The National Biennial of New Australian Art

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 (Tom Mùller, 'Ghost Line' 2019 and Sam Cranstoun, 'Utopia' 2019 at Carriageworks. Photograph: Anna Kucera)
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Tom Mùller, 'Ghost Line' 2019 and Sam Cranstoun, 'Utopia' 2019 at Carriageworks. Photograph: Anna Kucera
 (Tom Polo, 'when windows are walls' 2019 at AGNSW. Photograph: Anna Kucera)
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Tom Polo, 'when windows are walls' 2019 at AGNSW. Photograph: Anna Kucera
 (The National at Carriageworks 2019. Photograph: Anna Kucera)
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The National at Carriageworks 2019. Photograph: Anna Kucera
 (Willoh S. Weiland 'LICK LICK BLINK' 2019 at MCA. Photograph: Anna Kucera)
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Willoh S. Weiland 'LICK LICK BLINK' 2019 at MCA. Photograph: Anna Kucera
 (Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, 'Pretty Beach' 2019 at MCA. Photograph: Anna Kucera)
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Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, 'Pretty Beach' 2019 at MCA. Photograph: Anna Kucera
 ( Mish Meijers & Tricky Walsh 'The Crocker Land Expedition' 2018 at Carriageworks. Photograph: Anna Kucera)
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Mish Meijers & Tricky Walsh 'The Crocker Land Expedition' 2018 at Carriageworks. Photograph: Anna Kucera
 (Thom Roberts, 'Thom Roberts Counts Trains' 2019 at Carriageworks. Photograph: Anna Kucera)
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Thom Roberts, 'Thom Roberts Counts Trains' 2019 at Carriageworks. Photograph: Anna Kucera
 (Lucas Abela, 'Fort Thunder' 2018 at MCA. Photograph: Anna Kucera)
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Lucas Abela, 'Fort Thunder' 2018 at MCA. Photograph: Anna Kucera
 (Andrew Hazewinkel 'Part 1, The Emissaries: Keepers of Our Stories from The Ongoing Remains, (3 parts)' 2019 at AGNSW. Photograph: Anna Kucera)
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Andrew Hazewinkel 'Part 1, The Emissaries: Keepers of Our Stories from The Ongoing Remains, (3 parts)' 2019 at AGNSW. Photograph: Anna Kucera
 (Kaylene Whiskey artworks at MCA. Photograph: Anna Kucera)
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Kaylene Whiskey artworks at MCA. Photograph: Anna Kucera
 (Hannah Brontë 'Heala' 2018 at MCA. Photograph: Anna Kucera)
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Hannah Brontë 'Heala' 2018 at MCA. Photograph: Anna Kucera
 (Nicholas Folland, 'Flirt' 2019 at AGNSW. Photograph: Anna Kucera)
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Nicholas Folland, 'Flirt' 2019 at AGNSW. Photograph: Anna Kucera
 (Nat Thomas, 'Postcards from the Edge' 2019 at Carriageworks. Photograph: Anna Kucera)
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Nat Thomas, 'Postcards from the Edge' 2019 at Carriageworks. Photograph: Anna Kucera
 (Mira Gojak, 'Exhaled Weight' 2019 at AGNSW. Photograph: Anna Kucera)
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Mira Gojak, 'Exhaled Weight' 2019 at AGNSW. Photograph: Anna Kucera
 (Rushdi Anwar 'Irhal (Expel), Hope and the Sorrow of Displacement' 2013–ongoing at AGNSW. Photograph: Anna Kucera.)
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Rushdi Anwar 'Irhal (Expel), Hope and the Sorrow of Displacement' 2013–ongoing at AGNSW. Photograph: Anna Kucera.

Time Out says

Contemporary Australian art is taking over three major venues in the second edition of this festival

In 2017 three of Sydney's biggest art institutions launched the first iteration of The National, a biennial (meaning it happens once every two years) festival of contemporary Australian art. Almost 300,000 people turned out across the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Carriageworks to see works from our leading artists, many of which were made specifically for the exhibition. The artworks ran the gamut from paintings, photographs and drawings to large-scale sculptures, video works and installations.

The National happens in the off-years of the Biennale of Sydney, filling that biennale-shaped hole in your heart. The galleries have planned to run the event three times – 2017, 2019 and 2021 – but if all of Sydney turns out to support it they might just extend.

See our comprehensive guide to this year's exhibition.

The second iteration features 65 artists drawn from all across the country and all stages of their careers. While each has its own theme, all three institutions are presenting a diverse line-up of artists who are responding to the state of the world as it currently stands but drawing in historical and cultural perspectives.

The curatorial team for 2019 draws together staff members from all the institutions: AGNSW curator of photographs, Isobel Parker Philip; Carriageworks senior curator of visual arts, Daniel Mudie Cunningham; and MCA curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections and exhibitions, Clothilde Bullen with MCA curator, Anna Davis.

See our hit list of the best art in Sydney this month.

By: Ben Neutze

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