Centenary Programme

Join us in 2017 for our exciting, nationwide programme of major exhibitions, special events and important publications marking the centenary of Sidney's birth. 

Selected highlights of our Centenary programme appear below. We will post further information as details are confirmed. Make sure you are signed up to our mailing list to receive the latest news - select the 'Sidney Nolan' option for Centenary information and other options for details of our programmes and courses. Follow our birthday tribute to Sidney here and on Instagram #Nolan100. 


30 September 2017 - 28 January 2018: Sidney Nolan and Graham Sutherland: A Sense of Place, Oriel y Parc, St David's

Click here for exhibition details. Organised in partnership by the National Museum Wales and the Sidney Nolan Trust. The gallery at Oriel y Parc is a partnership between Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. Oriel Y Parc Gallery, High Street, Saint David’s, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6NW. Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm daily

24 November - date tbc: Back of Beyond drawings exhibition, British Museum, London

An exhibition of Nolan’s ‘Back of Beyond’ drawings, in which he confronts the horrors of the Australian drought and presents a starkly tragic vision of the Australian outback. In June 1952, Nolan had travelled into the Northern Territory with his then wife Cynthia to record the worst drought in living memory in a series of drawings for the 'Courier-Mail' newspaper. Nolan took photographs of the drought-stricken devastation and made notes in his diary. Together with his later experiences on the Birdsville Track, these became source material for his series of pictures of cattle carcasses painted in 1953 his studio in Sydney and for his subsequent drawings in London, a selection of which will go on display in this exhibition. http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on.aspx

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London.  WC1B 3DG. Opening Hours: Daily 10.00–17.30 Fridays: open until 20.30. 

17 August - tbc: Sidney Nolan - The Greek Series, The Hellenic Museum Melbourne

​"It is only in myth that the truth of any country can be found", Sidney Nolan 

​The Hellenic Museum, 280 William Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia  (+61) 3 8615 9016  www.hellenic.org.au/sidney-nolan-the-greek-series

Open 7 days, 10am until 4pm. 

18 November 2017 - 20 May 2018: Making History - Nolan at the Newsagent

Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen, VIC3105. www.heide.com.au


Tuesday-Sunday10am-5pm.Closed Mondays.



3 March: Nolan in Britain Symposium, Menzies Centre, King’s College London

Organised and hosted by the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies this half-day symposium will feature panel conversations with prominent academics and artists including Nicholas Usherwood, Shaun Gladwell and Kate McMillan, exploring the life and work of Sidney Nolan. The symposium will be moderated by Jonathan Watkins, Director of Birmingham’s acclaimed Ikon Gallery. FULLY BOOKED. 

21 April - 5 May: Unseen: Works from the Sidney Nolan Trust Collection, Australia House, London

To mark Sidney Nolan’s 100th birthday on 22 April 2017, Australia House hosts an exhibition featuring paintings many of which have never been shown in public, giving a personal insight into Nolan’s world.  The main focus of the exhibition will be a display of four large-scale spray-painted abstracts, his final major works, reunited for the first time since Nolan’s death. Other works in the exhibition are taken from the Trust’s collection and will span some of his earliest works through to his later spray paintings.   

22 April: Symposium, Royal Academy of Arts, London

A day-long symposium drawing on three aspects of Nolan’s artistic journey: Nolan as a global artist with profile and influence across two continents; Nolan’s breadth of practice and why being a polymath has been lost in the younger generation of artists; materiality and how Nolan’s wide use of materials put him ahead of the game. Booking opens, initially to Friends of the RA, from 6th February. https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/courses-classes-sidney-nolan

25 April: Sidney Nolan at 100 – Still Radical, talk at Highgate Cemetery, London

Simon Mundy, poet, novelist, biographer and friend of Nolan will cover Nolan's life and mark the first anniversary of his wife Mary's burial with him in Highgate Cemetery.  Simon Mundy has written a short introductory biography on Nolan especially for the centenary. 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm. http://highgatecemetery.org/events

18 February - 4 June: ‘Transferences: Sidney Nolan in Britain’, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

Curated by art historian Dr Rebecca Daniels, this major exhibition will chart Nolan’s time living and working in Britain, focussing on the recurrent themes in his work of Australian history and literature, mythology and tragic hero/ anti-hero.  The exhibition will bring together some of Nolan’s most iconic images – such as that of notorious outlaw Ned Kelly – and will also highlight Nolan’s life-long interest in music and theatre with a display of his set and costumes designed for Royal Ballet’s 1962 production of the Rite of Spring – a production that is still performed to this day. http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/main-galleries/transferences-sidney-nolan-in-britain1/transferences-sidney-nolan-in-britain

25 May: Formal opening of Nolan’s studio, The Rodd, Herefordshire

30th May, 2.30pm: Germaine Greer on Sidney Nolan's Centenary at the Hay Festival 

26 May - 29 August: Sidney Nolan's Studio and 'Reflections' exhibition at The Rodd

To mark the centenary of Sidney Nolan’s birth, we are delighted to be able to open his last studio to the public for the first time. Untouched since his death, it gives an unrivalled insight into his creative workings. Click on the links here to visit the Studio webpage and the Gallery webpage. 

Sidney Nolan Trust, The Rodd, Presteigne, LD8 2LL

Opening hours: daily until 29th August 2017 10am-5pm (closed Sundays)

10 June - 3 September, spray paintings, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

An opportunity to see Nolan's powerful spray painted portraits, created towards the end of his life, which place his work in a modern context. https://ikon-gallery.org/whats-on/

Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday & bank holiday Mondays 11am – 5pm

24-29 August: Presteigne Festival of Music & the Arts

The 2017 festival will feature a recital in memory of Sidney’s wife, Mary Nolan, who died in 2016, together with talks and a film screening.

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Arts Council England