What's On

Old black and white photograph of men sitting at the bottom of a large fig tree making boomerangs. A beach can be seen in the background.

A new project by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, who has collaborated with four Sydney elders — Uncle Chicka, Aunty Esme, Aunty Sandra and Uncle Dennis — to tell a very personal story of Aboriginal Sydney.

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Photograph of the bush

Marking the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, this exhibition builds on the Library's historical collections with stories of resilience and achievement from communities throughout NSW. 

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Black and white photograph of gravestones in a cemetery.

Dead Central

25 May 2019 to 3 May 2020
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Thousands of people travel now through Central Station every day, but how many know what once lay beneath it?  Dead Central will take you on a journey back to 19th century Sydney, to rediscover a place you thought you knew. 

 

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A colourful illustration of a lush, dense garden full of trees and flowers.

Stories in the Sun

28 September 2019 to 23 February 2020
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Children’s picture book illustrations from the Library's collection.

 

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Bronwyn Bancroft

Amaze Gallery

6 October 2018 to 31 December 2021
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An ever changing selection of fascinating items from the Library's extraordinary collection.

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Oil painting. Panoramic scene of a harbour.

Paintings from the Collection

6 October 2018 to 31 October 2021
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More than 300 original artworks from the Library’s unique collection of landscape and portrait paintings.

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The Collectors’ Gallery

6 October 2018 to 31 October 2021
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Sculpture busts, miniature portraits, ceramics, coins, medals, cutlery, teacups, typewriters, convict bricks and much more!

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Sedition: The Art of Agitation

31 August 2019 to 1 December 2019
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A showcase of the State Library’s little known and rarely seen collections of high-impact, attention-grabbing poster art of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

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Today

Launch into Library Research: Researching Your Bestseller

Thursday
Thursday, 17 October 2019 - 10am to 4:30pm
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Want to enrich the detail in a current manuscript or just have the beginning of an idea for a writing project?

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eResources for Researchers: Online Newspapers

Thursday
Thursday, 24 October 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
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Using the Library's substantial eresources, learn how to locate and use historical and current online newspapers.

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The Second Biennial Coral Thomas Lecture

Thursday
Thursday, 24 October 2019 - 5:30pm to 7pm
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Professor Grace Karskens was awarded a Coral Thomas Fellowship for a project based on an extraordinary document in the Library’s collection: the Reverend John McGarvie’s 1829 ‘Native Names of Places on the Hawkesbury’.  Working with a team of Aboriginal researchers, artists, teachers and knowledge holders, as well as archaeologists, linguists and local experts, Grace has mapped most of the over 170 place names on McGarvie’s list.

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Spain... dance and voice of passion

Friday
Friday, 25 October 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
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Celebrating Spanish music, poetry and dance. Join us for a thrilling afternoon of Spanish entertainment with special guest artists.

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The Cedars of Lebanon Folkloric Group

Saturday
Saturday, 26 October 2019 - 12pm to 5pm
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A showcase of the cultural history and modern day influences through traditional Lebanese performance. 

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