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19th Century watercolours, drawings and pastels
This wonderful selection of some 80 watercolours, drawings and pastels enlarges our appreciation of the all important collection of Australian art at the Gallery and our perspective on 19th century Australian art as a whole. 6 April until 19 June 2005.

2005 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship Announcement
The 2005 Brett Whiteley travelling art scolarship winner will be announced Thursday 29 September 12 noon at the Brett Whiteley Studio, 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills. The exhibition runs from 1 October to 4 December 2005.

2005 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship winner
Wayde Owen was announced the winner of the 2005 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship Thursday 29 September 12 noon at the Brett Whiteley Studio, 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills.
Exhibition: 1 October - 4 December 2005

2005 Dobell Prize for Drawing
The Dobell Prize for Drawing is one of the most coveted art awards in Australia. Initiated by the trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, the Prize was first awarded in 1993. The winner receives $20,000. 5 August - 16 October 2005

2005 Dobell Prize winner
4 August 2005: It was announced at the Art Gallery of New South Wales today that KEVIN CONNOR is the winner of the 2005 Dobell Prize for Drawing for his drawing, 'Le Grand Palais, Clémenceau, de Gaulle and me'.

2005 Exhibitions
Selection of exhibitions on view at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2005.

2005 People's Choice Winner
This year over 36,000 voted in this year's People's Choice for the Archibald Prize and their favourite was Nicholas Hardingís portrait Bobís daily swim.

2005 Winners AWS & Photo Portrait Prizes
Winners, finalists, and press releases on the 2005 Archibald, Wynne, Sulman Prizes and The Citigroup Private Bank Australian Photographic Portrait Prize.

Archibald Art After Hours program 2005
Celebrate Australia's most extraordinary and oldest art event during the Gallery's late night Wednesday until 9pm. Revel in lively debate and controversy with our own celebrities during the Art After Hoursí program comprising free talks, films, tours and live music.

Archibald Dates 2005
Media release - important dates for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, 2004.

Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes 2005
Australia's most extraordinary art event, the Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is one of this country's oldest and most prestigious art awards. Combined with the Wynne and Sulman Prizes, lively debate and controversy is assured.

Archibald, Wynne, Sulman & Photo prizes Finalists
Finalist artists and works selected for the 2005 Archibald, Wynne, Sulman and Citigroup Private Bank Australian Photographic Portrait Prizes.

Australian Photographic Portrait Prize 2005
Now in its third year, The Citigroup Private Bank Australian Photographic Portrait Prize attracts entries from around Australia. As with the Archibald Prize, the subjects are wide-ranging, often revealing an intimate insight into people in their everyday life, or the side of a celebrity not seen before. 30 April until 3 July

Bill Henson
This landmark exhibition is the first major survey of Bill Henson's work, and has been organised by the Art Gallery of NSW. It is the major visual arts event in the 2005 Sydney Festival, and will be on view from 8 January to 3 April, before touring to the National Gallery of Victoria from 23 April to 10 July 2005.

Bill Henson Art After Hours program
January - March 2005. Enjoy the Bill Henson exhibition and free events at the Art Gallery of New South Wales every Wednesday until 9pm

Boucher, Watteau and the Origin of the Rococo
Francois Boucher, along with his predecessor Antoine Watteau and contemporaries were responsible for the development of the style known as the Rococo. The works in this exhibition come from one of the foremost collections of Old Master drawings in the world, the …cole Nationale Supťrieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. 5 March until 1 May 2005

Brett Whiteley Early Works
An exhibition of the earliest works of Brett Whiteley during the period 1955-65 shows his pivotal shift from abstraction to figuration and the establishment of his international reputation. On view until 25 September at the Brett Whiteley Studio.

Community Ambassadors
The Art Gallery of New South Wales has a significant new programme to expand the Gallery's audience into the non-English speaking communities.

Cy Twombly
The Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney is delighted to announce one of most significant acquisitions the Gallery has ever made - Cy Twombly's Three studies from the Temeraire. 16 November 2004.

Dadang Christanto - They give evidence
Installed in the Art Gallery of New South Wales' temporary exhibitions space within the new Asian galleries is the confronting and moving larger-than-life sculptures of human suffering by Dadang Christanto. 25 February until 15 May 2005.

December Art After Hours
Enjoy the Silly Season during the Gallery's late night Wednesday program Art After Hours with free celebrity talks, concerts, live French music in the ArtBar, vintage French films + Christmas shopping at the Gallery Shop.

Grace Cossington Smith
This major retrospective exhibition reveals Cossington Smith as a highly adventurous artist who was one of this country's pioneering post-impressionists and one of the most brilliant artists of her generation.
3 November 2005 - 15 January 2006

Jeppe Hein - NEONWALL
From the artist who destroyed the Johann Konig Gallery with a steel sphere hurtling uncontrollably around the exhibition space, to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, is the latest International contemporary art exhibition, 'Neonwall' by Jeppe Hein.
20 September - 6 November 2005

Kurt Schwitters Acquisition
Out of the Dark by German artist Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) has been purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales with funds provided by the Ruth Komon Fund in memory of Rudy Komon 2004.

Margaret Preston Art After Hours program - August
The Gallery celebrates the exhibition of Australia's most famous female artist Margaret Preston with a range of key speakers, films, guided tours and live music performances during the Gallery's late night Wednesday events program Art After Hours.

Margaret Preston Art After Hours program - October
Deborah Thomas, Simon Marnie and Bruce Elder give free talks on Australia's most famous female artist Margaret Preston during the Gallery's late night Wednesday events program - Art After Hours. The October program also includes free films, live music and guided tours. Free of charge.

