When is a Library an Art Gallery? Hanging out with Art at the State Library of NSW

Paintings from the Collection Exhibition at State Library of NSW

I learnt something the other day.

Yes, I know the old saying that ‘it is a dull day when you don’t’. However, I am still a little boggled by all the questions this learning experience generated, and despite a lot of pondering, am still missing all the answers.

Maybe I am late to the party, but I thought that libraries were for books, papers, the written word?

Little did I know that the State Library of NSW has a vast range individual art works from the smallest portrait to the largest landscapes, over 100 000 architectural plans and 50 000 black and white art drawings.

The question is…why?

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