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. 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...

  2. Stills Gallery

    Stills is a leading Australian gallery with a focus on contemporary photography and multimedia art. The gallery, established in 1991, is housed in a converted warehouse with a large exhibition and printroom space in...

  3. Defiance Gallery

    A home to innovative newcomers and prominent Australian and international artists' works, Defiance Gallery showcases top contemporary paintings, works on paper and is one of the leading sculpture galleries in Sydney....

  4. 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...

  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. SH Ervin Gallery

    The National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery is a major public art gallery that presents an exciting program of changing exhibitions. The program is designed to explore the richness and diversity of Australian art, both...

  7. 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...

  8. Japan Foundation Gallery

    The Japan Foundation Gallery is dedicated to connecting audiences in Australia to Japanese culture through the arts. Showcasing art works by Japanese and Australian artists alike, exhibitions range from traditional to...

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