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15 May 2012

Art Gallery NSW

Established in 1871, the Art Gallery of NSW is proud to present fine international and Australian art in one of the most beautiful art museums in the world. The Gallery aims to be a place of experience and inspiration, through the collection, exhibitions, programs and research. Admission to the Gallery is free, as are the permanent galleries and most exhibitions and events.

Modern and contemporary works are displayed in expansive, light-filled spaces, offering stunning views of Sydney and the harbour, while the Grand Courts are home to a distinguished collection of colonial and 19th-century Australian works and European old masters. There are also dedicated galleries celebrating the arts of Asia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

Alongside the permanent collection are regularly changing temporary exhibitions – more than 30 each year – including flagship annual exhibitions such as the Archibald Prize and ARTEXPRESS.

One of the most popular art museums in Australia, visited by over 1.3 million people annually, the Gallery is far more than just a destination for looking at pictures. It’s also a place to enjoy lectures and symposia, films, music and performances. The range of access programs is aimed at engaging diverse audiences with different needs. And more than 100,000 students visit each year to take part in the engaging education programs.

Art Gallery NSW is also home to VisAsia, the Australian Institute of Asian Culture and Visual Arts, established in 1999 in recognition of Australia’s growing involvement with the cultures of Asia.