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Encompassing three principal exhibition spaces, the Galleries are a platform for examining contemporary visual and material culture through exhibitions and public programs.

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2020

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Samuel Hodge: The Wit of the Staircase

Drawing on a twenty-year archive of artistic practice, Samuel Hodge presents an ambiguous and...

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Skye Wagner: Opacity Shift

Skye Wagner’s photographs explore the circulation and digital malleability of contemporary...

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'O le ūa na fua mai Manu'a

Through fresh fresh international perspectives, this exhibition endeavours to embody and awaken...

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OFO HAKE: Koe Ngatu Teuteu 'o 'Akesa mo 'Isileli Fifita

This special project features a monumental ngatu (painted tapa) created by Tongan artist and...

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Shivanjani Lal: Beta, ek story bathao

Shivanjani Lal is a twice-removed Fijian Indian Australian artist who works with archival images...

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Wansolwara: One Salt Water

A series of exhibitions, performances and events from across the Pacific and throughout the...

2019

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Javier Téllez: NOSFERATU (The Undead)

'NOSFERATU (The Undead)' is a film installation by Venezuelan born, New York-based artist Javier...

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The Big Anxiety

The Big Anxiety festival brings together artists, scientists and communities to question and re-...

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Debra Porch: Art Should Make Life More Interesting Than Art

The work of Debra Porch explores the potency of memory and its ability to transform the ordinary...

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Material Place: Reconsidering Australian Landscapes

'Material Place' gathers artists who are thinking through the materiality of the Australian...

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Rachel O’Reilly: The Gas Imaginary

Using poetry, drawing, film and public lectures, Rachel O'Reilly addresses the install of...

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Gemma Smith: Rhythm Sequence

The first career survey of Australian artist Gemma Smith traces the development of Smith’s...

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Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer: Fragile Fantasy

The work of Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer considers the field of image production surrounding video...

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Order of Events: Elliott Bryce Foulkes & Maria Smit

Multidisciplinary designers Elliott Bryce Foulkes and Maria Smit draw on a collaborative working...

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Architecture Makes Us: Cinematic Visions of Sonia Leber & David Chesworth

This mid-career survey brings together six video works by the collaborative duo, exploring...

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Oliver Beer: Impossible Composition

Oliver Beer’s practice engages with sound, architecture and the memory of objects. 'Impossible...

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Zanny Begg: The Beehive

'The Beehive' is a non-linear experimental documentary exploring the unsolved murder of Sydney...

2018

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Beth Dillon: Been There, Done That

How is the nomadic artist implicated in the promises and paradoxes of global mobility?

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Chelsea Lehmann: The Articulate Surface

Synthesising art conservation imaging practices with painting techniques, Chelsea Lehmann's work...

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David Eastwood: The Posthumous Studio

David Eastwood creatively re-imagines the late painter Francis Bacon’s London-based studio in...

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Kynan Tan: Processing Data

Through digitally-generated visualisation and simulation, this exhibition draws attention to the...

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Make Known: The Exquisite Order of Infinite Variation

Exploring ideas about design thinking and the creative process, across a range of media and...

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Local Colour: Experiments in Nature

'Local Colour' features artists and designers with an interest in sustainable practices, local...

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Christian Thompson: Ritual Intimacy

Christian Thompson works across photography, video, sculpture, performance and sound to explore...

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Enough خلص Khalas: Contemporary Australian Muslim Artists

'Enough خلص Khalas' unapologetically explores the contemporary Australian Muslim experience,...

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Bronwen Williams: In-audibility, In-visibility

Bronwen Williams works with sound and installation to explore the nuances of contemporary Asian-...

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Mollie Rice: Threshold Aligning (Performing Place)

Mollie Rice works across site and studio to explore human spatiality and the contemporary city,...

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Rachel Honnery: The Plastosystem

Rachel Honnery utilises a science-fiction lens to understand the transformative effects of...

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In Your Dreams

The divide between rich and poor is widening, conflict and climate change are forcing people...

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Tell: Contemporary Indigenous Photography

An exploration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life, history and culture through a...

2017

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Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age

'Group Therapy' explores connections between mental health and the values, political conditions...

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Snoösphere

'Snoösphere' is an expansive, responsive art installation that you can smell, feel, touch and...

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Monika Behrens: Reimagining 17th-Century Dutch Still Life

This exhibition is a culmination of Monika Behrens’ research into 17th-century Dutch still life...

