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Brett Whiteley
drawing is everything

15 Dec 2018 – 31 Mar 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.

Heaven and earth in Chinese art
treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei

2 Feb – 5 May 2019

A rare opportunity to see some of the highest artistic achievements in Chinese history, exclusive to the Gallery.


7 Feb – 28 Apr 2019

This dynamic and popular exhibition features a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts 2018.

The National 2019
new Australian art

29 Mar – 21 Jul 2019

The second of three biennial surveys presenting the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art

From where I stand

13 Apr – 14 Jul 2019

Explore points of view in Aboriginal photography in these provocative works from the Gallery’s collection.

The essential Duchamp

27 Apr – 11 Aug 2019

The most in-depth survey of the art and life of Marcel Duchamp ever to be seen in the Asia-Pacific region

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

Jeffrey Smart

11 May – 29 Sep 2019

A display of the Gallery’s leading collection of works by the artist, including recent acquisitions, reflecting different stages and places in his career.

Walking with gods

Jun 2019 – Jan 2020

Take a journey through 2000 years of figurative sculpture from the Gallery’s collection of Asian art.

A fantastical, immersive journey from death to rebirth set in the streets and lush river landscapes of Vietnam.

In one drop of water

Jun 2019 – Dec 2020

Explores the significance of water in Asian art through a range of works from the Gallery’s collection.

art from Balgo

27 Jul – 17 Nov 2019

This small community in Western Australia has been home to some of Australia’s most extraordinary artists.

Significant others

24 Aug – 13 Oct 2019

Leading Australian and international artists explore the intricacy and intensity of human relationships in this exhibition of major recent acquisitions for the Gallery’s collection.

Kaldor Public Art Projects
half a century in the public eye

7 Sep 2019 – 16 Feb 2020

Celebrates one of the world’s most ambitious public art initiatives and revisits some of the most iconic large-scale artworks to have been presented in Australia.

The true story of the Gallery’s unfinished frieze and the new commission to complete it


9 Nov 2019 – 2 Feb 2020

The first major survey exhibition in a decade of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists.