Sydney Modern Project

Sydney Modern Project gets planning green light

We are expanding to create a vibrant new cultural meeting place to show more of the State’s outstanding art collection, to host more of the best exhibitions from around the world, and to provide a wide range of inspiring art experiences for our growing audiences.

The Gallery’s new building, designed by internationally renowned architects, SANAA, brings together art, architecture and landscape in spectacular new ways with dynamic galleries and indoor and outdoor art spaces in one of the world’s most beautiful cultural precincts.

Planning approval for the Gallery’s expansion – the Sydney Modern Project – has been received, paving the way for construction of our new building to commence in 2019. We are setting a new standard for art museums becoming the first in the nation to achieve the highest environmental standard for design with a 6-star Green Star design rating.

Art is at the heart of everything we do. With record attendances, the new building will close to double our exhibition space for the display and enjoyment of art in all its evolving forms, along with more opportunities for visitors to learn, create and discover.

Highlights of the expansion include a new prominent destination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, a major exhibition gallery, unique contemporary art space repurposed from a former WWII oil tank, and dedicated studios for education and community programs. A public Art Garden will link the new stand-alone building with our much-loved historic building.

Scheduled for completion to mark our 150th anniversary in 2021, our expanded Gallery will offer all our visitors a unique art museum experience only possible in Sydney.

FIRST LOOK: 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

“The Art Gallery of NSW is my church. It’s an incredibly exciting time to be an artist and resident of this state as our pre-eminent art museum expands.”

Ben Quilty, artist and Gallery Trustee