Sidney Nolan, Ned Kelly, 1946. Enamel on composition board, 90.8 x 121.5 cm. - National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Gift of Sunday Reed 1977;

Sidney Nolan, Ned Kelly, 1946. Enamel on composition board, 90.8 x 121.5 cm. – National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Gift of Sunday Reed 1977;

From September 21 to December 2013 – Royal Academy of Arts
Marking the first major survey of Australian art in the UK for 50 years, this exhibition will span more than 200 years from 1800 to the present day and seeks to uncover the fascinating social and cultural evolution of a nation through its art.

Frederick McCubbin, The Pioneer, 1904. Oil on canvas, 225.0 x 295.7 cm - National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Felton Bequest, 1906

Frederick McCubbin, The Pioneer, 1904. Oil on canvas, 225.0 x 295.7 cm – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Felton Bequest, 1906

Australia has two aspects: that of the penitentiary, similar to New-Caledonia or Cayenne, a legendary land at the antipodes, but a new nation as well, full of energy and space. Two centuries of art transcribe this symphony in Australia at the Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts