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.
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.
Tel 02 9225 1785