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Behind the poster

Tue–Sat only 8 Oct – 13 Dec 2019

Research library and archive

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This exhibition provides an insight into the Gallery’s archival poster collection, which is rarely displayed but offers a unique perspective on 20th century Australian art.

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.

Brett Whiteley
another way of looking... Vincent.

17 May – 20 Oct 2019

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

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Whiteley pays homage to Vincent van Gogh 1968-1983

Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship 2019

20 Sep – 20 Oct 2019

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

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Begun in 1999, this scholarship for young Australian painters is celebrating its 21st year. This year’s judge is artist Gemma Smith, who selected this year’s winner and finalists from 116 entries.

Here we are

24 Aug – 13 Oct 2019

Artists consider the connections we create with others and how these connections resonate outwards through our lives.

Jeffrey Smart
constructed world

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.

Unfinished business
artists land rights treaty

Tue–Sat only 6 Jul – 28 Sep 2019

Research library and archive

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A powerful display of archival material and artworks reflecting on the artist-led, Sydney-based movement supporting land rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the early 1980s.

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

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 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.

Brett Whiteley
wildlife and other emergencies

12 Oct 2018 – 12 May 2019

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

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Paintings, drawings and sculptures exploring Whiteley’s favourite theme – animals and birds from observation.

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 across 5000 years of Chinese history.


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.

Chinese bible
revolution and art in China

3 Nov 2018 – 28 Apr 2019

Intimate recollections from five decades of 20th-century China.

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.

William Kentridge
that which we do not remember

8 Sep 2018 – 24 Mar 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.

Judy Watson
the edge of memory

10 Nov 2018 – 17 Mar 2019

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

Masters of modern art from the Hermitage

13 Oct 2018 – 3 Mar 2019

Featuring groundbreaking works by the most influential figures of modern art, including Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, Matisse, Gauguin and Kandinsky.

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili
from my heart and mind

3 Nov 2018 – 24 Feb 2019

Artist Noŋgirrŋa 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.

the abstract sublime

17 Nov 2018 – 17 Feb 2019

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

Yona Lee
In transit (double-function form)

22 Oct 2018 – 17 Feb 2019

Yona Lee gives sculptural form to ‘life on the move’– transient, itinerant, flat-packed and high speed.

Melanesian art: redux

17 Nov 2018 – 17 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.

contemporary South Asian art

21 Jul 2018 – 13 Jan 2019

The Gallery’s first exhibition to focus on women artists with ties to South Asia explores politics, nationalism and the consequences of shifting borders.

earthly pleasures and heavenly realms

27 May 2017 – 6 Jan 2019

Now in its second stage, this exhibition presents moments of joy from the Gallery’s collection of Asian art from the first century to the present.