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The latest news from the Chau Chak Wing Museum

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05 July 2021

Shaping Ambassadors

Including cultural materials from 25 different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language groups, curator Matt Poll explains how the Ambassadors exhibition represents a new way of working with First Nations collections.
10 June 2021

Chau Chak Wing Museum wins three national museum awards

The Chau Chak Wing Museum has received the Museums & Galleries National Award for its Yolŋu Indigenous Project and two Museums Australasia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards.
27 May 2021

Head above water

Curator Katrina Liberiou discusses how 'Coastline' artists use photography to chart their experience of the space where land meets sea.
26 May 2021

New conservator joins the Chau Chak Wing Museum team

Passionate about natural history, Museum Conservator Silvia Da Rocha has worked all over the world and has recently come home to Sydney to care for our collections.
18 May 2021

The best things to see and do at the Chau Chak Wing Museum

With a dizzying collection of art, history, science and ancient cultures sprawling over four floors, where do you start? What should you do? Well, this guide is for you.

11 May 2021

Pop art meets ancient Egypt

An introductory exhibition at the Chau Chak Wing Museum shows the possibilities created by bringing three museum collections under one roof.
05 May 2021

Moroccan ‘moon’ mosaic

He’d just come back from a mission to the moon, but another surprise was waiting. Curator Candace Richards describes how a treasure gifted to Apollo 12’s Richard Gordon found its way into our collections.
05 May 2021

SILLIAC: the machine that brought Australia into the computer age

A horse-racing benefactor with an interest in science made one of Australia's first, and then most powerful, computers possible.

22 April 2021

Penelope Seidler AM awarded honorary doctorate

Australian architect, Penelope Seidler AM has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Sydney in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of architecture, the arts and the wider community.
23 February 2021

From missions to makarraṯa

The Yolŋu process of makarraṯa, promoting shared understanding to find a unified path forward, has underpinned a flagship exhibition, and a related book, at the University's new Chau Chak Wing Museum.
04 February 2021

Foundations: developing Gululu dhuwala djalkiri

For the Yolŋu people of eastern Arnhem Land, the foundation of their knowledge is expressed through art. Curator Rebecca Conway shares the ideas and process behind this powerful exhibition.
19 January 2021

19th century start-ups

A photographic exhibition at the new Chau Chak Wing Museum draws on the University's historic photography collection to delve into the heyday of commercial studio photography.
11 January 2021

Major new exhibition explores the Coastline

One of 18 exhibitions at the new Chau Chak Wing Museum is an art history tour of seashores and beaches in Australia and overseas.
23 November 2020

Inaugural China Gallery show examines culture of auspiciousness

Auspicious: Motifs in Chinese Art at the China Gallery runs until November 2021.
18 November 2020

Reframing the Enlightenment

Curator Ann Stephen discusses ‘Pediment/Impediment’, Daniel Boyd's immersive new installation in the Chau Chak Wing Museum's Penelope Gallery.


Featured image (top of page): Chau Chak Wing Museum topping out ceremony, December 2019.