Art and Design Back to all Stories Architecture Art and Design History The Bridge: the arch that cut the skyThe journey to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge would take almost 100 years. In this 5-part series, travel through history to experience the story of realising a city’s dream. Art and Design History Architecture: arrival of modernismArchitectural modernism was a revolutionary rejection of past styles and the use of architectural ornament. Art and Design Biography History Architect of the screenby Erica AronstenEric Thompson’s career as an architect, artist and filmmaker highlights the close connection between architecture and design in the development of the film industry. Art and Design History Photography Harry Seidler collectionDesigns and photographs from Australia's best known modernist architect. Art and Design History Literature Decoration and Glass magazineby Sarah MorleyDecoration and Glass, a magazine for home builders, architects and decorators has been digitised in colour as part of the Library’s Digital Excellence Program. Art and Design Biography Francis Greenway: convict architectFrancis Greenway (1777- 1837) produced some of the finest colonial buildings in Australia. Art and Design History The Garden PalaceSydney’s Garden Palace was a magnificent building with a grandeur that dominated the skyline and captivated society from its opening in 1879. Three years later it was destroyed in a devastating fire. Show more Drawings and paintings Aboriginal Art and Design Natural World The Wallis albumThe discovery and acquisition of a fascinating album compiled by Captain James Wallis reveals the artistic collaborations between a commandant and a convict. Art and Design Natural World The TAL & Dai-ichi Life Derby CollectionThis extraordinary collection of natural history illustrations contains 745 watercolours in six volumes, the collection conveys Europe’s naïve yet genuine sense of wonder at Australia’s unique natural history. Art and Design Exhibition Exploration History Convict artists in the time of Governor MacquarieMany used their art to record and interpret the landscape and people of the early settlement. Art and Design Biography Exhibition Conrad Martens and George Edwards Peacock: Sydney artistsArtists have always been attracted to the natural beauty of Sydney Harbour and its foreshores. Art and Design History Mapping Natural World Papua New Guinea (PNG): Forty years of independenceAlthough European navigators visited and explored the Papua New Guinea islands for 170 years, little was known of the Papua New Guinea inhabitants until the late 19th century. Art and Design Biography History The story of May GibbsMay Gibbs, author, illustrator and cartoonist, has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of Australians with her lovable bush characters and fairytale landscapes. Art and Design Exploration A French sailor-artist on the South Seasby Anna CorkhillAn enquiry from France brings to light a gem of nineteenth century travel illustration. Graphic design Art and Design We tell the worldby Michael BogleThe Library’s collection offers glimpses into Sydney signwriting and decorating firm Althouse & Geiger that once boasted, 'We tell the world everything it wants to know'. Art and Design Exhibition Electric image: 1980s poster art and one Sydney bandby Margot RileyAn eye-catching poster got the message out for an emerging Sydney band in 1980. Art and Design Biography Everything: a 1980s anarchist-feminist magazineby Helen CummingA feminist newspaper from the early 1980s brings back memories of lively co-op meetings, nutritious sandwiches and high ideals. Art and Design Australian InspirationThis is the story of Julie Paterson, one of Australia’s best known contemporary textile designers, and her design journey of drawing inspiration from the collection. Art and Design History Endgameby Maggie PattonHundreds of delightful and intriguing endpapers can be found in the State Library of NSW collection. Art and Design History The Bowman flagOur first coat of arms? The first recorded use of the kangaroo and emu supporting a shield is found on the Bowman Flag of 1806.