Painting

Sidney Nolan

Head behind the scenes as we unpack some of the artist’s amazing artifacts and the stories behind them.

1 month ago by Paula Dredge
Sidney Nolan

Australian art arrivals 1832–2007

To coincide with Refugee Week, we’re challenging you to complete McKenna’s crossword with some new clues – all related to artists who have immigrated to Australia and enriched cultural life here.

2 months ago
Australian art arrivals 1832–2007

Sumn Conduit

Australian duo Sumn Conduit create a densely layered sound-work for voice and electronics exploring ‘The tongue in the middle of the port’ by American artist Mark Bradford.

2 months ago
Sumn Conduit

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.

2 months ago
A date with art

Heather Shannon

Fall into the hauntingly beautiful sounds of ‘Midnight sun’, a piano composition by Heather Shannon.

3 months ago
Heather Shannon

Conserving a classic

Switch on for a slow TV experience as senior conservator Simon Ives cleans Arthur Streeton’s The Gloucester Buckets from 1894.

3 months ago
Conserving a classic

Maissa Alameddine

This sublime sensory experience by performance artist Maissa Alameddine, set against a vibrant abstract painting by Lesley Dumbrell, features ‘Hal Asmar el Lon’, a traditional Arabic song about yearning for the beloved.

3 months ago
Maissa Alameddine

Ghosts of the
Spanish flu

The present crisis is often compared to the influenza pandemic of 1918–19. So how did artists of the time respond?

3 months ago by Faith Chisholm
Ghosts of the Spanish flu

Sun, sand and social responsibility

As enigmatic as it is iconic, Charles Meere’s painting Australian beach pattern took on new meaning when COVID-19 closed Sydney’s beaches.

4 months ago by Denise Mimmocchi
Sun, sand and social responsibility

Night in the museum

It’s sad to think of our Gallery closed, but the photographic series Las meninas reborn in the night I-VIII by Yasumasa Morimura helps take the edge off the melancholy.

4 months ago
Night in the museum