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Sydney Modern Project

Aerial shot of Sydney Modern site

Aerial image of the Sydney Modern Project as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA (c) Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2021

More art for more people

As we mark our 150th anniversary, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is poised for an exciting new era with the completion of the Sydney Modern Project at the end of 2022.

This once in a generation project is an important transformation of our flagship public institution into a two-building art museum that will almost double the space for the display and enjoyment of art, providing more art for more people.

A new standalone building, public art garden and revitalised historic building with a grand forecourt will bring together art, architecture and landscape in spectacular new ways, with dynamic galleries, site-specific works by leading Australian and international artists, and extensive outdoor spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Pritzker Prize-winning architects SANAA have designed a new, open and accessible home for art, sensitive to our beautiful parkland setting overlooking Sydney Harbour, on Gadigal country. We’re Australia’s first art museum to be awarded the highest rating for sustainable design. The Gallery remains open during construction.

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Explore some of the spaces in the new building in this architectural visualisation.

From our stunning parkland and harbourside home, our transformed institution will represent Sydney’s bold spirit as a leading 21st-century art museum with a deep commitment to both Australian and international art.
Michael Brand, Gallery Director