Good news for lovers of Australian art and overseas tourists who want to see some Australian culture with the announcement that the Art Gallery of New South Wales is devoting 25% more space to display Australian art.
Opening on 12 May 2012, new works will be on display for the first time as will many works which have not been seen in years. I was so pleased to see several paintings hanging in the Gallery that I had only ever seen in art books.
The new display includes numerous icons of Australian art and presents some 500 works across all media, spanning over 200 years.
During my morning visit it was great to see so many people, young and old, appreciating all that the Gallery has to offer. The Gallery
has installed several ipads that offer visitors an interactive experience of many of the great works of art as well as interviews with living artists. Soon there will be a free application to access all this information on iphones and ipads when in the Gallery. This should prove to be very popular.
To celebrate all things Australian, the Art Gallery of New South Wales has organised an Open Weekend over 12 & 13 May which will highlight live music, talks and film screenings.
Sandra T. Photos: John Pond