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Information on works you own

The Gallery provides a free information service to members of the public.

Visit the library to do research

If you want to find out more about an artwork you own, the qualified researchers in our library and archive can help.

To help you find out who created it, when it was made or who owned it before you, they can locate texts on relevant art historical periods or styles, auction records for similar works and, depending on the artist, catalogue raisonnés. If further information or curatorial opinion is required, they may refer the enquiry on to the relevant curatorial staff.

About our free online service

  • Limited to researchers living outside the Sydney metropolitan area for up to three works.
  • Other researchers should not use this form but instead visit the Gallery to conduct research in person.
  • This online service is subject to the availability of Gallery staff and resources.
  • Enquiries will be answered in order of receipt.
  • Questions marked with an asterisk (*) must be completed.
  • Responses requiring photocopies will be sent by mail or fax. Photocopying charges may apply.
  • Provide as much information as you know, eg when requesting information on an artist or an artwork, include:
    • artist’s full name and nationality
    • date/title/medium (eg oil, bronze sculpture) and/or description (eg abstract, beach scene) of the work
    • how the work was acquired
    • additional information from labels, frame, backing board etc








Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.


We do not provide appraisals. This information service replaces the Gallery’s weekly appraisals service.


We are not able to provide valuations of works of art or opinions on their merit. A list of licensed valuers is available on the Australian Government website for the Cultural Gifts Program.


If you require conservation work, see the directory of conservators in private practice on the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) website.

Library and archive

Closed Friday 18, Saturday 19 April

Open to the public
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am–4pm
Wednesday 10am–6.30pm
Saturday 12pm-4pm
No appointment necessary
Conditions apply to accessing archive

Physical access to the library and archive for those who cannot use the stairs can be arranged with prior notice (preferably one working day): tel 02 9225 1738. Visitors with disabilities may wish to contact the Gallery’s access coordinator: tel 02 9225 1647.

Contact the library and archive

Library 02 9225 1785
Archive 02 9225 1850
Fax 02 9225 1848