What's On

Public programs and learning activities will be delivered onsite and online in 2021. 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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Photos1440

16 January 2021 to 25 April 2021
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Marking its 10th year, the Photos1440 exhibition returns to the Library with a look back over the past decade of key events and moments captured through the lens of Sydney Morning Herald photographers.

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Coming out in the 70s

28 November 2020 to 16 May 2021
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Gay and lesbian life went public in the 70s. Speaking up and standing out, gay men and women took to the streets proudly demanding to be seen, heard and accepted.  This exhibition tells their story.

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Black and white illustrating of man kneeling at an alter, four knights at his back, surrounded by branch of leaves.

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.

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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Culture Up Late

Thursday
Thursday, 25 February 2021 - 5pm to 8pm
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The State Library of NSW is joining other major arts and cultural institutions for Culture Up Late, with extended opening hours from 5–8 pm every Wednesday and Thursday evening until 1 April 2021.

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Book cover Gods and Demons
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Author Talk: Gods and Demons

Thursday
Thursday, 25 February 2021 - 7pm to 8pm
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Deborah Cassrels will be in conversation with Roger Maynard talking about her book, Gods and Demons. She will be discussing the hidden side to the mystical Hindu paradise and vast Indonesian archipelago in which all is not as it seems.

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Reading is FUNdamental
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Salon Series: Reading is FUNdamental

Thursday
Thursday, 25 February 2021 - 7pm to 8:30pm
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Celebrate the  Coming Out in the 70s  exhibition with a series of events  to mark over 50 years of Pride.

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Join Tim McKew as he takes you on his biographical journey as one of Australia’s unsung queer heroes.

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Geological Sketch Map of New South Wales, Compiled from the Original Map of the late Rev WB Clarke by CS Wilkinson LS FGS, Government Geologist, Sydney

2020 Mitchell Fellow, Dr Jarrod Hore, re-grounds colonial surveying and explores the environmental prehistories of our settler colonial landscapes.

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Going places: Migration to Australia

Wednesday
Wednesday, 3 March 2021 - 2pm to 2:45pm
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We’ll investigate reasons for migrating and uncover different journeys over the sea.

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Culture Up Late

Wednesday
Wednesday, 3 March 2021 - 5pm to 8pm
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The State Library of NSW is joining other major arts and cultural institutions for Culture Up Late, with extended opening hours from 5–8 pm every Wednesday and Thursday evening until 1 April 2021.

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