On the menu
Food may be fundamental to our survival, but it is much more than a quotidian necessity. What we eat and drink, and how we consume, helps define our times and our lives.
1 week, 3 days ago, by Yin Cao
A world of ideas in miniature
The maquettes of pioneering sculptor Margel Hinder offer a glimpse into a curious, gorgeous miniature world of sculptural ideas.
1 month, 3 weeks ago, by Art Gallery of NSW blog
A monumental mounting task
Follow the journey as Gallery staff work with artist Danie Mellor to realise his monumental drawing installation.
2 months, 2 weeks ago, by Art Gallery of NSW blog
Nathan Hawkes studio visit
For 'Real Worlds' artist Nathan Hawkes, everyday life and artistic expression are as one: his studio is also his family’s living room.
4 months ago, by John Saxby
This year's iteration of the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial highlights how the immediacy and intimacy of drawing has an intensity that is attuned to our times,
4 months, 1 week ago, by Anne Ryan
Anna is a palindrome
Anna is a palindrome – a word or phrase that reads the same backwards as it does forwards. It's also the name of a 1965 work by Michael Johnson, which the artist considers a visual palindrome. The painting recently underwent conservation treatment.
4 months, 2 weeks ago, by Céline de Courlon
Kiwis and the Archibald
With the Archibald Prize conditions specifying that entering artists must be residents of Australasia, New Zealand artists, and sitters, have been part of the prize since its early days.
5 months, 3 weeks ago, by Kirsten Tilgals
The five senses
One of the Gallery’s most important old masters – Carlos Cignani’s ‘The five senses’ – is back on display in the grand courts following an extensive conservation treatment of both the painting and its magnificent frame.
5 months, 4 weeks ago, by Art Gallery of NSW blog
Vale John Schaeffer AO
It is with deep regret that the Gallery notes the death of John Schaeffer AO, benefactor, former Gallery and Foundation trustee, knowledgeable and passionate art collector and a galvanising force in the appreciation of Victorian-era art.
9 months, 1 week ago, by Art Gallery of NSW blog
Looking at music and listening to art
While visual art might be accused of having become increasingly elitist during the 20th century, music became more popular, affordable and accessible. It’s no wonder that so many artists make work that is inspired by music or which tries to bring art and music together to create something new.
10 months, 1 week ago, by Nicholas Chambers
The band name game: conservation edition
Our conservators, like pretty much everyone we know, love inventing names for fictitious bands and have found plenty of inspiration in the conservation lab. In what we're pretty sure is a world first, we present a music-conservation crossover that is not only fun but also surprisingly educational.
10 months, 1 week ago, by Together In Art
We have survived
1988 was a time of political division, protest and action in response to Australia’s bicentenary. Gurindji, Malngin and Mudburra artist and curator Brenda L Croft was then working at Radio Redfern. With this playlist, she reflects, through music, on a moment that still reverberates.
10 months, 2 weeks ago, by Brenda L Croft
Vale Peter Weiss AO
The Art Gallery of NSW has paid tribute to one of its longest-standing patrons, Peter Weiss AO. The renowned businessman and arts philanthropist was among the first supporters of the Gallery’s Foundation and was appointed a Life Governor of the Gallery in recognition of his generosity.
10 months, 2 weeks ago, by Art Gallery of NSW blog
A date with art
To celebrate our reopening week, we gave people the chance to have an up-close and personal encounter with art before opening hours with our Art Date competition. The winners were matched with a curator and their favourite artworks.
10 months, 2 weeks ago, by Faith Chisholm
You’re the voice
Critic Anwen Crawford joins us as a guest blogger as we consider the power of music and its intersection with art. One of her subjects is Susan Hiller's artwork in the Gallery's collection - an installation that includes a Wurlitzer jukebox offering 100 protest songs.
10 months, 2 weeks ago, by Anwen Crawford
As we welcome visitors into the Gallery's vestibule for the first time in ten weeks, we also mark the passing of Christo, the artist who wrapped this space so memorably in 1990 – as he did, famously, the cliffs of Sydney's Little Bay in 1969 for the first Kaldor Public Art Project.
10 months, 3 weeks ago, by Art Gallery of NSW blog
Members of the Gallery's Youth Collective have created a diverse soundtrack of anthems made by young Australian artists, for listeners to shut off, relax, discover and (hopefully) have a boogie.
10 months, 3 weeks ago, by Youth Collective
With warmth and love
In response to Rainbow Chan's Together In Art Performance, Tanwee Shrestha and Jenny Trinh from the New Age Noise Collective pay homage to the Sydney musician.
10 months, 3 weeks ago, by New Age Noise Collective
Time for serious fun
With the Gallery's family programs suspended due to COVID-19, a new opportunity arose to help some of the families and communities we connect with across the state cope with the strange new situation - and have some serious fun!
10 months, 3 weeks ago, by Victoria Collings
Through young eyes
With props at the ready, they move swiftly through the Gallery spaces, gaggles of children in tow, greeting artworks like old friends. Who are these passionate art warriors? They are the Gallery’s children’s guides and volunteers, and these are some of their stories.
10 months, 3 weeks ago, by Together In Art
Vale Frank Watters
One of Australia’s longest-serving and most influential gallerists, Frank Watters AOM was co-founder of the Watters Gallery, a unique and much-loved Sydney institution.
10 months, 3 weeks ago, by Denise Mimmocchi
Art is my oxygen
There’s one thing more important than coming to the Gallery, and that is coming back. Emma Price is a young artist who knows this very well, as she's been visiting since she was a toddler,
10 months, 3 weeks ago, by Together In Art
The power of play
Play is vital for maintaining our sense of wellbeing through all stages of life. These works from the Gallery's collection illustrate play in its different forms, and are accompanied by ideas for fun activities, no matter what your age.
10 months, 4 weeks ago, by Faith Chisholm
An art of touch and tending
If you’ve visited us over the years, you may have been greeted by banksias, paper daisies, birds of paradise and palm fronds. These vibrant ikebana arrangements were created by the Gallery’s inaugural curator of film, the late Robert Herbert.
11 months ago, by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd
Be my guide
To celebrate National Volunteer Week and the Gallery's reopening on 1 June, our volunteer guides imagine nine very different visitors, each with a different hope for their Gallery visit, and tell us which artwork they would share with each of those viewers.
11 months ago, by Together In Art