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Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship 2020

15 Oct – 15 Nov 2020

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Special hours

Begun in 1999, this scholarship for young Australian painters is celebrating its 22nd year. This year’s judge is artist Lucy Culliton, who selected this year’s recipients and finalists from 129 entries.

22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN

14 Mar – 27 Sep 2020

The 22nd Biennale of Sydney is an expansive artist- and First Nations-led exhibition of contemporary art that connects local communities and global networks.

Some Mysterious Process
50 Years of Collecting International Art

1 Jun – 13 Sep 2020

Curated by Gallery director Michael Brand, Some mysterious process presents 50 years of collecting international contemporary art at the Gallery and looks at how a collection evolves through curation and philanthropy.


6 Feb – 26 Apr 2020

This dynamic and popular exhibition features a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts 2019.

Brett Whiteley
Lavender Bay

25 Oct 2019 – 15 Mar 2020

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Special hours

The allure of harbour and home.

Dora Ohlfsen and the facade commission

12 Oct 2019 – 8 Mar 2020

Discover the story behind the Gallery’s unfinished front facade.

Japan supernatural

2 Nov 2019 – 8 Mar 2020

Discover a fascinating world in an exhibition like no other, featuring over 180 wildly imaginative works by Japanese artists past and present.

Making art public
50 years of Kaldor Public Art Projects

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.


9 Nov 2019 – 9 Feb 2020

In projects involving Australian artists Ben Quilty and Claudia Nicholson, young people who have experienced displacement and upheaval share their stories through art.

Where we all live

30 Nov 2019 – 9 Feb 2020

These visually minimal works by Rusty Peters, Phyllis Thomas and Peter Newry allude to an exceptionally complex layering of philosophy.


9 Nov 2019 – 2 Feb 2020

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

The living need light, the dead need music

1 Jun 2019 – 5 Jan 2020

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

Walking with gods

1 Jun 2019 – 5 Jan 2020

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