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The National – New Australian Art

Our guide to Sydney's new biennial, commencing in 2017

Photograph: Andy Nowell
Justene Williams 'TwoFold' (2016) documentation of performance,

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, will take place across the three major institutions, focusing on site-specific new commissions by contemporary Australian artists.

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.

Who is where, when

Art Gallery of NSW

Dates: Mar 30-Jul 16
Line-up: Gordon Bennett; Megan Cope; Keg de Souza; Emily Floyd; Alex Gawronski; Gunybi Ganambarr; Dale Harding; Taloi Havini; Helen Johnson; Nicholas Mangan; Alex Martinis Roe; Tom Nicholson; Raquel Ormella; Khaled Sabsabi; Yhonnie Scarce; Tiger Yaltangki.
Curators: Anneke Jaspers (curator Contemporary Art) and Wayne Tunnicliffe (head curator Australian Art)

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Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)

Dates: Mar 30-Jun 18
Line-up: Khadim Ali; Zanny Begg; Matthew Bradley; Gary Carsley; Erin Coates; Marco Fusinato; Alex Gawronski; Julie Gough; Gordon Hookey; Peter Maloney; Karen Mills; Rose Nolan; Stieg Persson; Elizabeth Pulie; Ronnie van Hout; Nell.
Curator: Blair French (director – curatorial & digital)

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The Rocks


Dates: Mar 30-Jun 25, 2017
Line-up: Richard Bell; Chris Bond & Wes Thorne; Karla Dickens; Atlanta Eke & Ghenoa Gela; Heath Franco; Alex Gawronski; Agatha Gothe-Snape; Alan Griffiths; Jess Johnson & Simon Ward; Richard Lewer; Archie Moore; Claudia Nicholson; Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran; Justene Williams; Jemima Wyman
Curators: Carriageworks director Lisa Havilah and visual arts head Nina Miall.

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Can't wait? Here's what to see now

The best art this month

Cash strapped and time poor? You can afford at least one tour of beauty this month.

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By: Dee Jefferson