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Points of View: Australian art conversation

Ellen van Neerven, an Indigenous writer based in Brisbane, wrote these poems in response to Emily Kam Kngwarray’s Anwerlarr Anganenty (Big yam Dreaming) 1995 and read them at the Points of View: Australian art conversation on Kngwarray’s Big Yam Dreaming …  More

Plastics in Art: Part 1

David McDiarmid was one of the first Australian artists to use synthetic plastics as a principal medium in his art.  His choice reflects the increasing pervasiveness of plastics in everyday life during the 1970s and the growing availability of plastics …  More

Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces – The Orbweavers

This week The Orbweavers will be performing in the Great Hall for Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces. Here, we asked them a few questions about music and art. Book tickets now.   Describe your sound in 5 words or less? …  More

The Sydney Bird Painter Boobook owl (c. 1790-1800)

This watercolour is the earliest Australian work in the NGV Collection. The boobook owl was drawn by an unidentified artist, possibly a member of the First Fleet, whose hand has also been identified in watercolours held in the Mitchell Library, …  More

A fine example of collaboration: furniture design, architecture and photography

Film and photography are a fascinating adjunct in Mid Century Modern: Australian furniture design.  They provide glimpses of the context in which furniture was used, and a sense of the impact of new ways of living in mid-century homes and …  More

Jack Meyer, Industrial Revolution

As you leave the retro cool of  mid-century Australian design and furniture pieces of the Mid-Century Modern  exhibition, you may be surprised by a last minute 3 meter long splash of the seventies that is more kamikazes and wine coolers …  More

Frederick McCubbin The pioneer 1904

McCubbin’s monumental painting The pioneer reflects the self-conscious nationalism of the years immediately following Federation. Each panel is ‘read’ to link the progress of toil on this land across time. The first panel shows a pioneering couple in their new …  More