The National is a biennial survey of contemporary Australian art. The National 4: Australian Art Now brings together 48 new artists projects involving more than 80 artists across Country, generations and communities. A partnership between four leading Sydney cultural institutions: the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA Australia). Entry is free across all venues.
Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Art Gallery of New South Wales presents fine international and Australian art in one of the most beautiful art museums in the world. The Gallery aims to be a place of experience and inspiration, through its collection, exhibitions, programs and research. Admission is free to the permanent galleries plus many exhibitions and events.
Campbelltown Arts Centre
Located on the edge of Sydney, Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C) is in a unique position to forge collaborative exchanges between artists, disciplines and communities.. Using the edge as a starting point, C-A-C creates a secure platform for communities and artists to take risks, challenge perceptions, confront issues and raise questions through the commissioning of new works.
Carriageworks is the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia. The Carriageworks Artistic Program is ambitious, risk taking and provides significant support to leading Australian and international artists through commissioning and presenting contemporary work. The program is artist-led and emerges from Carriageworks’ commitment to reflecting social and cultural diversity.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Located at Sydney’s Circular Quay, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists. From major thematic exhibitions and surveys of established artists, solo exhibitions and special events, to new work by emerging artists, touring exhibitions and community led projects, the MCA engages audiences with contemporary art and ideas.
Freja Carmichael is Ngugi belonging to the Quandamooka People of Moreton Bay. Over the past decade she has worked alongside First Nation artists and communities as an independent curator on exhibitions, programming, collection research and writing.View
Jane Devery is the MCA Senior Curator, Exhibitions. She plays a lead curatorial role in the development and presentation of the museum’s exhibition program.View
Beatrice Gralton is Senior Curator of the Brett Whiteley Studio at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Working for over two decades in Australian and international art museums she has extensive collection management, exhibition production and commissioning experience.View
Aarna Fitzgerald Hanley
Aarna Fitzgerald Hanley is Curator of Programs at Carriageworks. Working on curatorial projects over the past decade, Aarna has specialised in commissioning site-specific works.View
Emily Rolfe is Curator, Contemporary Visual Arts at Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C). Advocating for collaborative, artist-led curatorial models and projects, Emily has extensive experience delivering new commissions and curating exhibitions with Australian and international artists.View
Auslan introduction to The National 4.