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1 - 31 Apr 10:00am 5:00pm

'Rhythm Sequence' is the first career survey of Australian artist Gemma Smith. The exhibition traces the development of Smith’s practice since 2003 and its experimentation with the language of painting. It celebrates Smith’s reworking of abstract codes and styles, as well as the testing of colour and form, pictorial depth and formal and improvised gestures.

1 - 31 Apr 10:00am 5:00pm

Multidisciplinary designers Elliott Bryce Foulkes and Maria Smit draw on a collaborative working process to explore the practice of graphic design within the museum.

1 - 31 Apr 10:00am 5:00pm

The work of Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer considers the field of image production surrounding video games. Focusing on the culture of hacking and “modding”, it examines the production of fan-art and its appropriation of models and image assets from games.

16 - 27 Apr 11:00am 6:00pm

When Playing on Synthetic Grass, we are in our element, in the playground, the artificial space that looks nothing like the real world, but is designed to be safe. A space for experimentation, learning and growth. We don't work, we play, and we don't make works, we make games. Playing on Synthetic Grass brings us back to our childhood, the playgrounds, the playpens and the various play things.

16 - 27 Apr 11:00am 6:00pm

Compositive investigates the potential in harvesting wasted time, utilising this dormant energy to produce new outcomes. A collaborative exercise with several thousand worms and some of my unknown fellow painting students, Compositive used discarded paintings from bins on campus and from my own personal archive to imagine a future without failure - or at least where success can be salvaged.

27 Apr 8:00pm 10:00pm

Wolfgang Mozart | Quintet in E flat K452

Martin Wesley-Smith | Janet for flute, percussion and piano

Francis Poulenc | Sextet

György Ligeti | Bagatelles

Ludwig Thuille | Sextet Op.6

Ian Munro, piano; Geoffrey Collins, flute and David Griffiths, clarinet

with guest artists Huw Jones, oboe; Andrew Barnes, bassoon; Robert Johnson, horn; and Alison Pratt, percussion

1 May 7:00pm 9:00pm

A thrilling, genre-bending performance event from the electrifying UNSW New Music Collective to inspire and provoke new and exciting ways to engage with and enjoy the music of our time.

Featuring powerful, dynamic and radical works by Frederic Rzewski, Steve Reich, Vincent Plush, George Lewis and our very own Eitan Muir, this concert affirms that music making is a profound collective experience that speaks to freedom, choice, social responsibility, defiance and play.

1 May 7:00pm 9:00pm

Short films with light-hearted stories, hysterical situations, misunderstandings, madness and a swathe of jet-black humour. There will be jokes, gags, pratfalls and probably some glowsticks...

2 May 5:00pm 6:00pm

This keynote lecture, delivered by Matthew Kiem, is the first in a new series of talks at UNSW Galleries exploring politics and power in contemporary design.

9 May 6:00pm 7:00pm
Tales of pencils, punctuation and proofreading 'The New Yorker'.
16 May 6:00pm 8:00pm

Are you wondering ‘where to next’ when it comes to your career? UNSW Art & Design offers a range of leading industry-engaged postgraduate coursework and research degrees that will assist you to make your new career possible, push your practice and realise your creative potential.

Join us for our specialist Art & Design Postgraduate Information evening, at UNSW Galleries on our creative campus in Paddington.

18 May 12:00pm 1:00pm

Led by UNSW Galleries Public Engagement Officer, Miranda Samuels, these intimate tours of 'Gemma Smith: Rhythm Sequence' utilise the technique of audio description as an access tool for people who are blind or have low vision, and as a medium for experimenting with ideas of language, abstraction and translation.

Sighted companions and guide dogs are welcome. Open to the general public. For questions please contact Miranda Samuels,

18 May 3:00pm 4:00pm

Exhibiting artist Elliott Bryce Foulkes is joined by designer Ella Sutherland and respective artist collaborators for a discussion on conceiving and communicating links between artist books and exhibition collateral. The conversation centres around the ways in which design (both graphically and spatially) operate within and around exhibition and museum contexts.

1 Jun 3:00pm 4:00pm

Learn more about the work of Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer and the development of his practice in this discussion.

Developed in conjunction with 'Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer: Fragile Fantasy'.

4 Jun 1:10pm 2:00pm

Bask in the beautiful sounds of one of the country’s leading chamber ensembles, as the Australia Ensemble present a free lunch hour concert.

MARTIN | Trio of Folksongs

MURPHY | New Work for clarinet and piano

CRUSSEL | Clarinet Quartet.

No booking required.

8 Jun 8:00pm 10:00pm

Witold Lutosławski | Dance Preludes

Ralph Vaughan Williams | Six Studies in English Folk Song

Luciano Berio | Folksongs

Andrew Ford | Northumbrian Songs

Antonín Dvořák  | Trio in E minor Op.90 'Dumky'

David Griffiths, clarinet; Ian Munro, piano; Dimity Hall, violin; Irina Morozova, viola; and Julian Smiles, cello

21 Jun 8:00pm 10:00pm

Robert Schumann | Frauenliebe

Hélène Tham | Piano Pièces

Antonín Dvořák | Songs my mother taught me

Josef Suk | About Mother Op. 28

Franz Joseph Haydn | My mother bids me bind my hair

Edvard Grieg | Mutterschmerz

Edvard Grieg | Ich liebe dich

Ian Munro, piano and Sara Macliver, soprano

25 Jun 6:00pm 8:00pm

At UNSW Sydney, we know that choosing what to study at university can be a complex decision. That’s why we’re holding a series of Degree and Scholarships Information Evenings.

4 Jul 6:15pm 7:15pm


BACH Two-part Inventions for violin and cello

Two Part Invention No 4

Two Part Invention No 13

Two Part Invention No 8

EDWARDS Ecstatic Dances

VASKS ‘Castillo Interior’

RAVEL Sonata for violin and cello

HINDSON ‘1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8’

Tickets available online


18 Jul 6:15pm 7:15pm

MOZART Sonata in D K381
SCHUBERT Fantasy in F minor D940
MOSZKOWSKI Spanish Dances
RAVEL Mother Goose

Tickets available online


Join us for a complimentary drink with the artist post-concert.

1 Aug 6:15pm 7:15pm

Musical Director Harrison Collins leads us through an intimate hour of cabaret, exploring dreams and passions. Consisting of solos, duets, and ensemble numbers from the much loved and critically acclaimed Broadway musicals Follies, Kiss me Kate, City of Angels, Jesus Christ Superstar, You’re gonna love tomorrow will feature the best of Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cole Porter. 

Watch and listen to the best of our past events right here