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The National Biennial of New Australian Art

Art, Galleries Multiple venues Friday March 29 2019 - Sunday July 21 2019 Free
The National 2019, Lucas Abela
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Photograph: Daniel Boud
The National 2019 Cherine Fahd Photograph: Daniel Boud
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Photograph: Daniel Boud
The National 2019 - Koji Ryui, Photogrpah: Daniel Boud
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Photograph: Daniel Boud

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 these three artists' works at 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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Venue name: Carriageworks
Contact:
Address: 245 Wilson St
Eveleigh
Sydney
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Price: Free
Event website: http://the-national.com.au/
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    • Art Gallery of NSW Free
    • Carriageworks Free
    • Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Free
    • Art Gallery of NSW Free
    • Carriageworks Free
    • Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Free
    • Art Gallery of NSW Free
    • Carriageworks Free
    • Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Free
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