Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series

02 Mar - 26 May 2019
Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series

Image: Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly 1946; from the Ned Kelly series 1946–47; enamel paint on composition board; National Gallery of Australia; Canberra, Gift of Sunday Reed 1977.

Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly Series 

For the first time in 15 years, the National Gallery of Australia’s collection of Sidney Nolan’s ‘Ned Kelly’ paintings is touring Australia in its entirety. The national tour, features Geelong Gallery as the exclusive Victorian venue and gives Australians across the country the chance to experience some of the most famous and poignant masterpieces of 20th-century Australian art.

While the Kelly paintings have been exhibited internationally at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, they have rarely visited the far corners of Australia.
From 1946–47, Nolan developed an original and starkly simplified image of Ned Kelly, which quickly became a national symbol—part of the shared iconography of Australia. The NGA acquired its first Ned Kelly work from the series in 1972, Death of Sergeant Kennedy at Stringybark Creek 1946. In 1977, Sunday Reed donated to the NGA 25 of the 27 paintings from Nolan’s first exhibited Kelly series. Together, these 26 paintings provide a masterclass on Australian art history and the development of a new figuration and landscape painting in Australian art.

V/Line Special Offer 

VLine passengers receive a 20% discount for online purchases only – use promotional code VLINEGEELONG when booking online.


Opening hours
Geelong Gallery is open 10am—5pm, 7 days a week (excluding Good Friday, Friday 19 April).
Little Malop Street, Geelong, Victoria, 3220
Admission price

Adult: $11.00
Concession: $9.00
Child: $6.00
Members: $8.00
Family (2 adults and 2 children): $28.00
Group (over 10): $9.00

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Special offer

VLine passengers receive a 20% discount for online purchases only – use promotional code VLINEGEELONG when booking online.

Getting there

Train line
Closest station/stop

Catch a Geelong Line train to Geelong Station. It is a 5 minute (400m) walk from the station to Geelong Gallery.

Walking Directions from Geelong Station 

  1. Exit the station and walk south-east on Railway Terrace.
  2. Keep left to stay on Railway Terrace.
  3. Turn right onto Fenwick Street.
  4. Turn left onto Little Malop Street