What's On

Public programs and learning activities will continue to be delivered online for the time being. See what's on here. 

Leaves and twigs burning on a sandy ground

Eight Days in Kamay

13 July 2020 to 28 February 2021
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In April 1770, strangers onboard the Endeavour appeared off the shores of Kamay (Botany Bay). This exhibition explores the eight days that followed and their continuing legacy.

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A young Sudanese man stand with his hand on his heart, mid sentence. He is surrounded by a crowd holding up their mobile phones to illuminate him.

Until 18 October you can view the world’s best photojournalism from 2019 in our galleries.

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Historical and contemporary photographs of people wearing masks in the street, side by side.

PANDEMIC!

5 September 2020 to 24 January 2021
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This display compares two pandemics, one century apart.

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Oil painting. Panoramic scene of a harbour.

More than 300 original artworks from the Library’s unique collection of landscape and portrait paintings.

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A woman and a man browsing miscellaneous objects in a display shelf.

The Collectors’ Gallery

3 July 2020 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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Today

Curator's Choice: Holding up Her Majesty’s Mail

Friday
Friday, 25 September 2020 - 1pm to 1:30pm
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The discovery of gold in New South Wales in 1851 brought hopeful crowds rushing to the goldfields to seek their fortune.

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Birds of a feather

Monday
Monday, 28 September 2020 - 10am to 10:45am
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Spring has arrived so why not create a bird feeder to encourage birds to visit your home!

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Friends Event: Evocative scenes of everyday life

Tuesday
Tuesday, 29 September 2020 - 12pm to 12:45pm
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Join Louise Anemaat as she introduces us to a recent Library acquisition, The Town Band, 1951 by Australian artist, Herbert Badham. 

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Children's authors Libby and Lisa Hathorn

Author workshop with Libby and Lisa

Tuesday
Tuesday, 29 September 2020 - 1pm to 1:45pm
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Libby and Lisa share No! Never! , the fabulous new book that they have written together. They will then share their top tips for writing.

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World Press Photo

Tuesday
Tuesday, 29 September 2020 - 7pm to 7:30pm
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The Library is currently exhibiting the prestigious World Press Photo contest 2019 and as we contemplate the power of photojournalism, we have invited Sydney Morning Herald photographer, Rhett Wyman and Herald and Age journalist Ella Archibald-Binge to discuss their latest joint venture, the Dalarinji Project, supported by the Judith Nielson Institute. 

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Draw with Andrea - funny faces

Wednesday
Wednesday, 30 September 2020 - 10am to 10:30am
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Funny, furious, friendly or frightful – draw faces of all sorts!

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Dr John Vallance, State Librarian

Stories from the stack - part 1

Wednesday
Wednesday, 30 September 2020 - 3pm to 3:15pm
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Join the State Librarian, Dr John Vallance as he shares his favourite tales from The Odyssey.

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Secret codes, ciphers and more

Thursday
Thursday, 1 October 2020 - 1pm to 1:45pm
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Psst! Have you ever wanted to send a secret message to someone? You’re not alone!

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