Sydney Art Galleries

Highlights

The Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia host exhibitions and events by leading Australian and international artists. Both galleries are popular attractions with important permanent collections, and offer beautiful vistas of Sydney from their cafes and restaurants.

  • Pipilotti Rist - Sip My Ocean
  • Yirbana Gallery, Sydney

Admire sublime art in Sydney

From the old masters and the great art movements to splendid colonial and indigenous art and striking contemporary works, you'll discover revered art in Sydney’s leading galleries. Check out the exciting events calendar for national and international art exhibitions in this beautiful harbour city.

The Art Gallery of NSW is Sydney's most important public gallery and showcases significant works of Australian artists and one of the world's largest permanent exhibitions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Admission is free to the gallery in the Domain, near the Royal Botanic Garden.

See some of the world's most outstanding exhibitions as the Sydney International Art Series this summer. Experience Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum at the Art Gallery of NSW. See immersive, kaleidoscopic installations at Pipilotti Rist: Sip My Ocean for a thrilling experience at the MCA.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Enjoy rolling exhibitions, from international shows to the Archibald Prize for portraiture. Among the many Australian collection highlights are Russell Drysdale's 1945 Walls of China, John Olsen's 1963 Five Bells, Arthur Streeton's 1891 Fire's on and Frederick McCubbin's 1896 On the Wallaby Track.

The gallery's elegant restaurant and cafe have vistas of Sydney Harbour and the heritage Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo. From the gallery, stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden to the Sydney Opera House and then to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), which is in The Rocks.

The MCA, which has a rooftop cafe with gorgeous views of the Sydney Opera House, has an emphasis on living artists and includes paintings, photography, video, sculpture and installation art. Walk to nearby Observatory Hill for the S.H. Erwin Gallery in the historic National Trust Centre.

A diverse range of splendid independent galleries worth visiting include the Olsen Irwin Gallery in Woollahra, the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Paddington and the White Rabbit Gallery, which displays modern Chinese art in Chippendale, a stroll from the bustling streets of Chinatown.

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  1. Ambush Gallery

    aMBUSH Gallery has an influence on the creative and cultural development of the city that extends beyond the four walls of its Waterloo exhibition space. Instigating and collaborating on both philanthropic and...

  2. Purple Noon Gallery

    Purple Noon Gallery is set in the Hawkesbury region at the foot of the blue mountains. The gallery opened in November 2006 and has steadily developed into one of the finest galleries in regional New South Wales and...

  3. White Rabbit Gallery

    A short walk from Central Station, the White Rabbit Gallery presents four floors of vibrantly, original, though-provoking art. The work of at least 35 artists is on show at any one time including painting, photography...

  4. Joel Coleman Gallery

    Joel Coleman has built his life and reputation on the art of capturing moments of exquisite beauty and timeless emotion in the world around him. His award-winning photography has taken him across oceans and...

  5. Campbelltown Arts Centre

    The Campbelltown Arts Centre, a flagship cultural venue for Greater Sydney, includes gallery spaces, workshops, a performance studio, large outdoor amphitheatre and of course the well known Arts Centre Café...

  6. Carriageworks

    Carriageworks is the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia. Carriageworks engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues. The program is artist led and...

  7. Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery

    Coo-ee is Australia's oldest continuing Aboriginal art gallery and has been actively promoting Indigenous Art throughout Australia and overseas since 1981.They have two locations, one at 31 Lamrock Avenue...

  8. Dominik Mersch Gallery

    Dominik Mersch Gallery focuses on exhibiting significant artists from Europe, Asia and emerging, mid-career and senior Australian artists. In addition to hosting exhibitions, the gallery programme...

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