The National 2019: New Australian Art is a celebration of contemporary Australian art. This will showcase the work of artists being done right across the country. These artists are of different generations and cultural backgrounds. There will be up to 70 artists featured across the three venues and they will have completed art that corresponds to the times in which they live. The art will be a mixture of their observations that are "provocative, political and poetic."
The National is a partnership between the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA).
MCA The National 2019: New Australian Art at the MCA is being co-curated by Clothilde Bullen, MCA Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection and Exhibitions, and Anna Davis, MCA Curator.
This particular exhibition will feature the work of 21 Australian artists who live in large cities, regional areas as well as remote communities.
These artists include:
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (WA)
Lucas Abela (NSW)
Kylie Banyard (VIC)
Hannah Brontë (QLD)
Janet Fieldhouse (QLD)
Daisy Jupulija, Ms Uhl, Sonia Kurarra, Nada Tjiliga Rawlins exhibiting as a group (WA)
Eugenia Lim (VIC)
Ross Manning (QLD)
James Nguyen (NSW)
Julia Robinson (SA)
Tina Havelock Stevens (NSW)
Curtis Taylor (WA) and Ishmael Marika (NT) exhibiting as a collaboration
Teo Treloar (NSW)
The Unbound Collective: Ali Gumillya Baker, Simone Ulalka Tur, Faye Rosas Blanch and Natalie Harkin (SA)
Willoh S Weiland (TAS)
Kaylene Whiskey (SA)
Mumu Mike Williams (SA)
About the Exhibition The National 2019: New Australian Art is all about the latest ideas in contemporary Australian art. This has been a six-year initiative over three editions in 2017, 2019 and the future in 2021. The artists are a mixture of up and coming, mid-career and established artists chosen from around the country and those Australian artists who are living and working overseas.
The works on display are a diverse range of mediums including painting, video, sculpture, installation, drawing and performance. This is the only large scale recurring exhibition which is solely based on contemporary Australian art. It will connect three of Sydney's key cultural precincts – The Domain, Redfern and Circular Quay.
The curators for the 2019 edition of The National 2019: New Australian Art are:
Isobel Parker Philip, Curator of Photographs, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Curator of Visual Arts, Carriageworks
Clothilde Bullen, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Exhibitions and Collections
Anna Davis, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
These curators have developed three distinct presentations of new Australian art that together will showcase many of the ideas that spur these artists on.
The dates for each venue are as follows:
Art Gallery of New South Wales - 29th March – 21st July 2019
Carriageworks - 29th March – 23rd June 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art - 29th March – 23rd June 2019
Opening hours are as follows:
Mondays -10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Tuesdays -10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Wednesdays - 10.00 am to 9.00 pm
Thursdays - 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Fridays - 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Saturdays - 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Sundays - 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Carriageworks - 245 Wilson Street, Sydney
Art Gallery of NSW - Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney
Museum of Contemporary Art - 140 George Street, The Rocks
You can read more about this fascinating event at their website.