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‘The Sydney Opera House is Ten’ poster by Martin Sharp

Made by Sharp, Martin in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1983.

This poster, designed by Sydney-based Australian artist and designer, Martin Sharp was created to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Sydney Opera House following its opening in 1973 after a long, protracted and controversial period of construction. The poster features a large number ‘10’ in front of the towering frame of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and behind the sails of Opera House itself. Alongside this iconic symbols of Australian identity, Sharp incorporates a plethora of other popular Au...


Portrait-format poster for colour screen print in shades of blue and pink on white. The poster is titled 'The Sydney Opera House is Ten' and features the number '10' above an illustration of Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and Luna Park. The harbour with sailing boats and a small man in a dingy, seagulls and the Southern Cross constellation appear in the foreground.


681 mm
510 mm


The poster was designed by Martin Sharp in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in 1983.

Sharp (b Sydney 21 January 1942) is a Sydney-based graphic artist, painter, cartoonist and filmmaker and an internationally renowned Australian Pop/psychedelic poster designer though his close association with the Pop and psychedelic art movements in London in the 1960s and the Yellow House in Sydney in the 1970s. Sharp studied at Cranbrook School under Justin O'Brien and then the National Art School. He also briefly studied architecture at the University of Sydney in 1961. He was art director and a contributor to the infamous Oz magazine between 1963 and 1966.
He then lived in London from 1966 to 1970 and again between 1971 and 1973 where he became well known for his psychedelic poster designs. In 1969, Sharp won a coverted New York Art Director's Prize for Best Album Cover design for his Cream's 'Wheels of Fire' album cover (Powerhouse Museum collection 86/1592). During the 1970s and 80s Martin Sharp created a large number of cultural sector posters including posters for the Opera House, the Nimrod Theatre, Circus Oz and various festivals. In 1998, he was the only Australian poster designer to be included in the Victoria and Albert Museum's major international poster exhibition, The Power of the Poster. There have been numerous exhibitions marking Martin Sharp's contribution to Australian art and society, including most recently 'The Everlasting World of Martin Sharp: Paintings from 1948 to today' retrospective (16 November - 23 December, 2006) at the Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.
Sharp, Martin 1983


Gift of the Performing Arts Collection of South Australia, Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, 2007
12 March, 2007

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'The Sydney Opera House is Ten' poster by Martin Sharp 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 November 2017, <>
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