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The National 2019: New Australian Art

March 29, 2019 - July 21, 2019

Melanie Jame Wolf, HIGHNESS (still), 2017, live performance 60 minutes and multi-channel video installation. Image Bryony Jackson. Image courtesy and © the artist. 


The National 2019: New Australian Art presents the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art, curated across three of Sydney’s premier cultural institutions: the Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. A six-year initiative over three editions in 2017, 2019 and 2021, the curatorial vision for the exhibition represents a mix of emerging, mid-career and established artists drawn from around the country and Australian artists practising overseas.

New and commissioned works encompass a diverse range of mediums including painting, video, sculpture, installation, drawing and performance. Connecting three of Sydney’s key cultural precincts – The Domain, Redfern and Circular Quay – The National 2019: New Australian Art is the only large-scale recurring exhibition in the city focused solely on contemporary Australian art.

Curators for the 2019 edition of The National 2019: New Australian Art are Isobel Parker Philip, Curator of Photographs, Art Gallery of NSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Curator of Visual Arts, Carriageworks; Clothilde Bullen, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander exhibitions and collections and Anna Davis, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

Dates and Venues:

Art Gallery of New South Whales: 29th March – 21st July 2019

Carriage Works: 29th March – 23rd June 2019

Museum of Contemporary Art: 29th March – 23rd June 2019