On the road

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 continuesThrough 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! 

Touring exhibitions

The Travelling Art Exhibition truck being loaded outside the Art Gallery of NSW, c1971. Photo: Australian News and Information Bureau. National Art Archive | Art Gallery of NSW

Have wheels, will exhibit!

Touring exhibitions

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

No walls? No problem.

Touring exhibitions

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

School groups always welcome.

Touring exhibitions

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

Enjoyed by older generations.

Touring exhibitions

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

And by the young.

Touring exhibitions

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

No road too bumpy, no location too remote.

Touring exhibitions

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

You can even do your grocery shopping!