Exhibitions

Exhibitions at the State Library of New South Wales – current, past and future – seek to engage audiences with the extraordinary range, breadth and depth of our collections.
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Nelson Meers Foundation

The Nelson Meers Foundation supports the State Library of New South Wales in presenting its outstanding collection of rare and historic items to the Australian public through the Heritage Collection series.

 
Image: Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus), PXD 1098, Vol. 4, No. 40

Artist Colony: Drawing Sydney’s Nature

Open:
1 March 2014 – 11 May 2014
Venue:
Exhibition Galleries

The excitement Europeans felt for Australia’s natural world sparked a creative outpouring that provided evidence of the abundance of new and exotic species. These first visual impressions in turn inspired a wave of drawing and collecting throughout the world.

Artist Colony draws from the TAL & Dai-ichi Life Derby Collection comprising 745 exquisite drawings and watercolours.

The exhibition, featuring a lavish showcase of 100 rich and evocative late 18th century natural history drawings, tells an intriguing story of obsession and the thirst for knowledge. It reveals the extraordinary artistic culture that emerged out of the early colony’s harsh and unforgiving environment.

Image: Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus), PXD 1098, Vol. 4, No. 40

Principal exhibition partner

Belalberi Foundation

Collection partners

TAL and NSW Government

 

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Rennie Ellis, Red Baron regulars, silver gelatin photoprint, PXE 858/21

Kings Cross, 1970 to 1971: Photographs by Rennie Ellis

Open:
16 November 2013 – 11 May 2014
Venue:
Exhibition Galleries

The exhibition features twenty-four original photographic prints from the State Library of NSW collection, which were created over the summer of 1970–71 by Melbourne-born Reynolds Mark ‘Rennie’ Ellis.

Ellis and fellow photographer Wesley Stacey wandered the streets of Sydney’s Kings Cross photographing and getting to know the locals and visitors. It was a remarkable time in the history of Kings Cross, when servicemen from Vietnam were enjoying R & R breaks, immigrants opened new coffee shops and restaurants on a daily basis, and young people from the suburbs mingled with drug addicts and prostitutes.

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