Australian Dreams: Picturing our Built World

Australian Dreams: Picturing our Built World

For over 200 years, painters, printmakers and photographers have been in a creative conversation with the built environment.

Reflecting progress, social ideas, understanding of the world and how we have changed over time, the exhibition Australian Dreams: Picturing our Built World shows how, through images, these artists have documented, interpreted, and celebrated a variety of buildings from the Opera House and Flinders Street Station to the inner city terrace and the humble bush cottage.

Drawing exclusively from the collections of the National Library, the exhibition features photographs, prints, drawings and paintings by Augustus Earle, Conrad Martens, S T Gill, Eugene von Guérard, Lionel Lindsay, Harold Cazneaux, Olive Cotton, Mark Strizic, David Moore, Max Dupain, Jeff Carter, Ruth Maddison, Wolfgang Sievers and John Gollings.
  • Young girl walking down street in 1910
    Harold Cazneaux, Going home, North Sydney, New South Wales, 1910 (detail),



4 Aug 2020 - 31 Jan 2021

Next occurrence: 20 Sep 2020




Australian Dreams: Picturing our Built World

National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia




Conference/Function Facilities

Family Friendly

Non Smoking Establishment

Parents Room