milingimbi in central Arnhem Land.