The National 2019: New Australian Art presents the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art, curated across three of Sydney’s premier cultural institutions: the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
A 6-year initiative over 3 editions in 2017, 2019 and 2021, the curatorial vision for the exhibition represents a mix of emerging, mid-career and established artists drawn from around the country and Australian artists practicing overseas. New and commissioned works encompass a diverse range of mediums including painting, video, sculpture, installation, drawing and performance.
Connecting three of Sydney’s key cultural precincts – The Domain, Redfern and Circular Quay – The National 2019: New Australian Art is the only large-scale recurring exhibition in the city focused solely on contemporary Australian art.
Curators for the 2019 edition of The National 2019: New Australian Art are Isobel Parker Philip, Curator of Photographs, Art Gallery of New South Wales; Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Curator of Visual Arts, Carriageworks; Clothilde Bullen, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Exhibitions and Collections, and Anna Davis, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
Banner Image: Courtesy of MCA. Kaylene Whiskey, So Great, 2016. Acrylic on canvas. Collection of Sandra Ferman, Sydney
Thumbnail Image: Courtesy of MCA. Eugenia Lim, The Australian Ugliness (still) 2018. Multi-channel high-definition video installation, colour, sound. Image courtesy and © artist. Photograph: Tom Ross.