What's On

A man opening a gate with a swarm of reporters and photographers behind him.

View the world’s best photojournalism from 2018, selected from the prestigious World Press Photo contest, now in its 62nd year.

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Black and white photograph of gravestones in a cemetery.

Dead Central

25 May 2019 to 17 November 2019
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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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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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Generations

1 March 2019 to 18 August 2019
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Recording the stories of newly arrived migrants and refugees.

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A personal look at children’s lives during the First World War.

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A painting of a view of Government House, with emus in the garden in the foreground and a horseman on the garden track.

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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Curator Maggie Patton delivering Gallery tour.

Curator Tour

Friday
Friday, 21 June 2019 - 12pm
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Every Friday one of our Curators will take you through our exhibitions paying attention to their favourite items and sharing stories from the collections.

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The Thin Man book cover
Today

The Reading Lounge: Book Club for Friends

Friday
Friday, 21 June 2019 - 3pm
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Enjoy a relaxed afternoon talking about books with guest speaker and group discussion. This month’s book is, The Thin Man (1934) by Dashiell Hammett. The last novel from the unsurpassed master of American detective fiction, The Thin Man is a genre-defining mystery novel.

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flamingo in a pool at night time

Friday night lates

Friday
Friday, 21 June 2019 - 6pm
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Start the weekend with free art and music Friday nights in June.

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book cover for Stop Being Reasonable

Author Talk: Eleanor Gordon-Smith

Saturday
Saturday, 22 June 2019 - 2pm
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Weaving contemporary philosophy with illuminating real-world stories, Eleanor Gordon-Smith explores the complexity and emotion involved in changing our minds.

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book cover for Webtopia

Author Talk: Peter Lewis

Thursday
Thursday, 27 June 2019 - 2pm
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Join author Peter Lewis as he discusses his new book Webtopia, an exploration of the past 25 years of our interactions with the internet.

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