Nolan’s centenary reminds us what Australian values look like

We speak with the curators of Australia’s leading art museums about which Sidney Nolan paintings are most loved, and why.

Installation view, Elder Wing of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2014, featuring artist Sidney Nolan. Photo: Sam Noonan

In the same week that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has come under attack for championing ‘uniquely Australian values’ as part of the Citizenship test, we celebrate the centenary of one of Australia’s best loved artists – one who arguably created a vision for many of those same Aussie values.   

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina