Discover Art in Sydney
Sydney is the home of many artists, art galleries and art museums. It is a major centre for art exhibition, production and distribution in Australia. Some of the best-known galleries in Sydney include:
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Located in The Domain close to Sydney’s CBD, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is one of the most important art galleries in Australia. It was opened in 1874 and is home to Australian art from colonial times to the present, as well as art from Europe and Asia. Along with its own collection, the gallery regularly hosts major art exhibitions from around the world for public enjoyment. The Art Gallery of New South Wales is also the home of the Archibald prize, Australia’s most important art prize for portraiture and well as the Sulman, Wynne and Dobel prizes.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
The Museum of Contemporary Art was opened in 1991 and is located in Sydney’s historic Rocks precinct. The MCA was redeveloped in 2010 and fully reopened in 2012. It is the home of contemporary art from Australia and around the world. During the annual Vivid Festival, the facade of the gallery itself becomes a canvas for one of the many light installations.
The Artspace Sydney Visual Arts Centre began in 1983 as a centre for exhibitions, artist residencies, talks and workshops. It moved in 1992 to its current location in the historic Gunnery Building in Wolloomooloo, near the navy docks and Harry’s Cafe De Wheels. Independently run, Artspace is a not-for-profit supporting the development and exhibition of art in Australia.
2 Danks Street
Located in the eponymously named location in Waterloo, 2 Danks Street is a former warehouse converted into gallery space housing temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.
Campbelltown Arts Centre
The Cambelltown Arts Centre was opened in 2005 and is an important gallery space and cultural venue for the local area of South West Sydney. As well as providing exhibition space, the Campbelltown Arts Centre hosts workshops, a performance studio, a residency apartment, an amphitheatre and Japanese Garden.
The Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is run by the Liverpool Council in a former electricity plant in Casula in Sydney’s South West. The centre has six galleries which host exhibitions, as well as a 321-seat theatre and two artist studios.
Brett Whiteley Studio
Located in Surry Hills, the Brett Whiteley Studio is the artist’s former residence that has now been converted into a gallery that features Whiteley’s art and practise.
White Rabbit Gallery
The White Rabbit Gallery located in Chippendale features privately owned collections of 21 century Chinese art. Since opening in 2009, it is the home of contemporary Chinese art in Sydney.
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
The Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is a commercial gallery located in Paddington in Sydney’s inner east. The gallery features the work of many contemporary Australian and international artists.
SH Ervin Gallery
The SH Ervin Gallery is located in the National Trust Centre on Observatory Hill in The Rocks. The gallery is a leading centre promoting research in Australian art both historical and contemporary.
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