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Published April 27th 2020
Explore Sydney museums & galleries from your couch
The list below showcases FREE online exhibitions and collections from Sydney's Museums and Galleries.
1. Sydney Opera House
There will be 53 stories on history, architecture and culture. Exhibitions include 'Curtain of the Sun', 'Curtain of the Moon', 'The Coburn Tapestries at the Sydney Opera House', 'Jorn Utzon', 'The Masterful Solution', 'Australia' 'Sydney', 'Elizabeth II', and much more. Click here for the website.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is home to enormously rich and varied collections, and these collections can be viewed online this May. Collections include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Asian, Australian, Contemporary, Pacific, and Western Art, and Photography. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Art Gallery of New South Wales Facebook
This artist-led online exhibition showcases Australia's largest and most contemporary visual arts. Online exhibitions include Biennale of Sydney at Cockatoo Island, Highlights at Cockatoo Island, and Sydney Highlights. Click here for the website.
There are over 140,000 collections of artefacts. Due to the sheer size of their collection, only a fraction of objects will be on display at any one time. Explore the rich and diverse maritime collection or artefacts online including rocket boats, gold buttons, a wealth of remarkable stories, and more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Australian National Maritime Museum Facebook
Online exhibitions will include 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN- An expansive artist and First Nations-led exhibition of contemporary art, Tim Johnson, MSC Collection- Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday, Marie Shannon, Lindy Lee, and more. Click here for the website.
6. Richard Sawdon Smith- Artist Talk & Exhibition
This exhibition will be online on Saturday, 2 May from 5pm-5:30pm. Professor Richard Sawdon Smith is an internationally exhibiting and award-winning British photographer, and he will showcase reflections on his past lives and the roles he has performed. Click here for the website.
7. Miriam Innes: Unequivocally New York
Showcasing until 14th May, the online exhibition will showcase Irish-Australian hyper-realistic artist Miriam Innes' inaugural solo exhibition. The exhibition will be through charcoal, merging both passions to deliver New York Rambling, a simple, grey-scale, soundless environment, unlike a regular New York sensory experience. Click here for the website.
Showcasing till 8 June, the exhibition will present the latest exhibition by Victorian artist Baden Croft. His practice is influenced by life on the Australian coast where he spends endless hours surfing and exploring the native flora and marine life. His subject matter spans from native gums and floral arrangements to insects and crustaceans. Click here for the website.
11. Recorded for the Future: Documenting NSW Homes
This virtual exhibition showcases the history of the homes we live in. The Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection answers the question 'how do we better understand the history of the homes we live in' both by collecting historic materials connected to the home and also by commissioning photographic recordings of present-day houses and gardens in New South Wales. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Sydney Living Museums Facebook
12. Collection Bites: Drummoyne House Window Cornice
This collection showcases a little taster of the rich collections of Sydney Living Museums, with the 'Drummoyne House Window Cornice' exhibition. The carved window cornice from Drummoyne House is a rare example of Australian decorative arts. It is over 5 metres in length and is believed to have been carved in the 1860s as a representation and celebration of the rich and rare plantings in the spacious gardens of 'Drummoyne', a now demolished house which gave its name to the Sydney suburb of Drummoyne. Click here for the website.
13. Museum of Applied Arts & Science (Powerhouse Museum)
There will be around over 700 collections online to view. With collections including minerals, vases, puppets, bowls, Australia, Europe, England, United Kingdom, and Asia collections, people and organisations, and more. Click here for the website.
14. HeadOn Photo Festival Mark Forbes Beautiful Solitude
This online exhibition showcase traces of beauty that exist everywhere around us. The series asks the viewer to stop for a few minutes and soak in the details that can go unseen in everyday life. The location photograph could be anywhere. Showcased online from 29th April to 30 May. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Stanley Street Gallery Facebook
This virtual exhibition will feature more than 150 artworks celebrating our love of plants. The exhibition will be available to view online to 31 May. Plants Exhibition features a range of mediums, including small sculptures, drawings, photography, paintings and collages, which are expressive, sometimes wildly so, drawn from the artists' personal connection with, inspiration from and love of plants. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney Facebook