First artists for inaugural edition of The National: New Australian Art 2017 announced

A major partnership between the Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, The National: New Australia Art is a six year initiative, dedicated to presenting the latest and greatest contemporary Australian art.

Exhibitions will take place in 2017, 2019, and 2021.

Ahead of the full artist reveal on December 1st, organisers have named the first nine artists who will be involved in the 2017 project, which marks the only large-scale recurring Sydney exhibition solely focused on contemporary Australian art. Artists will be featured at a single location for the duration of the exhibition.

The initial artists are:

Art Gallery of NSW: Taloi Havini, Tiger Yaltangki, and Alex Martinis Roe.
Carriageworks: Archie Moore, Justene Williams, and Richard Lewer.
MCA: Erin Coates, Karen Mills, and Ronnie van Hout.

Curated by Anneke Jaspers and Wayne Tunnili from the Art Gallery of NSW, Lisa Havilah and Nina Miall of Carriageworks, and Blair French from MCA, the exhibition will connect the city’s key cultural spaces in The Domain, Redfern, and Circular Quay.


The National: New Australian Art 2017 will have a lengthy run at each of the Sydney institutions involved:

Art Gallery of NSW: 30th March – 30th July 2017
Carriageworks: 30th March – 18th June 2017
MCA: 30th March- 18th June 2017

For more information, please see the gallery websites.

Header image, L to R: Tiger Yaltangki, Doctor Who, 2016 (courtesy the artist and Iwantja Arts); Archie Moore, Inchalachee Nation, 2014 (courtesy the artist and The Commerical, Sydney); Ronnie van Hout, To Love and be Loved in Return, 2014 (courtesy the artist, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, and Station Gallery, Melbourne).


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Jodie Sloan

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