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26 Jan – 25 Apr 2018

This dynamic and popular exhibition features a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts 2017.

The lady and the unicorn

10 Feb – 24 Jun 2018

A rare opportunity to experience the beauty, scale and intricacy of a masterpiece of medieval French art that has captivated viewers across the centuries.

Ewa Pachucka
Arcadia: landscape and bodies

3 Mar – 29 Apr 2018

The rock forms, female figures and animals in this monumental work from the 1970s have been crocheted from natural and synthetic fibres.

21st Biennale of Sydney
Superposition: equilibrium and engagement

16 Mar – 11 Jun 2018

The latest edition of this much-anticipated major contemporary art event examines the quantum mechanical theory of superposition by investigating how it might operate in the world today.

Henry VR

12 May – 9 Sep 2018

Journey deep inside a Tudor painting to explore the hidden life of a king’s portrait, and the workshop of the artists who created it.

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.

Hold still
the photographic performance

12 May – 29 Jul 2018

Drawn from the Gallery’s collection, this exhibition examines the way a camera turns any subject into a performer and any scenario into a theatrical act.

Into the blue

16 Jun – Nov 2018

Dive into the many meanings and feelings of the colour blue, from David Hockney’s celebrated poolside painting to Guan Wei’s expansive view of ocean and heavens.

Presents the work of contemporary artists from across Australia, including new work made especially for this exhibition.

Spacemakers and roomshakers
installations from the collection

14 Jul – Oct 2018

Become a ‘space explorer’ and experience some of the most immersive and expansive artworks in the Gallery’s collection.

John Russell
Australia’s French impressionist

21 Jul – 11 Nov 2018

A major survey of this extraordinary yet little-known Australian painter, a close friend of Van Gogh and Rodin, who dined with Monet and taught Matisse.

Chinese bible
revolution and art in China

28 Jul 2018 – 2019

The intimate histories of artists who grew up in China during the time of Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution.

Anne Dangar
ceramics from Moly-Sabata

Aug – Oct 2018

A display of the Gallery’s major new acquisitions from this much-admired Australian modernist painter and potter.

William Kentridge

Sep 2018 – 2019

Features one of the artist’s most ambitious and celebrated video installations – a major new addition to the Gallery’s collection from one of the most powerful voices in art today.

Nonggirrnga Marawili
living landscapes

Nov 2018 – Feb 2019

Artist Nonggirrnga Marawili is inspired by the atmospheric effects that are created as country is brought to life through the movement of wind, water or unseen forces.

Judy Watson

Nov 2018 – 2019

Paintings, prints and drawings from one of Australia’s most significant artists.

Melanesian art: redux

Nov 2018 – Feb 2019

Significant works of art acquired by Tony Tuckson for the Gallery’s Pacific collection are on display, some for the first time in four decades.

Tony Tuckson
the abstract sublime

Nov 2018 – Feb 2019

Explores the work and legacy of one of the Australia’s earliest and most influential abstract expressionist artists.

Brett Whiteley
drawing is everything

Dec 2018 – 2019

Looks at the central place of drawing in Brett Whiteley’s art, from his early drawings of Sydney and France to his later lyrical landscapes, interiors and nudes.