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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

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.

Are you planning to visit?

Although general access to the library and archive is not currently possible, researchers can make an appointment to visit, specifying the resources they wish to use in advance, with at least two days’ notice.
10am-4pm, Tuesday-Friday
Tel 02 9225 1785

Read the latest visit information

Contact the library and archive

Tel 02 9225 1785

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