What's On

Old black and white photograph of men sitting at the bottom of a large fig tree making boomerangs. A beach can be seen in the background.

A new project by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, who has collaborated with four Sydney elders — Uncle Chicka, Aunty Esme, Aunty Sandra and Uncle Dennis — to tell a very personal story of Aboriginal Sydney.

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Black and white photograph of gravestones in a cemetery.

Dead Central

25 May 2019 to 3 May 2020
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Thousands of people travel now through Central Station every day, but how many know what once lay beneath it?  Dead Central will take you on a journey back to 19th century Sydney, to rediscover a place you thought you knew. 

 

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A girl stands at touchscreen in front of a digital bookcase projected onto the wall in front.

Off the Shelf

2 November 2019 to 22 March 2020
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Virtually explore the many intriguing, perplexing and playful volumes waiting to be read in your State Library. 

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Photograph of the bush

Marking the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, this exhibition builds on the Library's historical collections with stories of resilience and achievement from communities throughout NSW. 

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A colourful illustration of a lush, dense garden full of trees and flowers.

Stories in the Sun

28 September 2019 to 23 February 2020
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Children’s picture book illustrations from the Library's collection.

 

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Black and white illustrating of man kneeling at an alter, four knights at his back, surrounded by branch of leaves.

Amaze Gallery

6 October 2018 to 31 December 2021
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An ever changing selection of fascinating items from the Library's extraordinary collection.

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Oil painting. Panoramic scene of a harbour.

Paintings from the Collection

6 October 2018 to 31 October 2021
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More than 300 original artworks from the Library’s unique collection of landscape and portrait paintings.

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The Collectors’ Gallery

6 October 2018 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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Family Sunday

Sunday
Sunday, 23 February 2020 - 10am to 3pm
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Join us for a full day of family fun at the State Library on Sunday 23 February 2020, 10.00 to 3pm

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Storytime in the Children's Library

Monday
Monday, 24 February 2020 - 10:30am to 11am
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We have a brand-new Children’s Library full of beautiful books to share with you.

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As the performance of Australian students is falling in international tests in reading, science and especially maths, we are failing to use our best teachers to improve teaching across all schools.

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Talking Deadly: Ten Doors Down

Wednesday
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 - 6pm to 7pm
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Robert Tickner will discuss his new memoir Ten Doors Down: the story of a federal minister’s remarkable reunion with his birth parents.

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Project Ludwig

Wednesday
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Ludwig van Beethoven was born on 17 December 1770. In 2020, the 250th anniversary of his birth, come and celebrate the great composer with the Australian String Quartet, in this special concert experience at the State Library of NSW.

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