Current displays

Photo by Julie Kerbel

Canon Shine

Macquarie Street foyer

On display until 5 October 2014

Australia's most powerful image

Photographer: Julie Kerbel

My message to kids is 'unplug your screens'! Get up! Get out! Explore, have fun, develop your talents, be part of a team and build friendships that last a lifetime. There’s a whole world out there waiting to be discovered.

Everyone has a unique perspective of the world and with Canon Shine, Canon set out to uncover what it is that Australians care about – through powerful images. Images were collected from across the nation. This display features the Top 50 as voted by the public, and Australia’s most powerful image selected by Canon's esteemed judging panel.

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No one sees it like you

Photo by Julie Kerbel

Herbert Reginald Gallop, Fig Tree Bridge, Lane Cove, 1940s

Harbour Views

Exhibition Galleries

On display until October 2014

In addition to our other offerings in the galleries, Harbour Views is a tranquil experience with painted impressions of Sydney Harbour from colonial to modern times. Many of the artistic impressions are accompanied by responses from members of DiVerse, an Australian arts group which transcribes visual art into poetry on our Curio app.

Image:  Herbert Reginald Gallop, Fig Tree Bridge, Lane Cove, 1940s (ML 733)

Home: photos of ethnic communities

Home: photographs of ethnic communities by Louise Whelan

Level 1, Macquarie Street building

On display until 24 August 2014

Australia is now one of the world's great multicultural countries with one in four Australians being born overseas. Sydney based photographer Louise Whelan started photographing ethnic communities in NSW with the endorsement of the State Library of NSW in 2010. The photographs take the viewer into homes and urban environments of both refugees and migrants now calling Australia home.

Image: Louise Whelan, Stan and Marie Deynua, new arrivals from Liberia in 2009, Goulburn, NSW

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