Margaret Whitlam Galleries
The Margaret Whitlam Galleries are located in the west wing of the Female Orphan School, home to the Whitlam Institute. They provide an inspiring public space for temporary art and exhibitions, attracting local and national exhibitions that explore elements of Australia’s social, cultural and democratic history.
The Galleries were made possible by the restoration of the west wing of the Female Orphan School through a grant from the Federal Department of Environment, Water and Heritage. The Galleries were officially named by then Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2012, following the passing of Margaret in March of the same year, to pay tribute to the significant contribution made by Margaret Whitlam in support of the Arts in Australia.
The Margaret Whitlam Galleries now provide a hub for the cultural and intellectual life of Western Sydney, with an ever-changing array of exhibitions mounted utilising the expertise of Western Sydney University Art Curator Monica McMahon.
Entry to the Margaret Whitlam Galleries is free, with the galleries open 10am-4pm Wednesday to Friday and 11am-4pm on the first Saturday of each month.
The former Vice Chancellor of Western Sydney University, Emeritus Professor Janice Reid AC, said in 2012, “How fitting it is that while Gough’s Prime Ministerial Library will be nestled in the building’s East Wing, the newly-named Margaret Whitlam Galleries will take pride of place in the West Wing. Margaret, who always provided the counterpoise, the wit and the warmth, the grace, earthy intellect and the style, ensuring that the statesman never consumed the man.”
The Whitlam Institute presents the first public display of a unique collection of artworks gifted to Gough and Margaret Whitlam in 1979, in recognition of their support for the Arts. Artworks by John Olsen, Brett Whiteley, Lloyd Rees, John Coburn, Arthur Boyd, and others are featured in a superb exhibition that explores how Gough Whitlam viewed access to the arts as a fundamental human right and a precondition to a healthy democracy.
OPEN Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am-4 pm + Saturday 6 July 11 am-4 pm
UNTIL Friday 26 July 2019
Curator Guy Betts will bring the Dedicated to the Dedicated: Whitlam, the Arts and Democracy exhibition to life with expert interpretations and behind-the-scenes stories of this exhibition's production.
Attention all spy kids! You're invited to the Whitlam Institute's family fun day featuring our exhibition SPY: Espionage in Australia. This adventure includes a Spy family activity trail and special spy training activities for kids aged 5-12. Learn to experiment with invisible ink and crack the code with cipher wheels, or dress up as a spy to take a secret selfie #spy
We’re open 11am – 4pm on Saturday, 4 May and there's something for everyone throughout the day, but registrations are essential for special spy training sessions.
Open Wednesday - Friday from 10 am - 4 pm and the first Saturday of the month from 11 am - 4 pm
Often cloaked in myth, the stories of spies are sometimes stranger than fiction. Spy: Espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia, from Federation through to the present day.
Over the years, countless artists from every discipline have drawn on artist Kevin Oxley’s vision while making use of facilities and classes offered in the atmospheric setting of the Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop. Their works, as well as those of Oxley, are brought together to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Hawkesbury Workshop.
Promiscuous Provenance encourages a re-examination of our relationship with our colonial past. Using a range of different media, Anna Glynn populates her own antipodean world with strange hybrid manifestations to invoke curiosity and wonder.
Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders explores the stories of a selection of NSW women who were leaders and trailblazers in public sector work, alongside the perspectives of women working in key public sphere roles today.
Melding past and present, this unique exhibition asks provocative questions about women, the public sphere and leadership. Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders is a new exhibition curated and produced by State Archives and Records NSW, presented at the Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University from 26 April to 27 July 2018.
65 original artworks by people serving custodial sentences in Australia and around the world, accompanied by an ambient soundscape of poems written by people in prison and recited by professional actors.
An intriguing exploration of shadow matters, reflecting memory, time and space, Zu invites viewers to experience all aspects of the concept of “missing”: physical, psychological and metaphorical.
Without Consent is much more than an exhibition. It is a significant contribution to the narrative of our national history, giving voice to an estimated 250,000 Australians affected by forced adoption policies and practices, largely occurring between 1950 and 1975.
Through the lens of this one department store, the exhibition explores the role of women in the 1950s, and the evolution of fashion from the early 20th century.