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Morgan Veness: Mr. Jizolark’s Concrete Data

Working across sculpture, installation and drawing, Morgan Veness is interested in repurposing...

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Paul Ogier: The Prohibited Zone

Paul Ogier works with photography to capture alternative views of Australian landscapes.

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A Working Model of the World

From dioramas to dolls' houses, atomic models to cloud-chambers, mandalas to maquettes, 'A...

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Still In My Mind: Gurindji Location, Experience and Visuality

'Still In My Mind' considers the ongoing impact of the Gurindji Walk-Off, a seminal event in...

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Abdul Abdullah: Terms of Engagement

'Terms of Engagement' brings together recent works by Abdul Abdullah exploring the...

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Penelope Benton: The Icing on the Cake

Penelope Benton’s collaborative practice with her partner Alexandra Clapham explores the...

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EXIT

In an immersive, 360-degree installation, 'EXIT' visually correlates global human migratory...

2016

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Georgia Wallace-Crabbe: The Earth and the Elements

'The Earth and the Elements' is an immersive five-channel film installation from Georgia Wallace...

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John Akomfrah: Vertigo Sea

'Vertigo Sea' is a poetic meditation on humanity's relationship with the ocean fusing archival...

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River Journey

Water is the planet’s most precious resource yet its health and profusion is increasingly...

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Troubled Waters

This suite of interdisciplinary projects considers the impact of human activity and climate...

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Deborah Kelly: Scenes from the Death of Books

Deborah Kelly is a Sydney-based artist whose work explores lineages of representation, politics...

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John Lethbridge: Imaging the Void

'Imaging the Void: Making the Invisible Visible' is a series of...

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Russell Lowe: Dark Machines

Russell Lowe is an artist, architect, computer programmer, filmmaker, and motorcycle rider. '...

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The Patient

The Patient examines the embodied experience of the artist as medical patient and the medical...

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Shona Illingworth: Lesions in the Landscape

'Lesions in the Landscape' is an exhibition by Danish-Scottish artist Shona Illingworth,...

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Ink Remix: Contemporary Art from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

Contemporary ink art has emerged as one of the most significant and ubiquitous artistic trends...

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Adrian Paci: The Column

An epic video installation by internationally acclaimed Albanian artist Adrian Paci.

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Eva Vermandel: 40 Portraits

London-based photographer Eva Vermandel brings Sydney Festival's history to life with an...

2015

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People Like Us

People Like Us at UNSW Galleries explores the interrelationship between art, technology and the...

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The Streets of Papunya

Streets of Papunya: the re-invention of Papunya painting is the most ambitious showcase of...

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Shelter Union

Informed by the disturbing rise of global crises requiring innovative solutions to urban space...

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We are in Wonder LAND: New Experimental Art from Central Australia

Contemporary desert Aboriginal art is breaking new aesthetic and political ground as never...

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Collection+: Shaun Gladwell

Collection+: Shaun Gladwell (SCAF Project 25) is an exhibition featuring more than 40...

2014

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Amnesia Lab

Part exhibition, part forum and part science-art workshop, Amnesia Lab is a new kind of gallery...

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Quo Vadis: The Last Drawing Show

Now that drawing no longer bears the burden of underwriting the fundamental unity of the visual...

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Body Image

Body Image reveals new, compelling, arts-led modes of visualising complex scientific...

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Feral Experimental: New Design Thinking

Testing the limits of possibility, Feral Experimental brings together leading creative...

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The Skullbone Experiment

This exhibition is the result of a wilderness residency at Skullbone Plains, part of the...

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Seoul – Sydney: Contemporary Korean and Australian Prints

Seoul – Sydney is the result of a cultural collaboration between UNSW Art & Design’s Cicada...

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Conquest of Space: Science Fiction & Contemporary Art

Conquest of Space: Science Fiction & Contemporary Art reveals previously unexplored...

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Edward Burtynsky: Un_Earthed

Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky explores nature...

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Richard Mosse: The Enclave

Using an extinct type of infrared film once employed by the military, Richard Mosse documents...

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Refiguring Dystopia: Richard Goodwin 1991–2012

This survey exhibition curated by Gavin Wilson traces Richard Goodwin's career as a sculptor and...

2013

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Making Change

'Making Change' is an exhibition of innovative, change-making film...