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5 Amazing Exhibitions in Sydney This Spring

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This spring starts with a celebration of a wide array of unrivalled exhibitions, ranging from portraiture, photography, sculpture through to aboriginal arts. You'll surely be able to draw inspiration from the beauty and diversity of the artworks. Read on to find out more.

1.Eugene Atget – Old Paris

With over 200 rare and original prints from the founder of documentary photography for your appreciation, you'll easily lose yourself in the beauty of Old Paris. Showcased in Eugene Atget's exhibition, you'll find a collection of amazing works revolving around the buildings, shops, gardens and streets.

The exhibition is jointly organised by Fundación Mapfre, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Art Gallery of NSW, Musée Carnavalet-Histoire de Paris, and Paris Musées.

Art Gallery of NSW
The exhibition runs at Art Gallery of NSW until 4 Nov

When: 24 August – 4 November, Mon - Sun 10am - 5pm; Open until 9pm on Wednesdays for Art After Hours.

Where: Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000

Enquiry: 1800 679 278

2. The Portia Geach Memorial Prize 2012 Exhibition

The Portia Geach Memorial Award exhibition is a celebration and recognition of talented female portrait painters. Selected entries of portraiture by contemporary Australian women artists across the nation are shown in the exhibition, offering you a great opportunity to delve into a world of creativity in contemporary portraiture.

Established by Florence Kate Geach in 1961 in memory of her sister, Portia Geach, the Portia Geach Memorial Award is awarded annually to the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters or the Sciences.

S.H.Ervin Gallery is located on Observatory Hill
The Portia Geach Memorial Award Exhibition runs at S.H.Ervin Gallery

When: 28 September to 4 Novemeber, Tues - Sun 11am - 5pm (closed Mondays & Public Holidays)

Where: S.H. Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill, The Rocks

Enquiry: (02) 9258 0173

3. Bungaree: The First Australian

If you are interested in Aboriginal art and culture, don't miss out the Bungaree: The First Australian exhibition, which features the artworks by fifteen emerging and established contemporary NSW Aboriginal artists.

Curated by Aboriginal curator Djon Mundine, the exhibition presents a collection of the artists' works, which centre on re-interpretation of the story of Bungaree, known as the Chief of the Broken Bay Aborigines and a central figure in early Colonial Sydney.

Mosman Art Gallery
The exhibition is currently showing at Mosman Art Gallery

When: Saturday 1 September – Sunday 25 November 2012. 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week (closed on public holidays)

Where: Mosman Art Gallery, Cnr Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Rd, Mosman 2088

Enquiry: (02) 9978 4178 or

4. Flash-back: 160 years of Australian Fashion Photos

Wanna to uncover the meaning behind the wardrobes of the past? Here is the great opportunity to explore the history of threads by looking closely through the decades of fashion imagery taken by a group of amateurs and professionals.

Through the State Library's wonderful collections, you'll be able to find out the evolution of Australian fashion photography.

State Library of NSW
State Library of NSW

When: Saturday, 8 September 2012 to Sunday, 16 September 2012 from 9am to 5pm

Where: State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Enquiry: (02) 92731766 or

5. What the Birds Knew

The exhibition features the visually stunning sculptural works by internationally renowned Australian artists Ken and Julia Yonetani. The sculpture works are made from radioactive uranium glass, showing a giant six-meter long ant glows a deathly green.

What the Birds Knew refers to the alternative title for Akira Kurosawa's 1955 post-war movie I Live in Fear, in which the central character points out that the birds would flee if they knew of the impending environmental threats.

Arising out of the artists' concerns over the recent nuclear tragedy in Fukushima, these provocative works reflect shared cultural expressions of environmental anxieties within Indigenous Australian and Japanese culture.

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

When: Until 22 September, Tue to Sat 11am – 6pm

Where: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay Street, City

Enquiry: (02) 9212 0380 or

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