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.

  • Auguste Rodin, The kiss, 1901-1904 Image © Tate, London 2016
  • 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.

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.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

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. 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...

  2. Kerrie Lowe Gallery

    From household wares to intricate clay figures, Kerrie Lowe Gallery features an array of ceramic pieces. The gallery focuses on contemporary ceramics, but also features a variety of paintings, prints, jewellery and...

  3. Ann Snell Gallery

    The Ann Snell Gallery opened in 2003. It began humbly with Ann borrowing money to purchase her first collection but Ann's passion and keen eye for art, soon paid off with her first show selling out. 2012 saw the...

  4. 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...

  5. MOP

    A 10-year-old artist-run initiative, and one of the first of its kind in the city, MOP features predominately young and emerging artists as well as established and mid-career artists who resist commercial...

  6. Armory Gallery

    Part of the Newington Armory site, the Armory Gallery is housed in Building 18, near the Parramatta River, and is one of the largest armament storehouses constructed prior to World War Two. It now houses a flexible...

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