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27 Jun – 2 Dec 2012

Explores the idea of home through the works of Aboriginal artists who belong to nations and language groups that today fall within the area defined as New South Wales.

15th annual exhibition of the Australian Bookbinders

Tue–Sat only 1 Nov – 30 Nov 2012

Research library and archive

Special hours

This exhibition of the Australian Bookbinders focuses on contemporary practice in the art form known as design binding. On display are 32 books with unique bindings created by 20 artists.

Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship 2012

14 Sep – 25 Nov 2012
(See exhibition page for exact dates)

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Special hours

A small section of works from this year’s scholarship winner Mitch Cairns and highly commended finalist Tom Polo.

Eugène Atget
Old Paris

24 Aug – 4 Nov 2012

Lose yourself in the beauty of Old Paris with over 200 rare and original prints from the founder of documentary photography.

Operation art 2012

4 Oct – 21 Oct 2012

An annual exhibition of children’s art from schools throughout NSW created for the Children’s Hospital, Westmead.

Shaun Gladwell
Broken Dance (Beatboxed)

23 Aug – 21 Oct 2012

This mesmerising new work includes one video showing dancers performing a mixture of urban styles, while another features the vocal percussions of a beatboxer.

18th Biennale of Sydney
all our relations

27 Jun – 16 Sep 2012

International artists come together to collaborate and create works that relate as if evolving from each other.

Jacky Redgate
the logic of vision

2 Jun – 9 Sep 2012

This exhibition of works by Jacky Redgate from the Gallery’s collection surveys the artist’s creative trajectory from the 1980s until now.

Kamisaka Sekka
dawn of modern Japanese design

22 Jun – 26 Aug 2012
(See exhibition page for exact dates)

Explores the work of one of Japan’s leading artists and designers of the first half of the 20th century, his influences and his legacy, through paintings, lacquerware, ceramics and textiles.

Simone Mangos
DAMAGED – thalidomide victims in medical documents

2 Jun – 5 Aug 2012

Focuses on the representation and perception of deformity in our society, with specific reference to the tragedy surrounding the pharmaceutical drug thalidomide.

Australian Symbolism
the art of dreams

12 May – 29 Jul 2012

The first major exhibition to explore the influence of the Symbolist movement on Australian art at the turn of the 19th century.


9 Jul 2011 – 8 Jul 2012

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

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Brett Whiteley not only embraced traditional modes of beauty but also notoriously challenged them. Blue explores Whiteley’s fascination with nature in its extreme contradictions of light and dark, calm and disruption.

Australia’s most extraordinary art event, the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.

Mother India
video plays by Nalini Malani

11 Feb – 20 May 2012

The focus of this display is a 15-metre long video projection, featuring an emotive and politically charged sequence of images addressing gender violence in India.

Making sense
contemporary LA photo artists

11 Feb – 13 May 2012

Photographs by artists based in Southern California, whose work deals with relations between landscape and architecture, high and low culture, representations of the body, politics and irony, word and image.

Eugenia Raskopoulos

23 Feb – 13 May 2012

In this video installation, Raskopoulos performs a series of actions that accumulate letters into words, in English and Greek, using her own limbs as the writing instrument or surface.


18 Jan – 6 May 2012

Celebrating 2012 as the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac, this exhibition showcases artworks that carry the dragon motif.

New contemporary galleries
featuring the John Kaldor Family Collection

21 May 2011 – 2 May 2012

The Art Gallery of NSW now holds Australia’s most comprehensive representation of contemporary art. This is the first display in our new contemporary galleries, featuring the John Kaldor Family Gallery.


22 Feb – 22 Apr 2012

A dynamic and popular exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts, 2011.

masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris

12 Nov 2011 – 25 Mar 2012

This exhibition is the most significant Picasso exhibition to come to Australia. Part of a world tour, the Art Gallery of NSW is the only Australian venue.

20th-century Australian collection

17 Sep 2011 – 12 Feb 2012

Key themes and artists in Australian art from the early 20th century through to the 1970s, including Grace Cossington Smith, Margaret Preston, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale and Arthur Boyd.

Dobell Prize for Drawing 2011

2 Dec 2011 – 5 Feb 2012

The most respected award for drawing in Australia, the annual Dobell Prize has always been the subject of discussion and debate about the nature of drawing.


8 Dec 2011 – 5 Feb 2012

Blending fact and fiction, this mesmerising video installation uses appropriated sound and footage to fabricate an impossible exchange between the late sci-fi author Philip K Dick and his one-time muse and wife Tessa.

What's in a face?
aspects of portrait photography

24 Sep 2011 – 5 Feb 2012

An exhibition of more than 45 photographs from the collection, which focuses on some of the crucial points in the history of photographic depictions of the human face.

One hundred flowers

1 Sep 2011 – 15 Jan 2012

Showcases some of the artworks that have been added to the Gallery’s world-class Asian collection in the last five years.