Quilty is the first major survey exhibition in a decade of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Ben Quilty.
The exhibition extends from Quilty’s early reflections on the initiation rituals performed by young Australian men to his experience as an official war artist in Afghanistan and his campaign to save the lives of Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. It also includes his revisions of the Australian landscape, and raw, intimate portraits of himself, his family and his friends.
Discover more about Ben Qulity with our range of related events, listed below, including talks and tours, pop-up performances, hand-on workshops and Up Late events. There’s also daily guided tours of the exhibition at 1:00pm (from July 1).
Join us for the opening weekend, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June. Hear Ben Quilty and exhibition curator Lisa Slade in conversation. Join Lisa on a tour of the exhibition. On the Sunday, get creative in a drawing session with Bill Platz, go on a ‘slow-look’ tour of the exhibition and hear from Ben Qulity about his extraordinary relationship with Margaret Olley.
1: Portrait of Ben Quilty. Photograph: Daniel Boud.
2: Ben Quilty / Australia, born 1973 / Scream after Leonardo 2014 / Porcelain (edition of five, artist proof two) / 18.0 x 20.0 x 17.0 cm/ Collection of the artist. Courtesy the artist. / Photograph: Mim Stirling
3: Ben Quilty / Australia, born 1973 / Bedford Downs Rorschach 2008 /Oil on linen (two panels) / 214.0 x 366.0 cm (overall) / Collection of the artist. Courtesy the artist.
4: Ben Quilty /Australia, born 1973 / The Last Supper 2016 / Oil on linen / 204.0 x 267.0 cm / Private collection. Courtesy the artist.
5: Ben Quilty / Australia, born 1973 / Albert 2004 / Oil on canvas (two panels) / 135.0 x 220.0 cm (overall) / Private Collection. Courtesy the artist.