Art Gallery NSW Information Guide
The Gallery’s information guide details who we are, what we do and how members of the public, community organisations, the media and government agencies can interact with us.
It is updated regularly to ensure that it provides an accurate picture of the Art Gallery of NSW.
Led by a board of trustees, the Gallery also provides administrative support for several other associated entities, each with its own legal structure: the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation, VisAsia Foundation, Brett Whiteley Foundation and Art Gallery Society of NSW.
Our vision is to open people’s eyes and minds to the wonder, richness and sheer pleasure of art. The Art Gallery of NSW is an art museum – one of the most popular and significant in Australia. Established in Sydney in the 1870s, we are the state gallery of New South Wales.
Our purpose, as defined by the Art Gallery of New South Wales Act 1980 is to develop and maintain a collection of works of art, and to increase knowledge and appreciation of art – which we do through a huge range of exhibitions, programs and activities.
Under the act, the Gallery’s board of trustees, known as the Trust, is made up of 11 trustees – ‘at least two of whom shall be knowledgeable and experienced in the visual arts’.
The Gallery has an executive team, headed by the director, who manage the Gallery’s activities.
The Gallery’s membership organisation, the Art Gallery Society of NSW, is a separate legal entity, managed by the members and a council.
Board and council members and the Gallery’s executive are listed on the following web pages:
More information about the Gallery’s organisational structure, management, committees and individual staff members can be found in the Gallery’s annual reports.
We are located at Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Where to find us
We are on the eastern side of Sydney’s CBD, next to the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Domain, just down the road from St Mary’s Cathedral.
The Gallery offers a range of services to a wide-ranging audience including the general public, education institutions, tourists and community groups.
Modern and contemporary works are displayed in expansive, light-filled spaces, offering stunning views of Sydney and the harbour, while our splendid Grand Courts are home to a distinguished collection of colonial and 19th-century Australian works and European old masters. There are also dedicated galleries celebrating the arts of Asia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.
Alongside our collection displays in the permanent galleries are regularly changing temporary exhibitions – more than 30 each year – including flagship annual exhibitions such as the Archibald Prize and ARTEXPRESS.
Programs and facilities
One of the most popular art museums in Australia, visited by over 1.3 million people annually, the Gallery is far more than just a destination for looking at pictures. It’s also a place to enjoy lectures and symposia, films, music performances, meet friends for a meal or coffee in the cafe or restaurant, or browse in the Gallery Shop. Our range of access programs is aimed at engaging diverse audiences with different needs. And more than 100,000 students visit each year to take part in our engaging and stimulating education programs.
More information is available on the following web pages:
Today, the Gallery boasts the largest arts membership base in the country, with around 33,000 people in the Art Gallery Society of NSW enjoying a range of benefits, including special members events: see Members.
Our work is also supported by various loyal and energetic benefactor groups through the Gallery’s Foundation.
Integral to the Gallery’s collection and activities is the knowledge and scholarship that bring meaning and relevance to the artworks themselves. A core element in our exhibitions and programs, it is also evident in our publishing program, which is unmatched by any other such institution in Australia.
Brett Whiteley Studio
Brett Whiteley’s workplace and home in the inner-city suburb of Surry Hills is now a gallery and studio museum managed by the Art Gallery of NSW. Offering an intimate insight into the art and life of one of Australia’s most celebrated artists, it’s open free to the public on weekends and can be visited on Thursdays and Fridays by education groups.
While nothing can replicate the experience of visiting the Gallery in person, our website is one of an increasing number of ways to access us. The site provides information about exhibitions and events at the Gallery. While only about 5% of the collection can be displayed at any one time, you can search the entire collection. You can download or do your own research.
Gallery policy and procedures
The Gallery regularly receives representations from the public concerning our operations. We endeavour to make the collection and associated information as accessible as possible to the general public and we welcome public interest and participation in Gallery activities.
