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Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open. We are observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information, including hours

  • Kiwis and the Archibald

    With the Archibald Prize conditions specifying that entering artists must be residents of Australasia, New Zealand artists, and sitters, have been part of the prize since its early days.

    1 day, 13 hours ago, by Kirsten Tilgals

  • The five senses

    One of the Gallery’s most important old masters – Carlos Cignani’s ‘The five senses’ – is back on display in the grand courts following an extensive conservation treatment of both the painting and its magnificent frame.

    1 week ago, by Art Gallery of NSW blog

  • Vale John Schaeffer AO

    It is with deep regret that the Gallery notes the death of John Schaeffer AO, benefactor, former Gallery and Foundation trustee, knowledgeable and passionate art collector and a galvanising force in the appreciation of Victorian-era art.

    3 months, 2 weeks ago, by Art Gallery of NSW blog

  • Looking at music and listening to art

    While visual art might be accused of having become increasingly elitist during the 20th century, music became more popular, affordable and accessible. It’s no wonder that so many artists make work that is inspired by music or which tries to bring art and music together to create something new.

    4 months, 2 weeks ago, by Nicholas Chambers

  • The band name game: conservation edition

    Our conservators, like pretty much everyone we know, love inventing names for fictitious bands and have found plenty of inspiration in the conservation lab. In what we're pretty sure is a world first, we present a music-conservation crossover that is not only fun but also surprisingly educational.

    4 months, 3 weeks ago, by Together In Art

  • We have survived

    1988 was a time of political division, protest and action in response to Australia’s bicentenary. Gurindji, Malngin and Mudburra artist and curator Brenda L Croft was then working at Radio Redfern. With this playlist, she reflects, through music, on a moment that still reverberates.

    4 months, 3 weeks ago, by Brenda L Croft

  • Vale Peter Weiss AO

    The Art Gallery of NSW has paid tribute to one of its longest-standing patrons, Peter Weiss AO. The renowned businessman and arts philanthropist was among the first supporters of the Gallery’s Foundation and was appointed a Life Governor of the Gallery in recognition of his generosity.

    4 months, 3 weeks ago, by Art Gallery of NSW blog

  • A date with art

    To celebrate our reopening week, we gave people the chance to have an up-close and personal encounter with art before opening hours with our Art Date competition. The winners were matched with a curator and their favourite artworks.

    4 months, 3 weeks ago, by Faith Chisholm

  • You’re the voice

    Critic Anwen Crawford joins us as a guest blogger as we consider the power of music and its intersection with art. One of her subjects is Susan Hiller's artwork in the Gallery's collection - an installation that includes a Wurlitzer jukebox offering 100 protest songs.

    4 months, 3 weeks ago, by Anwen Crawford

  • Vale Christo

    As we welcome visitors into the Gallery's vestibule for the first time in ten weeks, we also mark the passing of Christo, the artist who wrapped this space so memorably in 1990 – as he did, famously, the cliffs of Sydney's Little Bay in 1969 for the first Kaldor Public Art Project.

    5 months ago, by Art Gallery of NSW blog

  • Young trax

    Members of the Gallery's Youth Collective have created a diverse soundtrack of anthems made by young Australian artists, for listeners to shut off, relax, discover and (hopefully) have a boogie.

    5 months ago, by Youth Collective

  • With warmth and love

    In response to Rainbow Chan's Together In Art Performance, Tanwee Shrestha and Jenny Trinh from the New Age Noise Collective pay homage to the Sydney musician.

    5 months ago, by New Age Noise Collective

  • Time for serious fun

    With the Gallery's family programs suspended due to COVID-19, a new opportunity arose to help some of the families and communities we connect with across the state cope with the strange new situation - and have some serious fun!

    5 months ago, by Victoria Collings

  • Through young eyes

    With props at the ready, they move swiftly through the Gallery spaces, gaggles of children in tow, greeting artworks like old friends. Who are these passionate art warriors? They are the Gallery’s children’s guides and volunteers, and these are some of their stories.

    5 months ago, by Together In Art

  • Vale Frank Watters

    One of Australia’s longest-serving and most influential gallerists, Frank Watters AOM was co-founder of the Watters Gallery, a unique and much-loved Sydney institution.

    5 months ago, by Denise Mimmocchi

  • Art is my oxygen

    There’s one thing more important than coming to the Gallery, and that is coming back. Emma Price is a young artist who knows this very well, as she's been visiting since she was a toddler,

    5 months ago, by Together In Art

  • The power of play

    Play is vital for maintaining our sense of wellbeing through all stages of life. These works from the Gallery's collection illustrate play in its different forms, and are accompanied by ideas for fun activities, no matter what your age.

    5 months ago, by Faith Chisholm

  • An art of touch and tending

    If you’ve visited us over the years, you may have been greeted by banksias, paper daisies, birds of paradise and palm fronds. These vibrant ikebana arrangements were created by the Gallery’s inaugural curator of film, the late Robert Herbert.

    5 months, 1 week ago, by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd

  • Be my guide

    To celebrate National Volunteer Week and the Gallery's reopening on 1 June, our volunteer guides imagine nine very different visitors, each with a different hope for their Gallery visit, and tell us which artwork they would share with each of those viewers.

    5 months, 1 week ago, by Together In Art

  • Scenes from the family album

    As we count down the days to 1 June when the doors reopen, we're celebrating the people who have kept the Gallery ticking during the COVID-19 closure. Find out about their favourite place in the building and their favourite collection artwork.

    5 months, 1 week ago, by Together In Art

  • The art of the welcome

    Welcomes matter, whether you’re opening the door to friends at home or greeting visitors at a major public art museum. Members of our visitor experience team share some of their favourite welcomes from museums and galleries in Australia and around the world.

    5 months, 2 weeks ago, by Together In Art

  • Looking out the window

    In the hands of the nine artists invited to create new work for the online exhibition 'From my window', looking out the window shifts from being an incidental activity to an essential one.

    5 months, 2 weeks ago, by Lisa Catt

  • Ruby slippers and purple sneakers

    For me, a playlist is a love letter set to music. This love letter, sent out into the world, is dedicated to incredible Australian indie/folk artists who, as the videos of their live performances attest, are clearly masters of their instruments.

    5 months, 2 weeks ago, by Asti Sherring

  • Opening the view

    Artist and writer Tom Carment brings us a glimpse of Adelaide from his front door, as part of the Gallery's 'From my window' project, which presents new works created by artists at home. He joins us as guest blogger to create a vivid picture of life and art in a suddenly quiet city.

    5 months, 2 weeks ago, by Tom Carment

  • Behind the scenes of Faboriginal

    You've watched it avidly during iso, or you should. Now go behind the scenes of Australia's deadliest game show for stories from the Gallery team who brought 'Faboriginal' into being.

    5 months, 3 weeks ago, by Together In Art