Biennale of Sydney 2006
International festival of contemporary art. The conceptual framework of 15th Biennale of Sydney is 'zones of contact' and the exhibition includes a range of some 80 artists from 40 countries around the world practising in all forms of the visual arts.
8 June - 27 August 2006
Adventures with Form in Space
The Balnaves Foundation Sculpture project 2006. Includes artists: Hany Armanious, Damiano Bertoli, Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, Jonathan Jones, Nike Savvas, Nick Mangan, John Meade. This exhibition considers the ways in which these artists use form, colour and space in sculpture.
9 August - 13 September 2006
Archibald Wynne & Sulman Prizes 2006
This exhibition displays the winners and nominated entries for the Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes, as well as the Photographic Portrait Prize.
25 March - 28 May 2006
Art of Music Exhibition
Jenny Morris and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia present a unique fundraising event combining the visual arts and music. This exhibition brings together great artists and the songwriters whose songs have been chosen as inspiration.
7 - 23 October 2006
A dynamic and popular exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts, 2005. It includes a broad range of approaches, and expressive forms, including ceramics, collection of works, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video.
4 February - 9 April 2006
Melbourne artist Brendan Lee works in the medium of video installation. His work: Two Birds with one Stone, explores the linear motion of film through re-contextualising existing and constructed filmic moments.
26 October - 6 December 2006
Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) was the only painter of the Impressionist group who participated in all eight of the historic Impressionist exhibitions and was regarded as a central figure of the group. This exhibition is the largest by a major Impressionist artist ever to be held in Australia.
19 November 2005 - 19 February 2006
An installation by Constanze Zikos, of wall pieces that allude to everyday architecture – sidewalks, elevators, subways, patterns – within the gallery space.
13 April - 21 May 2006
An exhibition of paintings by David Griggs, engaging with political imagery, underground media, conspiracy theories, local crime histories and personal experiences.
16 February - 2 April 2006
Dobell Prize for Drawing 2006
The most important drawing prize in Australia. It was established in 1993 as an initiative of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation.
29 September – 3 December 2006
This is an exhibition of sketchbook drawings by Frank Hodgkinson, documenting his travels in Europe following WW2. The drawings include images of Italy (in particular Florence), Paris and England.
19 July - 17 September 2006
This exhibition brings to Australia, for the first time, sculptures, prints and drawings by Alberto Giacometti drawn from the remarkable modern art collection of the Marguerite and Aimé Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France.
18 August - 29 October 2006
Grace Cossington Smith
Grace Cossington Smith is widely considered to be one of Australia's most significant artists. She played a vital role in the development of modernism in Australia. This retrospective exhibition traces Grace Cossington Smith’s artistic development through paintings, drawings and her many sketchbooks.
3 November 2005 - 15 January 2006
This exhibition presents the inter-relationship between Kevin Connor's drawings and monumental paintings of the last decade or so. Uncompromisingly his subject is life on the street, in cafes, railway stations, parks and foodhalls, principally in Sydney, Paris and London.
28 April - 25 June 2006
Nora Heysen drawings
This exhibition displays a many of Nora Heysen's fine drawings, several for the first time.
21 December 2005 - 12 February 2006
An exhibition of photographs by Lewis Morley, known for portrait work, reportage and theatre photography.
5 July - 10 September 2006
An exhibition of photographs blurring the borders between dream and photography. Includes photographs by Robert Ashton, Robert Besanko, Kate Breakey, Ian Dodd and Victoria Fernandez.
18 February - 2 April 2006
Notes from the River Caves: Peter Kingston & Martin Sharp
From the halcyon days of the hippy, anti-establishment era, this collection installation will explore the inventive genius of Sydney artists Peter Kingston and Martin Sharp, two key artists of the Yellow House.
20 September - 19 November 2006
This display of some 100 works tells the unfolding story of the graphic arts in Europe, from the time of Mantegna and the master printmakers of the Italian Renaissance up to the 18th century. The exhibition features such artists as Dürer, Rembrandt, Callot, Canaletto and Fragonard.
3 June - 6 August 2006
Points of View
A survey of Australian photography 1985-95. Includes works by Anne Zahalka, Rosemary Laing, Dennis del Favero, Luke Roberts, William Yang, Anne Ferran, David Stephenson, Helen Grace, Sandy Edwards, Robyn Stacey and Debra Phillips.
19 November 2005 - 29 January 2006
Saskia Olde Wolbers
Saskia Olde Wolbers was the recipient of the prestigious Becks' Futures Award at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London in 2004.
15 December 2005 - 5 February 2006
Self Portrait: Renaissance to Contemporary
This major exhibition brings together painted self-portraits by some of the world's greatest artists from the mid 16th Century to the beginning of the 21st Century.
17 February - 14 May 2006
New York based Iranian artist Shirin Neshat uses video installation to explore immigrant experiences. Conceived in the form of a poetic allegory, Tooba reveals that even in paradise there is conflict. It is also accompanied by a series of the artist’s photographs.
16 December 2005 – 29 January 2006
Shoot the Chef
Finalists of the 7th annual Sydney Morning Herald Shoot the Chef! Photographic Competition will be exhibited as part of Good Food Month this October.
30 September - 31 October 2006
Symbols & ceremonies
This exhibition presents examples of lavish court textiles from Java, boldly designed warrior cloths from Sumba, narrative paintings of the Ramayana epic from Bali and ship cloths from Sumatra.
13 April - 28 May 2006
The Photographic Portrait Prize
The Photographic Portrait Prize has been established to promote contemporary portrait photography and excellence in all forms of still photo-based art. It welcomes entries that embrace new and innovative approaches to an established photographic genre.
25 March - 28 May 2006
An exhibition that displays Theo Scharf's best remembered work, Night in a city, a portfolio of twenty etchings.
5 April - 14 May 2006
Unryuan: contemporary lacquer master
Kitamura Tatsuo, working under the art name Unryuan, is one of Japan's leading contemporary lacquer artists. Unryuan's exquisite works display an astonishing range of styles and demonstrate an impressive imaginative flair as well as a remarkable technical skill.
26 January – 23 April 2006
Wanderlust: Artist Books
Alexander Arcus is an artist working in paint, textiles and paper. Liz Jeneid is an artist who has been making artist books since 1989. This Research Library exhibition examines the process of notation by these two artists of their travels in Australia and overseas.
7 September - 24 November 2006 (Mon - Fri only)
Works from the Australian collection on the theme of waterfalls, including paintings by Eugene von Guérard, Conrad Martens, Fred Williams, William Delafield Cook and a group of spectacular 19th century photographs.
17 May - 16 July 2006
Leading Japanese contemporary artist Yukinori Yanagi uses national symbols to question the politics and ideology of contemporary Japan. In this exhibition, Yanagi explores questions of nationalism and cultural identity through two of Japan's best-known national symbols.
10 February - 26 March 2006
Zen Mind, Zen Brush
This exhibition, drawn from the remarkable private collection of Dr Kurt A. Gitter and Alice Rae Yelen, will include works by the greatest Zen masters of the last three centuries.
17 June - 24 September 2006