We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of New South Wales stands.

Archives at the Art Gallery of NSW

Crowds at the Gallery in 1906, Art Gallery of New South Wales archive

Crowds at the Gallery in 1906, Art Gallery of New South Wales archive

The Art Gallery of NSW was the first state gallery in the country to establish an archive and we are one of the few Australian institutions today collecting, preserving and making available for research primary material on Australian visual art.

  • Temporary closure

    Our research library and archive is relocating to a new purpose-built, expanded facility within the building, which means that the collections will be inaccessible for several months.

    We apologise for this disruption to our service but look forward to assisting you in person and remotely in our new premises.

    No reference enquiries by phone or online
    From 7 November 2020 until early 2022

    No access to the library and archive
    From 12 December 2020 until early 2022

    In the meantime, see our research tools