The National 2019: New Australian Art presents the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art, curated across three of Sydney's premier cultural institutions: the Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. A six-year initiative over three editions in 2017, 2019 and 2021, the curatorial vision for the exhibition represents a mix of emerging, mid-career and established artists drawn from around the country and Australian artists practicing overseas. New and commissioned works encompass a diverse range of mediums including painting, video, sculpture, installation, drawing and performance. Connecting three of Sydney’s key cultural precincts – The Domain, Redfern and Circular Quay – The National 2019: New Australian Art is the only large-scale recurring exhibition in the city focused solely on contemporary Australian art. Curators for the 2019 edition of The National 2019: New Australian Art are Isobel Parker Philip, Curator of Photographs, Art Gallery of NSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Curator of Visual Arts, Carriageworks; Clothilde Bullen, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander exhibitions and collections and Anna Davis, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
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.
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.
Clothilde Bullen, a Wardandi (Nyoongar)/Yamatji woman, is Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander exhibitions and collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art. She was previously Curator of Indigenous art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.View
Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Daniel Mudie Cunningham has been Senior Curator of Visual Arts at Carriageworks since 2017. A widely published arts writer, he has also held roles as Head Curator at Artbank, Curator at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and lecturer and senior research associate at Western Sydney University.View
Anna Davis is Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. She speaks and publishes widely on contemporary art and curatorial practice, and has presented exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand and Korea.View
Essays from the 2017 edition of The National: New Australian Art
Unceded: Contesting the national, or Australia is a foreign country
The nation is a contested site, just as Australia may be a foreign country. It is possible to speak of multiple nations within the Australian state, abutting each other, and ...Read More
That great mythical work
Like many words, ‘national’ is at once too immense, too diffuse, too complicated and contradictory, and somewhat inadequate. Where d...Read More
Anxieties of the self
In 1900, a year before Federation, the Australian surveyor and anthropologist R.H. Mathews, a contentious figure in this newly emerging field on account of his lack of academic credentials, publ...Read More
Past origins, present politics
In his last body of work, Home Décor (after M. Preston) (2012–13), the late, great conceptual painter Gordon Bennett looked back to an earlier moment in Australian...Read More
The National: New Australian Art is grounded in an ethos of collaboration: between institutions and curators, with artists and writers. As the many participants in this landmark ne...Read More
Upside down/right way up: Historiography of contemporary ‘Australian’ art
The historiography of Australian art has, from the very first attempts, been vexed by the notion of ‘Australia’. Like a parasite, this name, which is a metonym for a powerful ideolog...Read More
Through time: Continuity in the contemporary
The artists exhibiting in The National 2017: New Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), while employing a diversity of media and with a si...Read More