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Arts and culture in Surry Hills

Rich in arts and culture, Surry Hills is a thriving hub of offbeat galleries and ethical design studios – while also being home to theatres, the famous Brett Whiteley Studio and long-running Actors Centre. The Surry Hills monthly market also promises a great day out.

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Acting, art and design

Rich in arts and culture, Surry Hills is a thrivign hub of off-beat galleries and ethical design studios as well as theatres, the famous Brett Whiteley Studio and long-running Actors Centre.

Down an unassuming side street, you'll find the studio of tha celebrated expressionist artist, Brett Whiteley, who lived and worked in an old, converted Surry Hills T-shirt factory from 1988-1992. Now a free museum, the studio exhibits a selection of Whiteley's sketchbooks, photos, music collection and personal memorabilia.

Aboriginal art lovers will find a great collection at the Ann Snell Gallery on Albion Street, while intimate urban gallery, Friends of Leon on Malborough Street, features an intriguing mix of pop imagery genres. Collections are ever-evolving at Bourke Street's striking, light-flooded Object Gallery;for contemporary art, don't miss the Ray Hughes Gallery on Devonshire Street.

Love performing arts? The historic Belvoir Theatre is well-known for its challenging program with the likes of Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett, David Wenham and Judy Davis all having performed here. Budding thespians should head to the Actor's Centre on Devonshire Street, which offers full and part-time acting courses as well as workshops and drop-in classes.

Bargain hunters also flock to the Surry Hills Markets on the first Saturday of the month, where you can go in with $20 and come out with anything from a vintage dress, pre-loved leather bag, pile of second-hand books or a 70s fondue set.

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