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Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan

Australian Love stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!)

Previous exhibition
from Saturday 20 March until Sunday 1 August 2021

Main image: Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan

Reconnect and reflect with our new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) as we explore love, affection and connection in all its guises. From the enduring to the forbidden, romantic to platonic, the unrequited, obsessive, scandalous or creative. Swoon over more than 200 artworks from across photography, painting, works on paper, small sculpture AND an immersive glass installation.

Think Bob and Blanche, Kath and Kim, Jimmy and Jane Barnes, Nick and Susie Cave, Nell and Kylie Kwong. Think iconic artists like John Brack, Vincent Namatjira, Del Kathryn Barton, Davida Allen, Charles Blackman and more! See old favourites alongside loans from private and public collections and new works commissioned exclusively for the exhibition.

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1 Stan Grant and Tracey Holmes, 2020 Nic Walker. Courtesy of the artist. © Nic Walker. 2 You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton. Courtesy of the artist. © Del Kathryn Barton. 3 Kylie and Nell, 2019 Adrian Cook. Courtesy of the artist and sitters. © Adrian Cook. 4 Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman, c. 1956 Charles Blackman OBE. © Charles Blackman/Copyright Agency, 2021.

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Sandra Bruce (curator)

Joanna Gilmour (curator)

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Living Memory

National Photographic Portrait Prize

Current exhibition

Currently closed

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

spaces between movement and stillness
spaces between movement and stillness
spaces between movement and stillness
spaces between movement and stillness

Harriet Schwarzrock

spaces between movement and stillness

Previous exhibition, 2021

Harriet Schwarzrock’s new work explores notions of emotional processes and their physical manifestations.

Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019

Collection display galleries

Current exhibition

Currently closed

The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia.

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