The two-day symposium celebrated the pioneering work of the University of Sydney Power Institute’s inaugural director and founding Professor of Contemporary Art, Bernard Smith (1916-2011), a radical intellectual, writer and passionate defender of Indigenous Art who left an indelible influence on Australian cultural life. During his time at the Power Institute from 1967 until 1977, Smith secured more than 60 European artworks for the University Art Gallery and Power collection.

The Symposium brought together an international field of scholars from art history, anthropology, history and literature, as well as curators and writers, to discuss all aspects of Bernard Smith’s wide-ranging work and explore and assess its impact and legacy.

More symposium papers are available in the Power Publication ‘The Legacies of Bernard Smith: Essays on Australian Art, History and Cultural Politics’, edited by Jaynie Anderson, Christopher R. Marshall and Andrew Yip.