Three of Sydney’s premier cultural institutions – the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) – are establishing a major new exhibition partnership surveying the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art: The National: New Australian Art.
The National: New Australian Art will take place over a six-year period, with three editions presented in 2017, 2019 and 2021. It will present local artists among their national peers, bring the best work from across the country to Sydney, support artists in the realisation of new work and consolidate the profile of Australian arts practice both locally and internationally.
The initial nine artists announced are from six Australian states and territories:
• Museum of Contemporary Art Australia: Erin Coates (Perth, Western Australia), Karen Mills (Darwin, Northern Territory), Ronnie van Hout (Melbourne, Victoria)
• Art Gallery of NSW: Taloi Havini (Melbourne, Victoria; Sydney, New South Wales; Bougainville and Buka), Tiger Yaltangki (Indulkana, South Australia) and Alex Martinis Roe (Berlin, Germany)
• Carriageworks: Archie Moore (Toowoomba, Queensland), Justene Williams (Western Sydney, New South Wales), Richard Lewer (Melbourne, Victoria)
These artists highlight the curatorial vision for the exhibition, representing a mix of emerging, mid-career and established artists drawn from around the country and practicing overseas. New and recently commissioned works encompass a diverse range of mediums including painting, video, sculpture, installation, drawing and performance.
Curators for the 2017 edition of The National: New Australian Art are Anneke Jaspers, Curator Contemporary Art and Wayne Tunnicliffe, Head Curator Australian Art, Art Gallery of NSW; Lisa Havilah, Director and Nina Miall, Curator, Carriageworks; and Blair French, Director, Curatorial & Digital, MCA.
The exhibition will continue Sydney’s long and distinguished history of showcasing the art of our times and reinforce its position as the national leader in presenting relevant and engaged contemporary arts and cultural programs.
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia: 30 March – 18 June 2017
Art Gallery of New South Wales: 30 March – 30 July 2017
Carriageworks: 30 March – 18 June 2017