The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) opened in 1874 to promote art through exhibitions, lectures and art classes. Exhibitions in the gallery change frequently and there are numerous pop-up exhibitions throughout the year. General admission to the Gallery, most exhibitions and guided tours are free where passionate volunteers take you through the main gallery or individual exhibitions.
One of the most famous annual exhibitions the AGNSW presents is the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes - normally starting in May each year, however this year has been postponed until later 2020 due to Covid-19. The Archibald Prize was first awarded in 1921, next year will see the "Archie100" 100 years celebrations.
The Archibald Prize is awarded to the best portrait painted by any Australasian artist. The criteria requires to paint a distinguished person from the fields of art, letters, science or politics.
The Wynne Prize is awarded annually for the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists.
The Sulman Prize is awarded for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist.
People from all over the world join Sydney locals in anticipation for the various Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes to be announced prior to opening, like the Packer's Prize and Overall Winners.
Then it's you're opportunity to visit and enter your choice for the People's Choice Award. The date for 2020 is still to be announced - watch this space!
The gallery has recently re-opened again, see what's on at Current Exhibitions
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney, 1800 679 278
Daily 10am-5pm; Wednesday 10am-10pm
General admission is free. Admission fee is required for some temporary exhibitions.
- Enjoy a lovely walk around the Harbour (down McElhone Stairs) to ArtSpace have a coffee or lunch along the Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo, walk up the stairs to the Art Gallery of NSW,
- Take the tram (Sydney Light Rail) all the way to the end at Circular Quay Head towards the Sydney Opera House and walk across The Royal Botanic Garden to the Art Gallery of NSW. Enjoy lunch at Chiswick at the Gallery made famous with Chef Matt Moran.
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