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Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open. We are observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information, including hours

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.

  • Artists archives

    Discover the 220-plus artists for whom we hold archival material and explore a small selection of these extraordinary archives online.

  • Art Gallery of NSW administration

    Access the administrative records of the Art Gallery of NSW from the 1870s to the present day in the archive.

  • Other galleries, organisations and individuals

    We hold records from many commercial galleries, art societies and other businesses as well as from people in the art world.

  • Interviews

    Download transcripts of interviews with artists and art world figures, as part of the Balnaves Foundation Australian Sculpture Archive Project.

Temporary closure

Our research library and archive is relocating to a new purpose-built, expanded facility within the building, which means that the collections will be inaccessible for several months.

We apologise for this disruption to our service but look forward to assisting you in person and remotely in our new premises.

No reference enquiries by phone or online
From 7 November 2020 to 31 August 2021

No access to the library and archive
From 12 December 2020 to August 2021

In the meantime, see our research tools