Documents held by the Gallery include:
- Accident and Incident Reporting
- Annual Travel Pass Scheme
- Corporate Plan 2007-2011
- Employee Handbook
- Financial and Administrative Delegations Manual
- Motor Vehicle Gallery Salary Packaging Policy
- Occupational Health and Safety Committee Charter
- Occupational Health & Safety Committee Policy
- Salary Sacrifice and Salary Advance
- Selection Committee Guidelines
- Annual Reports
The Gallery also publishes a range of catalogues and art books, sold through the Gallery Shop. A large selection is available at the Gallery and a smaller selection online. Publication prices are regularly reviewed by Gallery Shop staff.
On 1 July 2010 new right to information legislation came into effect, replacing the former freedom of information law.
The new law:
- creates new rights to information that are designed to meet community expectations of more open and transparent government
- encourages government agencies to proactively release government information
You can find out more about your right to information and new ways to access NSW government information on the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) website.
Accessing the Gallery’s information
Art Gallery of NSW publishes a range of information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.
Follow the links to find out more about our policies, our agency’s publication guide, a disclosure log of information applications, details of information not disclosed to the public and our register of government contracts.
About open access information
You have the right to access certain government information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009. Find out more about the new GIPA Act and the ways you can access government information.
How to make a formal application for information
Before lodging a formal application form to access information about the Art Gallery of NSW, you can search our website to see if the information is already available.
If you wish to lodge a formal application, download an application form (PDF).
The formal application fee is $30 and must be paid when lodging an application form. The fee covers the first hour of processing.
We may request an additional processing charge if an application for information involves extensive research or processing time. Any additional charges are based on an estimated time necessary to deal efficiently with the application. An additional processing charge is calculated at $30 per hour.
The Government Information (Public Access) Act provides the right of applicants seeking their own personal information to receive up to 20 hours processing without additional charge.
Register of contracts
All contracts the Gallery enters into with the private sector valued over $150,000 are published on the NSW eTendering website.
The details of each contract is entered into the register within 45 working days of the contract coming into effect, and remain on the register for 20 working days or until the contract is complete, whichever is longer.
The NSW eTendering website also provides details of current tender opportunities.
The Gallery produces a range of publications in print and online.
The Gallery’s annual reports are available as free downloadable PDFs.
Print publications can be bought through the Gallery Shop. A large selection is available at the Gallery and a smaller selection online.
In the library
The library holds copies of all Gallery publications, both print and online, including:
- books that document the Gallery’s various collections
- catalogues of all types for Gallery exhibitions (including photocopied handouts)
- education material related to exhibitions and the collections
- media releases
We also have copies of press reviews related to Gallery exhibitions.
These are all kept in the Art Gallery Room in the library.
Or you can search our online catalogue.
The Gallery welcomes feedback from all our visitors and stakeholders. Should you wish to provide feedback, please place a comment in our comments book located at the information desk, or look up the information under the Contact Us section of our website.
The NSW Government provided $25.9 million in recurrent funding and $5.8 million in capital funding for the 2010-11 financial year. Bequests and special funds brought $19.2 million, merchandise sales $4.8 million, admissions $7.3 million and other revenue $9.4 million.
Share: To continue to improve our collection, our resources and our expertise through exhibitions, publishing, programs, new technologies and partnerships.
Engaging: to continue finding new and better ways of engaging audiences with the visual arts.
Stewarding: to nurture and develop the Gallery’s people, resources and assets; embrace our responsibility to lead and support the creation, enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts across NSW; and internationally remain tireless advocates for Australian art and artists.
Collecting: to strengthen and safeguard our collection through targeted acquisitions and best-practice collection management, research and conservation.
We report regularly on our performance against these goals.
How to access our information
See the links under 'Gallery publications’ (above).
Information about decisions we make can be accessed by contacting the relevant department under the Contact Us section of the website.
Our contact details
Street and postal address
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia.
See also Getting here.
Telephone, fax and email
When calling or faxing from outside Australia, ignore the 02, dial your international access code, then 612, then the number.
Australia-wide toll-free 1800-NSW-ART (1800-679-278)
Information desk 02 9225 1744
What’s on (recorded message) 02 9225 1790
General switchboard 02 9225 1700
General fax 02 9225 1701
General email email@example.com
The Office of the Information Commissioner is located on Level 11 of 1 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.