What's On

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

Sackville Reach, Dyarubbin (Hawkesbury River) photograph by Joy Lai  2020 

Dyarubbin

27 March 2021 to 13 March 2022
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Darug knowledge-holders, artists and educators Leanne Watson, Jasmine Seymour, Erin Wilkins and Rhiannon Wright share their culture and stories of special sites along Dyarubbin  (the Hawkesbury river). 

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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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Coming out in the 70s

28 November 2020 to 30 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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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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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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Significant Individuals: Quong Tart

Wednesday
Wednesday, 21 April 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:15pm
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Step into Quong Tart’s shoes and piece together the missing primary sources to bring Quong Tart’s story to life.

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Desk with quill

Grapho

Thursday
Thursday, 22 April 2021 - 12pm to 1pm
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Join us at the Library for calligraphy demonstrations in languages other than English

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Bri Lee holding novel Love Objects

The B List with Bri Lee & Emily Maguire

Thursday
Thursday, 22 April 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Acclaimed author Emily Maguire joins the book club to talk about her latest novel  Love Objects.

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Spotlight on Shakespeare

Friday
Friday, 23 April 2021 - 10am to 10:45am
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This interactive experience will inspire your students to learn more about the great playwright, William Shakespeare! 

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Spotlight on Shakespeare

Friday
Friday, 23 April 2021 - 2pm to 2:45pm
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This interactive experience will inspire your students to learn more about the great playwright, William Shakespeare! 

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Going places: Migration to Australia

Monday
Monday, 26 April 2021 - 9:30am to 10:15am
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We’ll investigate reasons for migrating and uncover different journeys over the sea.

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Past PLA winners Trent Dalton and Billy Griffiths holding awards

And the Award Goes To...

Tuesday
Tuesday, 27 April 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
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Be among the first to hear from some of the newly announced winners of the 2021 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

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Head shot of author Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville: A Room Made of Leaves

Tuesday
Tuesday, 27 April 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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International bestselling author Kate Grenville discusses her latest imaginative response to history, A Room Made of Leaves.International bestselling author Kate Grenville discusses her latest imaginative response to history, A Room Made of Leaves.

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