The National Biennial of New Australian Art

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The National AGNSW (Photograph: supplied)
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Photograph: suppliedEmily Floyd 'Kesh Alphabet (visualisation)' (2017)
The National CWORKS 1 (Photograph: Daniel Boud)
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Photograph: Daniel BoudArchie Moore 'United Neytions' (2014-2017)
The National CWORKS 2 (Photograph: Zan Wimberley)
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Photograph: Zan WimberleyRamesh Mario Nithiyendran 'The Cave' (2016-2017)
The National CWORKS 3 (Photograph: Zan Wimberley)
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Photograph: Zan WimberleyClaudia Nicholson 'All I Have Are Dreams of You' (2017)
The National CWORKS 4 (Photograph: Daniel Boud)
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Photograph: Daniel BoudL-R works by Alan Griffiths, Jess Johnson & Simon Ward, Alex Gawronski and Karla Dickens
The National CWORKS 5 (Photograph: Daniel Boud)
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Photograph: Daniel BoudKarla Dickens 'Bound' (2015)
The National AGNSW 1 (Photograph: Daniel Boud)
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Photograph: Daniel BoudAGNSW: Emily Floyd 'Kesh Alphabet (visualisation)' (2017)
The National AGNSW 2 (Photograph: supplied)
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Photograph: suppliedAGNSW: Yhonnie Scarce 'Death Zephyr' (2016-2017)
The National AGNSW 3 (Photograph: Daniel Boud)
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Photograph: Daniel BoudAGNSW: Keg de Souza 'Changing Courses' (2017)
The National AGNSW 4 (Photograph: supplied)
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Photograph: suppliedAGNSW: Gordon Bennett – artworks from 'Home Decor (after M. Preston)' series (2012)
The National AGNSW 5 (Photograph: Daniel Boud)
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Photograph: Daniel BoudAGNSW: Megan Cope 'RE FORMATION part 3 (Dubbagullee)'
The National MCA 1 (Photograph: Ken Leanfore)
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Photograph: Ken LeanforeMCA: Khadim Ali 'The Arrival of the Demons' (2017)
The National MCA 2 (Photograph: Daniel Boud)
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Photograph: Daniel BoudMCA: Rose Nolan 'Big words – to keep going breathing helps (circle work)' (2016-2017)
The National MCA 3 (Photograph: Ken Leanfore)
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Photograph: Ken LeanforeMCA: Ronnie van Hout 'I Know Everything' (2017)
The National MCA 4 (Photograph: Daniel Boud)
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Photograph: Daniel BoudMCA: Gordon Hookey 'Wall a roo' (2017)
The National MCA 5 (Photograph: Ken Leanfore)
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Photograph: Ken LeanforeMCA: Nell 'With things being as they are…' detail (2017)

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

Sydney gets a new Biennale in 2017 – or rather a new biennial (the non-European way of saying: an art festival that happens every two years). The National, a collaborative venture between AGNSW, MCA and Carriageworks, takes place across the three major institutions, focusing on site-specific new commissions by contemporary Australian artists.

Read our guide to The National Biennial of New Australian Art.

The National is envisioned to take place in three editions: 2017, 2019 and 2021 – alternating with Sydney's other major art festival the Biennale of Sydney.

Head to Carriageworks on the closing weekend of The National for free performances by dancer/choreographers Atlanta Eke and Ghenoa Gela (a 1-hour performance of a work titled 'The Unsettling', Sun Jun 25 at 11am & 2pm), and artist Claudia Nicholson (Sun Jun 25 3pm).

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

By: Dee Jefferson

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