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Art galleries in Sydney

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, the Ken Done Gallery, commercial Aboriginal art galleries and the S.H.Ervin Gallery at Observatory Hill.

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Sydney art exhibitions

Museum of Contemporary Art

Draw inspiration from Sydney's art scene with a moveable feast 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. This summer, the two galleries join forces to present two inspired collections exclusive to Sydney during the Sydney International Art Series. One of America’s best-loved visual artists, Chuck Close, who is famed for his large-scale photo-based portrait paintings, will be exhibiting at the MCA. Pop to Popism fills an entire floor of the Art Gallery of NSW with more than 200 works on display by 70 artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Brett Whiteley and more.

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 Newtown, Redfern-Eveleigh, Chippendale and Waterloo. 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.

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

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