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Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

In line with decisions made by the National Cabinet as communicated by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is currently closed but will reopen to the public on June 1. The Gallery will be observing strict social distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of all visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the State. More information

  • 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.

    3 days, 16 hours ago, by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd

  • Dali made home movies too

    At a time when we’re all Zooming into each other’s personal spaces, this miniature film series of home movies offers intimate glimpses of artists Salvador Dalí, Joy Hester and Arthur Boyd, among others, as they enjoy some downtime.

    2 weeks, 3 days ago, by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd

  • Kaleidoscopic vision

    In lieu of going dancing ourselves, let’s delve into the eye-popping artistry of Busby Berkeley. Featured in this 15-minute film festival are human waterfalls, waltzing grand pianos and a Technicolor underwater ballet.

    1 month ago, by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd

  • Tiny wonders: five cinematic miniatures in 20 minutes

    Here's a film festival where you can see everything in just 20 minutes without leaving your isolation bubble. And the stars? A fly, seahorses, vampire vines, plastic ladles and a lemon.

    1 month, 2 weeks ago, by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd

  • Merrily we go to the movies

    Groundbreaking female directors from the 1930s to today are showcased in a film program at the Gallery. Quick-paced, whip-smart and awaiting rediscovery by new Sydney audiences, we might say they channel the spirit of Señora Spencer, the world’s first female projectionist.

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

  • Supernova

    Anna May Wong was no ordinary star. Born in Los Angeles in 1905 to second-generation Chinese parents, she broke into Hollywood at a time when studios baulked at screen-testing actresses of colour.

    1 year, 10 months ago, by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd

  • A year that shook the world

    To commemorate the golden anniversary of 1968, the Gallery’s latest film season offers a genre-spanning, globetrotting snapshot of a year that shook the world.

    2 years, 3 months ago, by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd

  • Vale Robert Herbert

    On 28 June 2017 the Gallery’s longstanding and much-loved curator of film, Robert Herbert, passed away. In this post, we reflect on the huge contribution his film program made to the Gallery and the arts generally in Sydney.

    2 years, 10 months ago, by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd

  • Victorian flashbacks

    Filmmakers have never ceased to draw on stories from the Victorian era. The Gallery's 'Straight-laced and scandalous' film series showcases feature films that explore the rituals and political consciousness of the late 19th century.

    2 years, 11 months ago, by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd

Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd
Curator, film