What's On

Public programs and learning activities will be delivered onsite and online in 2021. See what's on here. 

Photos1440

16 January 2021 to 25 April 2021
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Marking its 10th year, the Photos1440 exhibition returns to the Library with a look back over the past decade of key events and moments captured through the lens of Sydney Morning Herald photographers.

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Leaves and twigs burning on a sandy ground

Eight Days in Kamay

13 July 2020 to 28 February 2021
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In April 1770, strangers onboard the Endeavour appeared off the shores of Kamay (Botany Bay). This exhibition explores the eight days that followed and their continuing legacy.

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Gaby A

Coming out in the 70s

28 November 2020 to 16 May 2021
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Gay and lesbian life went public in the 70s. Speaking up and standing out, gay men and women took to the streets proudly demanding to be seen, heard and accepted.  This exhibition tells their story.

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Historical and contemporary photographs of people wearing masks in the street, side by side.

PANDEMIC!

5 September 2020 to 24 January 2021
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This display compares two pandemics, one century apart.

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Oil painting. Panoramic scene of a harbour.

More than 300 original artworks from the Library’s unique collection of landscape and portrait paintings.

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A woman and a man browsing miscellaneous objects in a display shelf.

The Collectors’ Gallery

3 July 2020 to 31 October 2021
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Sculpture busts, miniature portraits, ceramics, coins, medals, cutlery, teacups, typewriters, convict bricks and much more!

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A box of collected items

CANCELLED: Captivating Collections (onsite)

Monday
Monday, 18 January 2021 - 10am to 11:30am
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Do you have a special collection but don’t know how to display it? We can help you with that!

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Children with their hands up

Tour of the Library

Monday
Monday, 18 January 2021 - 12pm to 12:45pm
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Never been around the Library? Here’s your chance to explore.

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Captivating Collections (onsite)

Monday
Monday, 18 January 2021 - 2pm to 3:30pm
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Do you have a special collection but don’t know how to display it? We can help you with that!

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Japanese doll figurine and origami displayed on a table

CANCELLED: Matsuri (onsite)

Tuesday
Tuesday, 19 January 2021 - 10am to 11:30am
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Dive into the world of Japanese folk crafts, language and culture.

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Tour of the Library

Tuesday
Tuesday, 19 January 2021 - 12pm to 12:45pm
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Never been around the Library? Here’s your chance to explore.

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Japanese doll figurine and origami displayed on a table

Matsuri (onsite)

Tuesday
Tuesday, 19 January 2021 - 2pm to 3:30pm
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Dive into the world of Japanese folk crafts, language and culture.

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Adrian Beck: writer workshop (online)

Wednesday
Wednesday, 20 January 2021 - 10am to 11am
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Join bestselling children’s book author, Adrian Beck, as he delivers an engaging and funny author workshop for kids.

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