Exhibition, Performance
The National 2019: New Australian Art
Tony Albert, Troy-Anthony Baylis, Eric Bridgeman, Sam Cranstoun, Cherine Fahd, Julie Fragar, Amala Groom, Tara Marynowsky, Mish Meijers & Tricky Walsh, Tom Mùller, Clare Peake, Sean Rafferty, Eugenia Raskopoulos, Luke Roberts, Thom Roberts, Mark Shorter, Nat Thomas, Melanie Jame Wolf
Tony Albert in The National 2019: New Australian Art, 2019
Photo: Zan Wimberley
The National 2019: New Australian Art is a celebration of contemporary Australian art. The second of three biennial survey exhibitions, it showcases work being made across the country by artists of different generations and cultural backgrounds. Through ambitious new and commissioned projects, the 70 artists featured across three venues respond to the times in which they live, presenting observations that are provocative, political and poetic.

The National is a partnership between the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA). This year, it has been curated by Isobel Parker Philip (AGNSW), Daniel Mudie Cunningham (Carriageworks), and Clothilde Bullen (MCA) and Anna Davis (MCA). Working in close dialogue, they have developed three distinct presentations of new Australian art that together highlight many of the ideas and concerns motivating artists in Australia today.

At Carriageworks artists navigate the present moment, through the past, for the future. The exhibition maps memory and place, where the work of art acts like a postcard for an unintended reader. Exploring the slippery edges of truth and fiction, the artists at Carriageworks reflect on the individual’s place in a precarious world, sending a message from the visual wreckage of local, national and global situations.
Curatorial Essay:
Dark Sunshine



29 March –
23 June 2019


Daniel Mudie Cunningham