The Sydney Modern Project

Transforming Sydney’s Art Gallery of New South Wales



ISBN: 9781741741568 Category:

Art Gallery NSW


So here it is, ready to invigorate the cityscape: the Sydney Modern Project. The new building and the city are well placed to harmonise because they share fundamental qualities. Energetic, speculative and attuned to ever-adjusting contexts, the city and the new museum both project outward, creatively curious about everything that is coming over the horizon.
– Ross Gibson

The Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney sits on Gadigal Country overlooking one of the world’s most beautiful harbours. With the completion of its Sydney Modern Project – encompassing a beautiful new building designed by award-winning Japanese architects SANAA and a unique art garden along with transformed displays of art across its campus – the Art Gallery stands at the forefront of an international movement to create museums for our times.

Like many other art museums, the Art Gallery was founded in an era when collecting ambitions were inseparable from a Eurocentric, colonialist worldview. Today, this 150-year-old institution is forging a cosmopolitan future inspired by its historical context, its location in Sydney and the diversity of its audiences, following the guiding principle of ‘From here. For all.’

In this important new book, director Michael Brand and colleagues from across the Art Gallery consider what is unique about presenting art from the perspective of Sydney and Australia, bringing to their work a consciousness of the past as a continuing presence and the future as an open possibility.
The fourteen chapters are preceded by a foreword by acclaimed academic, essayist and multi-media artist Ross Gibson who sets the scene, and an introduction by Michael Brand.

Designed by Dominic Hofstede of Mucho, The Sydney Modern Project will be promoted as part of an international media campaign around the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Sydney Modern Project, through international PR teams based in London, New York and Hong Kong.

Additional information

Weight 774 g
Dimensions 16.8 x 24.1 cm
Publisher name Art Gallery of New South Wales
Publication date 10 December 2022
Number of pages 290
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Michael Brand, Foreword by Ross Gibson, Contributions by Ross Gibson, Michael Brand, Maud Page, Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd, Paschal Daantos Berry, Lisa Catt, Nicholas Chambers, Melanie Eastburn, Steven Miller, Denise Mimmocchi, Carolyn Murphy, Isobel Parker Philip, Justin Paton, Cara Pinchbeck, Peter Raissis, Wayne Tunnicliffe, and Jonathan Wilson
Dimensions 16.8 x 24.1 cm
Weight 774 g


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Ross Gibson is centenary professor in creative and cultural research at the University of Canberra

Art Gallery of New South Wales authors

Michael Brand is director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Maud Page is deputy director and director of collections

Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd is curator of film

Paschal Daantos Berry is head of Learning and Participation

Lisa Catt is curator of contemporary international art

Nicholas Chambers ?is senior curator of modern and contemporary international art

Melanie Eastburn is senior curator of Asian art

Steven Miller is the manager of the Capon Research Library and National Art Archive

Denise Mimmocchi is senior curator of Australian art

Carolyn Murphy is head of conservation

Isobel Parker Philip is senior curator of contemporary Australian art

Justin Paton is head curator of international art

Cara Pinchbeck is senior curator Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art

Peter Raissis ?is senior curator of historical European art

Wayne Tunnicliffe is head curator of Australian art

Jonathan Wilson is music and community curator