We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of New South Wales stands.

The National 2021 New Australian Art

Betty Muffler and Maringka Burton Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country) 2020 © the artists and Iwantja Arts. Photo: Iwantja Arts

Betty Muffler and Maringka Burton Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country) 2020 (detail) © the artists and Iwantja Arts

Presents current ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art

The National 2021 New Australian Art

26 March – 5 September 2021

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Lower level 2

Art Gallery of NSW

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Staged concurrently at three of Sydney’s premiere cultural institutions – the Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art – The National 2021: New Australian Art presents 39 emerging, mid-career and established Australian artists, collectives and collaboratives working in a diverse range of media across the country and overseas.

The exhibition at the Gallery, co-curated by Matt Cox and Erin Vink, presents 14 artist projects that explore the potential of art to heal and care for fragile natural and social ecosystems. In considering our relationship to sentient Country, as both a concept and lived experience, these works engender an attentiveness in and about the world.

Wona Bae & Charlie Lawler Regenerator 2021. Courtesy the artists © the artists 

Wona Bae & Charlie Lawler Regenerator 2021. Courtesy the artists © the artists 

Lisa Sammut A stellate habit 2021. Courtesy the artist © the artist 

Lisa Sammut A stellate habit 2021. Courtesy the artist © the artist 

James Tylor We Call This Place…Kaurna Yarta 2020. Courtesy the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery, Narrm (Melbourne) © the artist 

James Tylor We Call This Place…Kaurna Yarta 2020. Courtesy the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery, Narrm (Melbourne) © the artist 

Alick Tipoti Dhangal Madhubal 2021 & Baydham 2021. Courtesy the artist. Girelal 2011. Cairns Art Gallery, Queensland, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Editions Tremblay, 2012 Courtesy the artist and Cairns Art Gallery © the artist 

Alick Tipoti Dhangal Madhubal 2021 & Baydham 2021. Courtesy the artist. Girelal 2011. Cairns Art Gallery, Queensland, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Editions Tremblay, 2012 Courtesy the artist and Cairns Art Gallery © the artist 

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