Sydney Art Galleries


Sydney has an abundance of public and private art galleries throughout the city. Head to The Rocks to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, or a range of Aboriginal art galleries, or The Domain for The Art Gallery of NSW. Not far from town you'll find a growing precinct of contemporary galleries around Redfern's Carriageworks.

  • Carriageworks, Eveleigh
  • 19th Biennale of Sydney

Sydney art exhibitions

Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks

Draw inspiration from Sydney's art scene with a moveable feast for the senses that features vibrant new talent and old favourites in galleries dotted around the city. Public galleries such as the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and the Art Gallery of NSW feature a continually changing program of Australian and international exhibitions year-round. 

Sydney has a diverse range of private galleries - Tim Olsen Gallery in Woollahra, S.H. Ervin Gallery at Observatory Hill and the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Paddington - which provide a more intimate look at local and international artists' works.

Inner-city neighbourhoods that continue to establish themselves as emerging arts precincts include NewtownRedfern-Waterloo and Chippendale. Home to up-and-coming artists and designers, it's where you'll also find weekend markets and pop-up exhibitions. A few galleries not to miss are ArtHere Gallery, MCLEMOI Gallery, White Rabbit Gallery and NG Art Gallery.

The redeveloped rail-yards known as Carriageworks reside at the forefront, housing one of Australia's most significant multimedia and multi-platform performance spaces. Repurposed around a 19th century façade of carriage-yards and blacksmith workshops, this large area is now known for showcasing compelling, challenging and socially aware exhibits and shows.

Redfern and Waterloo are also populated by a series of independent galleries. There’s Janet Clayton Gallery, which shows challenging works from emerging and established artists. Ambush Gallery, both commercial and philanthropic in character, is a progressive gallery specialising in contemporary Australian art, and at Utopia you can see unique works from Indigenous and non-indigenous Australian artists.

Further afield, the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery showcases local and international talent, with regular curator talks, children's workshops and guided tours.

Gallery and Museum Dining

Chiswick at the Gallery

Sydney’s Museums and Galleries offer culture not only in their exhibits, but also on the plate.

The gang from Woollahra powerhouse Chiswick has great success transplanting the magic to the Art Gallery of NSW. Get your fill of Whiteley, Nolan, Boyd, Gascoigne and Heysen, and then double down with Chiswick signatures such as snow‐crab sliders, steak tartare and hand‐cut chips. And after catching up on the kids’ favourite dinosaurs at the Australian Museum, enjoy a lunch box together in the Rooftop Café, overlooking Hyde Park and St Mary’s Cathedral.

The Governor’s Table is also among the newer players, and complements a visit to the Museum of Sydney with finger‐lickin’ eats (crisp, golden chicken with bread sauce and crimson grapes or barbecued lamb ribs with spicy salt) on the terrace.

While The Mint is the oldest building in the CBD, it has one of the newer culinary attractions, in the form of Bistro Mint. Dine alfresco on a classic Reuben sandwich with Russian dressing, or the grilled fish with scallop, baby squid, chilli, garlic and olives.

  1. Wentworth Gallery Martin Place

    Wentworth Gallery Martin Place

    Wentworth Galleries have opened a new art gallery at Number 1 Martin Place showcasing works by many of Australia's most talented artists. Visit the gallery to see paintings by top artists in the...

  2. The Gallery Shop Potts Point

    The Gallery Shop Potts Point

    The Gallery Potts Point is an exciting new exhibition space in the heart of hip and vibrant Potts Point. They are showing a range of beautiful works by emerging and collectible Indigenous artists...

  3. Madame Tussauds Sydney

    Madame Tussauds Sydney

    Experience the glittering world of fame and Aussie 'legends' for a day at Madame Tussauds Sydney. You can take a call in the oval office desk next to Barack Obama and pose in the Royals family...

  4. 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...

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