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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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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Culture Up Late

Wednesday
Wednesday, 27 January 2021 - 5pm to 8pm
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The State Library of NSW is joining other major arts and cultural institutions for Culture Up Late, with extended opening hours from 5–8 pm every Wednesday and Thursday evening until 1 April 2021.

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Culture Up Late

Thursday
Thursday, 28 January 2021 - 5pm to 8pm
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The State Library of NSW is joining other major arts and cultural institutions for Culture Up Late, with extended opening hours from 5–8 pm every Wednesday and Thursday evening until 1 April 2021.

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Black Swan

Louise Anemaat – Executive Director, Library & Information Services and Dixson Librarian – talks about some of the extraordinary unseen art of the First Fleet.  

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Culture Up Late

Wednesday
Wednesday, 3 February 2021 - 5pm to 8pm
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The State Library of NSW is joining other major arts and cultural institutions for Culture Up Late, with extended opening hours from 5–8 pm every Wednesday and Thursday evening until 1 April 2021.

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Culture Up Late

Thursday
Thursday, 4 February 2021 - 5pm to 8pm
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The State Library of NSW is joining other major arts and cultural institutions for Culture Up Late, with extended opening hours from 5–8 pm every Wednesday and Thursday evening until 1 April 2021.

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Philosopher Danielle Celermajer comes to the Library to talk about her new book Summertime: Reflections on a vanishing Future.

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Culture Up Late

Wednesday
Wednesday, 10 February 2021 - 5pm to 8pm
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The State Library of NSW is joining other major arts and cultural institutions for Culture Up Late, with extended opening hours from 5–8 pm every Wednesday and Thursday evening until 1 April 2021.

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Culture Up Late

Thursday
Thursday, 11 February 2021 - 5pm to 8pm
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The State Library of NSW is joining other major arts and cultural institutions for Culture Up Late, with extended opening hours from 5–8 pm every Wednesday and Thursday evening until 1 April 2021.

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