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Curator Talks

Curator Talks

Open Day

Discover something new at our Curator Talks. Enjoy stories about remarkable Australian artists, language diversity in NSW, the art of protest and Sydney's forgotten cemetery.

All talks are approximately 1 hour long and located in the Gallery Room, Ground Floor, Mitchell Building.

Crowd looking amused and happy
13 / 17 events in this Open Day series
12 October 2019 10:30am to 4pm


No bookings required: Free


State Library of NSW
Gallery Room, Ground Floor, Mitchell Building
Sydney NSW 2000


10.30 am to 11.30 am

Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian

Paintings from the Collection

Paintings from the Collection is an extraordinary salon-style hang of over 300 priceless paintings, drawn from the Library’s extensive collection. It showcases portraits and landscapes from the 1790s to today – many by well-known artists.

Mitchell Librarian Richard Neville will share the intriguing personal and historical stories behind some his favourite works and artists, and reveal the painting he’d most like to have on his walls at home.

12 pm to 1 pm 

Ronald Briggs, curator

Living Language

The State Library’s major exhibition Living Language: Country, Culture, Community celebrates the rich diversity of Aboriginal languages in NSW.

Curator Ronald Briggs (Gamilaroi) talks about how this landmark exhibition came together, and the compelling stories of joy, strength and survival shared by Aboriginal language speakers and Elders on Country from the Central and North West Plains through to Coastal Sydney.

2019 is UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages.

1.30 pm to 2.30 pm

Margot Riley, curator

The Art of Agitation

Social activism exploded in Sydney during the 1960s and 70s, as did the poster making scene with public art plastered all over the city.

The Library has been collecting political posters for almost 50 years, and it hasn't stopped. Fifty rarely seen posters from the 1960s to 80s are currently on display in the Amaze Gallery.

Curator Margot Riley will share the fascinating and little-known stories behind the posters and discuss how the art of protesting has changed over the years.

3 pm to 4 pm

Elise Edmonds, Senior Curator

In memory of a lost cemetery

Over 30,000 people were once buried in the Devonshire Street Cemetery where Sydney’s Central Station now stands.  The Library’s haunting exhibition Dead Central unearths the layers of history in this one site.

Curator Elise Edmonds will share the fascinating backstory of how this exhibition was developed. She’ll introduce you to some of the people who were buried there, and those who were just recently discovered.





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