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	Image: Edmund Capon rides a bicycle on the wall of the ancient city of Xi’an on 23 October 2010. Photo by Kevin Lee/Getty Images for Good Weekend

A celebration of life: Edmund Capon AM, OBE

All welcome to attend

A celebration of life will be held as a tribute to Edmund George Capon AM, OBE (11 June 1940 – 13 March 2019), who was director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 1978 to 2011.

Edmund made an indelible impact on the cultural life of Australia. His legacy is an enduring one.

This event will recognise Edmund’s dedicated service to the Gallery, which he transformed during his tenure into one of the country’s most significant and most loved cultural institutions.

Edmund was a tireless and enthusiastic advocate for art and artists, and will be deeply missed by the Australian and international arts community.

Read more about Edmund Capon

Vale Edmund Capon AM, OBE

Official proceedings

Start in the entrance court on the ground level at 6.30pm sharp and run for approximately 1 hour.

Art Gallery of NSW director Dr Michael Brand will be master of ceremonies for the event, which will include a number of guest speakers and a musical performance.

As much seating as possible will be provided in the entrance court.

The event will also be live-streamed to screens in other areas of the Gallery, including the Domain Theatre on lower level 3, and via the Art Gallery of NSW website.

Condolence books

Will be available at the Gallery for guests to sign, and given to the Capon family after the event.

Edmund Capon Fellowship

In lieu of flowers, Joanna Capon has requested donations be directed to the Edmund Capon Fellowship

Planning your visit

The Gallery – including all exhibitions and the Gallery Shop, café, library and members lounge – will be open from 10am until 9pm. Last service in the café and members lounge will be at 8.30pm.

Exceptions include the 19th-century Australian art gallery (closed 3-5pm), restaurant (closes 3.30pm) and study room (closes 4pm).


Please avoid bringing items that need cloaking, including bags and large umbrellas.


For information about public transport options and times, contact the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or

Train: St James and Martin Place stations are both about a ten-minute walk away.

Courtesy bus: Will depart from the Gallery entrance regularly from 7.30pm until closing. Stops include various locations in the city with proximity to Martin Place (Macquarie St), Wynyard (Castlereagh St and Hunter St) and Town Hall (Castlereagh St and Park St).

Taxi: Drop off and collect visitors at the front of the Gallery for easy access via the ramp or steps. There is a free phone to Taxis Combined in the Gallery at the information desk.

Bicycle: There are racks at the Gallery’s main entrance.

Meter parking: On Art Gallery Road, Mrs Macquaries Road and other streets around the Gallery.

Parking stations: The closest is the Domain Car Park, which also provides accessible parking. A flat rate of $13 after 5pm is offered if booked ahead or $15 without prior booking.

Image: Edmund Capon rides a bicycle on the wall of the ancient city of Xi’an on 23 October 2010. Photo by Kevin Lee/Getty Images for Good Weekend

Tuesday 11 June 2019
Official proceedings 6.30-7.30pm
Gallery open until 9pm

This information is provided to assist with your plans to attend the event. The Gallery aims to ensure we can cater for all in attendance; however, details remain subject to change. Further updates may be provided closer to the event.

Duration 2 hours, 30 minutes