The National 2021: New Australian Art

Fri 26th March, 2021 – Sun 5th September, 2021
Various venues
Three of Sydney’s best institutions will present 39 new artworks from March.

The National is a celebrated biennial survey showcasing the work of artists from across Australia from different generations and cultural backgrounds.

This year’s third instalment sees the exhibition mounted across three venues – the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) – and promises to display a diverse range of works and media such as painting, photography, film, sculpture and textiles, as well as installation and performance.

From March to September The National 2021: New Australian Art will exhibit 39 new and commissioned works by leading contemporary Australian artists drawn from urban and regional centres, as well as remote communities such as Zendah Kes (Torres Strait Islands), Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY Lands) in northwest South Australia, Yirrkala in northeast Arnhem Land and Belyuen on the northwest coast of the Northern Territory.

The 2021 biennial tackles overlapping themes such as the environment, its destruction and human’s planetary responsibility, global uncertainty, and our relationship to Country, collaboration and inter-generational learning.

Curating The National 2021 are MCA chief curator Rachel Kent, AGNSW curator of Asian art Matt Cox with AGNSW assistant curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art Erin Vink; and independent curator for Carriageworks Abigail Moncrieff. Artists featured include Vernon Ah Kee & Dalisa Pigram, Mitch Cairns, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Alana Hunt, Karrabing Film Collective and Darren Sylvester .

The National 2021: New Australian Art opens on 26 March 2021 at the AGNSW, Carriageworks and the MCA. Entry to the exhibition is free at all three venues. See more details.

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