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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.

  • Visiting the archive

    What you need to know to prepare for a visit to the archive, including access conditions and legal information about accessing state records.

  • Using images from the archive

    The Gallery can supply digital images of material from our archives for a range of uses.

Library and archive

Open to the public
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am–4pm
Wednesday 10am–6.30pm
Saturday 12-4pm
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.

Contact the library and archive

Tel 02 9225 1785

Make a reference enquiry
Archive access application form (PDF 60.5 KB)