This is the first of three biennial surveys of contemporary Australian art – a collaboration between the Gallery, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Three of Sydney’s premiere cultural institutions – the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – have established a major new partnership to present a biennial survey of the latest in contemporary Australian art.
The National and its related programs will continue Sydney’s long and distinguished history of presenting the art of our time. Showing the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art over three editions in 2017, 2019 and 2021, it will make a major contribution to Sydney’s arts and cultural-events calendar.
The National, which has been scheduled in alternate years to the Biennale of Sydney, is a large-scale single curated exhibition presented across three venues. It will profile artists from different generations working throughout Australia in diverse media, and be characterised by an expansive and site-specific approach.
This exciting initiative will reinforce Sydney’s and NSW’s position as the national leader in presenting relevant and engaged contemporary arts and cultural programs. It will present NSW’s artists among their national peers, bring the best work from across the country to Sydney, and consolidate the profile of Australian arts practice among both national and international audiences.
Some of the featured works at the Art Gallery of New South Wales will include Taloi Havini’s multi-screen video installation Habitat, Tiger Yaltangki’s painting Doctor Who and Alex Martinis Roe’s new film in the series To becomes two.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will host work by Ronnie van Hout, Erin Coates and Karen Mills, and Carriageworks will feature work by Archie Moore, Justene Williams and Richard Lewer.