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Brett Whiteley
sculptures and ceramics

5 Jun – 6 Dec 2015

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

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Employing a diversity of materials, Brett Whiteley created startlingly expressive three-dimensional works largely inspired by his love of nature and its animate forms.

See you at the barricades

30 May – 29 Nov 2015

Drawing on the Gallery’s collection, this exhibition explores the complex relationship between protest and art.

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

4 Apr – 1 Nov 2015

Celebrating the 40-year career of leading Aboriginal painter Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, a founder of the Papunya Tula Artists.

Our spirits lie in the water

15 Nov 2014 – 1 Nov 2015

Drawn from across the country and from the 1930s to the present, these works from the Gallery’s collection give evidence to the complex knowledge Indigenous Australians have of water and its myriad forms.

Mad through the darkness
Australian artists and the Great War

25 Apr – 27 Oct 2015

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli, this exhibition from the Gallery’s collection explores how Australian artists responded to World War I.

Julia Margaret Cameron
from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

14 Aug – 25 Oct 2015

A pioneer of photographic portraiture, Julia Margaret Cameron remains one of the most influential photographers of the 19th century.

Matisse and the moderns

25 Apr – 25 Oct 2015

The debut presentation of an important new acquisition – Jazz by Henri Matisse – alongside works by other major European modernist artists in the Gallery’s collection.

Jitish Kallat
Public notice 2

14 May – 5 Oct 2015

An installation by Indian artist Jitish Kallat, as part of Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection.

This exhibition presents material submitted during the competition to select an architect to produce a concept design for the Gallery’s expansion, the Sydney Modern Project.

Hidden war

Tue–Sat only 23 Jun – 2 Oct 2015

Research library and archive

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Uncovers rarely seen material from the Gallery’s archive to present stories of artists Cecil Bostock, Weaver Hawkins and Dora Ohlfsen from World War I.

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

Rosemary Laing

11 Jul – 20 Sep 2015

One of the most influential artists of her generation, Rosemary Laing has a sustained interest in the nature of place and landscape, and the relationship between technology, labour, time and speed.

Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship 2015

14 Aug – 13 Sep 2015

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

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A small selection of works from this year’s scholarship winner and finalists.

Go East
The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection

14 May – 26 Jul 2015

A rare opportunity to view significant contemporary Asian artworks from the private collection of Australian philanthropists Gene and Brian Sherman.


25 Apr – 5 Jul 2015

An exhibition of photographs of women by women, from the Gallery’s collection, including works by Anne Zahalka, Miwa Yanagi, Yvonne Todd and Rosemary Laing.

The photograph and Australia

21 Mar – 8 Jun 2015

Tracing the evolution of the medium and its many uses from the 1840s until today, this major exhibition investigates the role that photography has played in shaping our view of Australia and Australians.


31 Oct 2014 – 31 May 2015
(See exhibition page for exact dates)

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

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Reveals Brett Whiteley as an artist who uses all manner of styles, movements and other influences – from surrealism via Duchamp to pop art as well as contemporary events and his own life.


12 Feb – 19 Apr 2015

A dynamic and popular exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts, 2014.

Kay Rosen
Map of the world

26 Oct 2014 – 12 Apr 2015

In her wall-to-wall project for the Gallery’s entrance court, American artist Kay Rosen conjures with big questions of possession, occupation and cultural territory.


12 Dec 2014 – 22 Mar 2015

Featuring works by Aboriginal artists Christian Thompson, Tony Albert, Vernon Ah Kee, r e a, Julie Gough and Darren Siwes, this exhibition explores what it means to embody the experiences of ancestors or history.

Pop to popism

1 Nov 2014 – 1 Mar 2015

A major survey of Australian and international pop art, featuring over 200 works from local and overseas collections including the Andy Warhol Museum, Tate and MoMA.

Drawing out
Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2014

21 Nov 2014 – 26 Jan 2015

This first in a series of curated exhibitions on Australian drawing features Australian artists for whom drawing is central to their practice and who work in and from the landscape.