What's On

Today

Matthew Flinders and his Friends

Wednesday
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 - 1pm to 2pm
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In all the ups and downs of his career, Matthew Flinders always knew he would get nowhere without his friends – and we have a vast amount of evidence from his letters and journals about what friendship meant to him and whom he regarded as his friends. In this talk, Dr Gillian Dooley will go to Flinders’ own writings and other contemporary sources, to explore his affections and allegiances, and establish who his real friends were.

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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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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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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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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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Sedition: The Art of Agitation

31 August 2019 to 1 December 2019
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A showcase of the State Library’s little known and rarely seen collections of high-impact, attention-grabbing poster art of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

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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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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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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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Launch into Library Research: From Art to Inspiration

Thursday, 21 November 2019 - 10am to Thursday, 28 November 2019 - 4:30pm
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This special two-day program will take you on an "artist's eye" journey of the Library's collections.

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Join us at the Library for The B List, an exciting, new style of book club hosted by the award-winning author and avid reader, Bri Lee. After the conversation we will retire to our historic Friends Room where you will be able to buy a drink and chat further with your new book club friends!

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Author Talk: Pain and Prejudice

Saturday
Saturday, 23 November 2019 - 2pm to 3pm
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In 2015, The Guardian journalist Gabrielle Jackson told her editor she wanted to write about endometriosis. It turned into a world-wide investigation into the disease.

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