Margaret Preston Art After Hours program - September
The Gallery celebrates the exhibition of Australia's most famous female artist Margaret Preston with concerts, films, guided tours and live music performances during the Gallery's late night Wednesday events program Art After Hours.

Margaret Preston: art and life
This is the first major retrospective of Margaret Preston (1875-1963), one of Australia's most celebrated artists, and is certainly Australia's most famous woman artist. Her cosmopolitan paintings and prints of the 1920s, 30s and 40s epitomise not only one of the most distinctive eras in the history of Australian art, but also one of the country's most aesthetically innovative periods.
29 July - 23 October 2005

Mutlu «erkez / Marco Fusinato
A collaborative project by two Melbourne artists. Frieze paintings by Mutlu «erkez and clear records etched with drawings by Marco Fusinato in the Art Gallery of NSW's Level 2 Contemporary Projects Space. On view from 6 February until 20 March 2005.

myVirtualGallery Launched
The Art Gallery of New South Wales has launched an exciting, new way to explore and interact with its collection, online. myVirtualGallery gives visitors insight into the role of a curator, by allowing them to assemble their own exhibitions, using artworks from the Gallery's extensive collection. It even gives them the opportunity to contribute their exhibitions to the website.

Nelson Meers Foundation & Sidney Nolan
A room dedicated to the Nelson Meers Foundation will be officially opened displaying the five iconic Sidney Nolan paintings purchased with funds provided by their foundation, together with other major works from the Gallery's Nolan collection.

NEON
Two of Australia's best-known contemporary artists Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley are set to exhibit one of their latest collaborative works using neon lights and sculpture. 25 June - 14 August 2005

Pissarro: The first Impressionist
In November 2005 the Art Gallery of NSW presents the first comprehensive Camille Pissarro exhibition in Australia. It is the largest exhibition by a major Impressionist artist ever to be held in Australia, with more than 100 works drawn from collections worldwide and includes some of the painter's most famous images.
19 November 2005 - 19 February 2006

Poetic Mandarin Art After Hours - 26 Oct & 2 Nov
Shu-Cheen Yu, soprano, and Kevin Rudd, MP, give talks on the exhibition The Poetic Mandarin: Chinese Calligraphy 26 October and 2 November during the Gallery's late night Wednesday events program - Art After Hours. This Art After Hours program also includes free themed films, live music and guided tours.

Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95
Points of view explores developments in Australian photography from 1985 to 1995. This was a decade that saw a maturing of the diverse photographic practices which had developed in Australia from the 1970s.
19 November 2005 - 29 January 2006

Rajput: Sons of Kings
Rajput: sons of kings presents 74 colourful paintings and drawings, created in the 17th to 19th centuries at the Hindu Rajput courts of north-west India. Many of the paintings were produced at the court of Mewar (Udaipur), one of the most important and prosperous of the Rajput courts. 8 June - 4 September 2005

Reflections in time: 19th century portrait photography
This exhibition explores the changes that occurred to international photographic portraiture in the 19th century - a period of revolution in artistic representation and social thinking.
13 October -11 December 2005

Saskia Olde Wolbers - Trailer
Dutch artist, Saskia Olde Wolbers and her video, Trailer, will mark the beginning of the Level 2 Contemporary Project Space program for 2006 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
15 December 2005 to 5 February 2006

Seeking Margaret Preston Works
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is seeking to locate paintings, drawings, textiles and ceramic works by Margaret Preston as well as documents, letters or photographs for a major touring exhibition commencing July 2005.

Shirin Neshat
Presented by the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Sydney Festival this powerful video installation by New York based Iranian artist Shirin Neshat is a wonderful opportunity to experience the eloquent work of one of the worldís most respected contemporary artists.
16 December 2005 - 29 January 2006

Simryn Gill - Standing still
Standing still is a series of 116 photographs that explores Simryn Gill's interest in the passage of time and the evocation of place or in her words 'a place in time...[where there is]...No way forward, no way back.' On view from 26 March until 1 May 2005

The Poetic Mandarin - Chinese calligraphy from the James Hayes Collection
In late imperial China the art of calligraphy became the most esteemed of all the arts. Acquired over four decades, the James Hayes Collection wonderfully illustrates the great tradition of Chinese calligraphy and the Art Gallery of NSW is indebted to James Hayes for donating this wonderful collection to the Gallery.
23 September - 27 November 2005

Tranquillity
This project brings together two of Australia's most established collaborative partnerships: Rose Farrell/George Parkin and Lyndell Brown/Charles Green. With photographs, sculpture and video their exhibition seeks to explore the fraught nuances of visual and cultural memory. 8 May until 19 June 2005

Unscripted: language in contemporary art
'Unscripted: language in contemporary art' brings together 22 works by some of Australia's most well-known contemporary artists who use language as part of their work. Some of the art works make social and political comments, in others language is used for its beauty or aesthetic qualities, while in some works language reflects something more personal and confronting. 20 May until 24 July 2005

Wastelands: A Poetic Legacy
Wastelands: A Poetic Legacy touches on an aspect of the influence of T S Eliot's poetry on artists in Australia. This exhibition is part of the Australian Collection Focus Room series. Located in the modern Australian galleries, the focus room attempts to bring to light the Gallery's rich diversity of Australian art. 10 August - 3 October 2005

Winner Packing Room Prize 2005
Sydney artist Jason Benjamin has been awarded the Packing Room Prize in conjunction with the 2005 Archibald Prize for his portrait of actor Bill Hunter called Staring down the past.

Wolfgang Laib
This third Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Project includes examples from most of the works that have made by the leading European artist Wolfgang Laib, over the last 20 years. Laib will also be creating a new work for the exhibition.
11 August - 6 November 2005