Restored and revived
Creating a Yao ceremonial painting takes about two months and is governed by strict rules of conduct. Conserving nine of these fragile works was an intricate process that took six months to complete.
1 month, 2 weeks ago, by Art Gallery of NSW blog
Sharing stories (and stickers)
The Gallery’s Belonging project aims to foster lasting connections through art by bringing together artists with children from migrant, refugee and asylum seeker communities.
2 months ago, by John Saxby
Making their mark
How does winning a travelling scholarship impact the life of a young artist? In the lead up to the awarding of the 2019 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, five past winners reflect on the experience.
4 months, 1 week ago, by Susannah Smith
A pilgrim's progress
More than 100 years ago, an 18th-century portrait of a saint by the Venetian Baroque master Tiepolo washed ashore undamaged after a shipwreck off the Australian coast. It's now back on the walls of the Gallery after conservation treatment.
6 months ago, by Anne Gerard-Austin
Successful self-portraits make visible something that is invisible, as is the case with the 11 paintings in this year's Archibald Prize in which artists have chosen to depict themselves.
6 months, 2 weeks ago, by Susannah Smith
Merrily we go to the movies
Groundbreaking female directors from the 1930s to today are showcased in a film program at the Gallery. Quick-paced, whip-smart and awaiting rediscovery by new Sydney audiences, we might say they channel the spirit of Señora Spencer, the world’s first female projectionist.
7 months ago, by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd
Marcel Duchamp: from A to Z
A beginner’s guide to Marcel Duchamp, one of the 20th century’s most original artistic figures and subject of 'The essential Duchamp' exhibition.
7 months, 3 weeks ago, by John Saxby
My big break
Four women artists with works in the Art Gallery of NSW collection reflect on their formative moments in the art world.
10 months, 2 weeks ago, by Susannah Smith
Australia is top of the world map in Reena Saini Kallat’s installation, created specifically for the Gallery, which traces migration routes taken by groups of people, from indentured labourers to professionals.
1 year, 3 months ago, by Sarah Couper
Stockings and spice
Anyone who has ever owned a pair of stockings and tried to get through a winter without them running or becoming a saggy lump will appreciate the complexities of maintaining a room-full of stockings into perpetuity.
1 year, 4 months ago, by Lisa Catt
Spacemakers and roomshakers
Bicycle wheels, stuffed goats, tonnes of sugar, soap bubbles, crushed cars, potted plants, lard, plastic bottles, television monitors… The list of things from which sculpture can be made today is almost endless.
1 year, 5 months ago, by Justin Paton
Anna May Wong was no ordinary star. Born in Los Angeles in 1905 to second-generation Chinese parents, she broke into Hollywood at a time when studios baulked at screen-testing actresses of colour.
1 year, 6 months ago, by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd
A year that shook the world
To commemorate the golden anniversary of 1968, the Gallery’s latest film season offers a genre-spanning, globetrotting snapshot of a year that shook the world.
1 year, 11 months ago, by Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd
Sounds of silence
If the paintings of the Dutch golden age could sing, what would they sound like?
2 years, 1 month ago, by Sarah Couper
Inside Sidney Nolan's last studio
Sidney Nolan is one of Australia's most celebrated artists. His last studio, in the Welsh Marches on the border of Wales and England, is preserved for researchers and visitors, and still runs as an organic farm.
2 years, 1 month ago, by Paula Dredge
Inside a framing studio
Frames have seldom been paid much attention in art history but they are art’s great scene-setters. A visit to the studio of the Gallery's frame-maker illuminates an art form that lives in the margins.
2 years, 3 months ago, by Sarah Couper
Written with the body
No practice. No rubbing out. And don’t spill anything. These were some of the challenges artist Liang Xiao Ping faced recently when writing calligraphy in acrylic and Chinese ink across an 11-metre length of stretched canvas in the Art Gallery of NSW.
3 years, 8 months ago, by John Saxby