Crowds at the Gallery in 1906, Art Gallery of New South Wales archive
Archives at the Art Gallery of NSW
The Art Gallery of NSW was the first state gallery in the country to establish an archive and we are one of the few Australian institutions today collecting, preserving and making available for research primary material on Australian visual art.
Discover the 220-plus artists for whom we hold archival material and explore a small selection of these extraordinary archives online.
Access the administrative records of the Art Gallery of NSW from the 1870s to the present day in the archive.
We hold records from many commercial galleries, art societies and other businesses as well as from people in the art world.
Download transcripts of interviews with artists and art world figures, as part of the Balnaves Foundation Australian Sculpture Archive Project.
What you need to know to prepare for a visit to the archive, including access conditions and legal information about accessing state records.
The Gallery can supply digital images of material from our archives for a range of uses.
Library and archive
Last day open in 2018: 14 December
Re-opens in 2019: 5 February
Open to the public
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am–4pm
No appointment necessary
Conditions apply to accessing archive
Physical access to the library and archive for those who cannot use the stairs can be arranged with prior notice (preferably one working day): tel 02 9225 1738. Visitors with disabilities may wish to contact the Gallery’s access coordinator: tel 02 9225 1647.