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Image: Isaac Julien Western Union: small boats (The leopard) 2007 (video still) 16mm film transferred to digital video, colour, 5.1 surround sound Art Gallery of New South Wales, Lawrence Hinchliffe Bequest Fund 2018 © Isaac Julien. Image courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

The Art Gallery of New South Wales has announced that it will shortly be presenting Family: Visions of a Shared Humanity, an important exhibition of unmissable video works for unsettled times, by some of today’s most internationally renowned artists.

Created in partnership with Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), USA, and guest curated by Franklin Sirmans, director of PAMM, Family presents an urgent and powerful exploration of the interconnectedness of global humanity at a moment of division, from Sirmans’ own African American perspective.

The free exhibition features nine works by leading American, British and Canadian artists, including John Akomfrah (Ghana/UK, 1957), Garrett Bradley (USA, 1986), Stan Douglas (Canada, 1960), Theaster Gates (USA, 1973), Arthur Jafa (USA, 1960), Kahlil Joseph (USA, 1981), Isaac Julien (UK, 1969), Steve McQueen (UK, 1969) and Carrie Mae Weems (USA, 1953). Together these pieces open a conversation by asking ‘how do we see each other?’

This moment, marked in the United States and beyond by a litany of recent killings of black people, has also seen courageous activism and coalition building through recognition of the intersectionality of race, gender and disadvantage.

Art Gallery of NSW director, Michael Brand said Family is the first collaboration between the Art Gallery and PAMM, and part of the Gallery’s goal to represent diverse, multicultural communities within a local and global context. Continue reading AGNSW : FAMILY VISIONS OF A SHARED HUMANITY : UNMISSABLE VIDEO WORKS


Two-time Archibald Prize finalist Julia Ciccarone has been awarded the 2021 ANZ People’s Choice award for her self-portrait The sea within, painted at home during the 2020 Melbourne lockdown in response to ‘radical changes affecting culture and nature’.

Based in Alphington, Victoria, the artist painted herself lying barefoot, with wet hair and clutching paint brushes in her hand, wrapped in a blanket from her childhood, and resting her head on a suitcase her father brought to Australia from Italy when he migrated in the 1950s.

Speaking from home, once again in lockdown, Ciccarone said she is humbled and astounded to have received this year’s ANZ People’s Choice award.

‘When I painted this work, life was intense and overwhelming. It’s hard to believe that we are still experiencing times of great uncertainty, more than a year on. I believe we share in a collective trauma. But the ocean – which features large in my life and art – is my healing place,’ said Ciccarone. Continue reading A POIGNANT SELF PORTRAIT WINS THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD


Angus McDonald and his subject Behrouz Boochani Pic Damien. McDonald

Six-time Archibald Prize finalist Angus McDonald has been awarded the 2020 ANZ People’s Choice award for his portrait of Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish-Iranian writer, poet, filmmaker and journalist.

The artist, who is based in Lennox Head, NSW, first made contact with Boochani in 2018, while he was creating his award-winning short film Manus (2019) about Manus Island, where Boochani was held by the federal government for over six years as a refugee.

McDonald said he is thrilled and humbled that his portrait, Behrouz Boochani has received this year’s ANZ People’s Choice award.

“It’s the highest compliment to receive the vote of the public, for me as the artist but I suspect even more for Behrouz, who despite never even setting foot on the mainland, has earned the respect, admiration and even the love of so many Australians for his writing, his art, and his tireless struggle against captivity until he got to New Zealand last year,” said McDonald. Continue reading ARCHIBALD PRIZE ANZ PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER: ANGUS MCDONALD


There will be daily tours of Yiribana Gallery from 9-15 November before Art Gallery of NSW moves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art front and centre as part of expansion
The Gallery expansion, known as the Sydney Modern Project and scheduled to open in late 2022, is creating a new, prominent destination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art to be showcased in the new SANAA-designed building and across the entire campus.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art will be presented with unprecedented ambition, delivering commissions emerging from longstanding relationships with artists and communities.

Art Gallery of New South Wales director Michael Brand said: “Works by Indigenous artists will be the first that visitors encounter as they enter the new building, installed in a dedicated 960 sqm gallery significantly larger than the current Yiribana space in our existing building.

“Works from the Gallery’s internationally significant permanent collection will also be displayed as part of the curatorial narrative across the campus, celebrating Australia’s enduring cultural heritage and its myriad contemporary expressions,” Brand added.

As part of this vision, the space currently occupied by the current Yiribana space, three levels down in the existing building, will become part of the Gallery’s expanded library – a key project of the revitalisation of the existing building.

During ongoing construction of the Sydney Modern Project works will be shown in the existing building across three galleries on the ground floor, including the space currently hosting Joy, a free exhibition of objects and short films from across the Central Desert, and a celebration of the joy of making and sharing culture and life together.

Art Gallery of NSW senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Cara Pinchbeck, said moving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art to more prominent spaces throughout both buildings is a welcome milestone for the Gallery.

“Positioning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the forefront of our Gallery expansion celebrates the essential place it holds in the shared history and identity of this country and I can’t wait to show artists their work in its new home,” Pinchbeck said.

NAIDOC Week 2020 tours of Yiribana Gallery

Join us at the Gallery and online during NAIDOC Week 2020, 8 – 15 November, for a special program of events for all ages including talks, tours and family fun inspired by this year’s theme, ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’.

Enjoy a free Indigenous-led guided tour of the Yiribana Gallery before it closes in its current location on November 15. Meet at the tour sign near the information desk and register to attend as places are limited, Monday 9 – Sunday 15 November at 11am-12pm.

Visit Joy during NAIDOC Week and collect your free take home ‘Make art’ activity for families. Be inspired by Western Aranda artist Judith Inkamala who paints her Country near Ntaria (Hermannsburg) to create an artwork that is filled with birds.

Don’t miss the special NAIDOC Week Art After Hours Online, livestreamed from the Gallery’s Facebook and YouTube channels, free. Watch artist and Archibald Prize finalist Blak Douglas and Aboriginal rights activist Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts in conversation to discuss sovereignty and the ways they celebrate and amplify First Nations stories through their work and creative practice on Wednesday 11 November at 7.30pm AEDT; and see Art Gallery of NSW curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art Coby Edgar in conversation with artist Marlene Rubuntja about her stunning soft sculptures in Joy, their friendship and the importance of community, culture and creativity on Wednesday 18 November at 7.30pm AEDT.

For full details of NAIDOC Week 2020 at the Gallery, visit our website.