Art Sets.

On the road

A Together In Art Pocket Exhibition curated by Georgia Connolly and Heather Tralaggan

Georgia Connolly is exhibition loans and touring manager at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Heather Tralaggan is touring exhibition assistant at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

It began in 1944 with wooden boxes on a freight train and hessian-covered screens in the local Scout Hall. Today, the Gallery’s touring exhibition program continues. Through partnership and collaboration with our friends and colleagues in regional galleries and museums, the program strives to connect audiences across NSW with great art and exhibitions. Here are our tips learned over the last seven decades, with images from the Gallery's National Art Archive.

The Travelling Art Exhibition truck being loaded outside the Art Gallery of New South Wales, c. 1971. Photo: Australian News and Information Bureau. National Art Archive | Art Gallery of NSW

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The Travelling Art Exhibition truck being loaded outside the Art Gallery of New South Wales, c. 1971. Photo: Australian News and Information Bureau. National Art Archive | Art Gallery of NSW

No walls? No problem.

Wagga Wagga, 1944

One hundred and fifty years of painting in Australia, Wagga Wagga, 1944. Photo by Ernest Tooley. National Art Archive | Art Gallery of NSW

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One hundred and fifty years of painting in Australia, Wagga Wagga, 1944. Photo by Ernest Tooley. National Art Archive | Art Gallery of NSW

School groups always welcome.

Newcastle, 1968

AGNSW Travelling Art Exhibition, Newcastle, 1968. National Art Archive | Art Gallery of NSW

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AGNSW Travelling Art Exhibition, Newcastle, 1968. National Art Archive | Art Gallery of NSW

Enjoyed by older generations.

Bega, 1976

Aspects of Australian art, Bega, 1977. National Art Archive | Art Gallery of NSW

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Aspects of Australian art, Bega, 1977. National Art Archive | Art Gallery of NSW

And by the young.

Bega, 1977

Aspects of Australian art, Bega, 1977. National Art Archive | Art Gallery of NSW

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Aspects of Australian art, Bega, 1977. National Art Archive | Art Gallery of NSW

No road too bumpy, no location too remote.

Walgett, 1977

AGNSW Travelling Art Exhibition truck outside Walgett, 1977. National Art Archive | Art Gallery of NSW

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AGNSW Travelling Art Exhibition truck outside Walgett, 1977. National Art Archive | Art Gallery of NSW

You can even do your grocery shopping!

Penrith, 1980

Contrasts, the first Onsight travelling exhibition, Penrith, Western Sydney, 1980. National Art Archive | Art Gallery of NSW

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Contrasts, the first Onsight travelling exhibition, Penrith, Western Sydney, 1980. National Art Archive | Art Gallery of NSW