A major exhibition partnership between three of Sydney’s premier cultural institutions, The National: New Australian Art is a six-year initiative presenting the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art over three editions in 2017, 2019 and 2021.


A Constructed World, Vernon Ah Kee and Dalisa Pigram with Marrugeku, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley,  Mitch Cairns, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Agatha Gothe-Snape with Andrew Burrell, Alana Hunt, Karrabing Film Collective, Michelle Nikou, Sarah Rodigari, Darren Sylvester, Brendan Van Hek, Isadora Vaughan.

Curated by Abigail Moncrieff.

Art Gallery of NSW

Agatha Gothe-Snape with Andrew Burrell, Fiona Hall, Gabriella Hirst, Wona Bae and Charlie LawlerBetty Muffler and Maringka BurtonLisa Sammut, Benjamin Sexton, Justin Shoulder, Leyla Stevens, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Abdullah M.I. Syed, Alick Tipoti, James Tylor, Judy Watson.

Curated by Matt Cox and Erin Vink.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Lauren Berkowitz, Maree Clarke, Mehwish Iqbal, Kate Just, Deborah Kelly, Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Cameron Robbins, Caroline Rothwell, Sally Smart, Mulkun Wirrpanda, John Wolseley, Judith Wright.

Curated by Rachel Kent.


Image 1: Karrabing Film Collective Day in the Life # 2 (still), 2020. Image courtesy and © the artists.
Image 2: Isadora Vaughan, Bilirubin Bezoar, 2019, installation view, Gertrude Glasshouse, Melbourne, Image courtesy the artist and STATION © the artist. Photograph: Christo Crocker.
Image 3: Brendan Van Hek, Turn the night to day, installation view, 2015. Image courtesy and © the artist. Photograph: Ashley Barber.
Image 4: Alana Hunt, All the violence within this, 2019. Image courtesy and © the artist.
Image 5: Vernon Ah Kee and Dalisa Pigram, Gudirr Gudirr, 2020. Image courtesy Marrugeku Inc and Felix Media Pty Ltd. Photograph: Emma Paine.

Art Gallery of New South Wales
26 March – 5 September 2021

26 March – 20 June 2021

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
26 March – 22 August 2021

Entry to the exhibition is free at the three institutions.

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Presented by Carriageworks, Art Gallery of NSW and Museum of Contemporary Art.

Supported by Major Partner Bloomberg Philanthropies.