Australiana: Designing a Nation

Australiana: Designing a Nation


Ken with Sydney Sunday, 1982. Photo by Leon Scoots.

May 2023


Ken has original works, as well as pieces from his design archive, on show as part of a major new exhibition Australiana: Designing a Nation at Bendigo Art Gallery.

In partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria, the exhibition showcases works by over 200 artists and designers, including many Australian masterpieces.

Alongside Ken's work are pieces from Romance was Born (it really is a match made in heaven), Vincent Namatjira and a delicious-sounding commission by Kenny Pittock called 100 Australian Ice-Creams.

<p>Bendigo opening day and Ken with artist Kenny Pittock, Photos by Leon Schoots.</p>

Bendigo opening day and Ken with artist Kenny Pittock, Photos by Leon Schoots.

One of the key pieces of the exhibition is Ken's iconic work Sydney Sunday, 1982. This large scale work was originally painted for Olivia Newton John and after spending many years in the US, all of us at the gallery are thrilled that it has returned to Australia and been acquired by Bendigo Art gallery to become part of their permanent collection. 

You can also watch a preview of the exhibition including Ken's work here, along with several other highlights from the exhibition including Max Dupain's Sunbaker and Tom Roberts' Shearing the rams.

We have just released a limited edition print of Sydney Sunday to celebrate and you can order it online here with free shipping worldwide.


<p><em>Sydney Sunday</em>, 1982 Limited edition print from $295</p>

Sydney Sunday, 1982 Limited edition print from $295

Ken joined ABC Central Victoria's Breakfast Presenter Fiona Parker at the gallery for a chat, and you can listen here.

Australiana the exhibition is in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria and runs until 25 June.

"Doona covers, T-shirts, key rings, puzzles: it seems everyone had something Ken Done-related back in the '80s... And now, Ken Done is cool again."

Fiona Parker