Don’t miss Sydney’s top 5 arts and culture events this summer

4 November 2015

Whether you’re a culture vulture or just looking to see something exciting and new, this summer is one of the best times to be in Sydney. There are fantastic shows and exhibitions on, so if you’re keen on history, want to see exclusive art exhibitions, or are a fashion maven or a music connoisseur, here are the 5 must-see arts and culture events taking place in Sydney this summer.

The Sydney International Art Series, the MCA and Art Gallery of NSW, 21 October 2015 – 1 May 2016

Grayson Perry, The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal, 2012

Grayson Perry, The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal, 2012


See legendary works from the likes of Botticelli, Rembrandt and Monet at The Greats, Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland on show at the Art Gallery of NSW from October 24 to February 14, 2016. Spanning a period of more than 400 years, this is your chance to see some phenomenal works.

Meanwhile at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), be enthralled by the mesmerising Grayson Perry – My Pretty Little Art Career. This major exhibition of works by the acclaimed British contemporary artist runs from December 10 to May 1, featuring everything from ceramics to works in iron and bronze.

You can also purchase an Art Pass, which gives you access to both exhibitions for just $33.

Collette Dinnigan – Unlaced, The Powerhouse Museum, until 28 August 2016

Collette Dinnigan Unlaced

Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced


‘Collette Dinnigan – Unlaced’ explores the inspiring work of the internationally-acclaimed Australian based fashion designer, known for her signature lace and feminine designs. This exhibition, which is exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum, features ensembles, accessories and archival material.

Admire the creativity and hard work that earned Dinnigan her iconic status in the fashion world, with some of her rarest and most intricate pieces on show. Ticket price includes general admission to the Powerhouse Museum.

Trailblazers: Australia’s 50 Greatest ExplorersThe Australian Museum, 28 November 2015 – 18 July 2016

Trailblazers- Tim Jarvis, Shakelton Epic expedition

Trailblazers- Tim Jarvis, Shakelton Epic expedition


Trailblazers: Australia’s 50 Greatest Explorers tells the incredible stories of pioneers who pushed beyond boundaries and changed the world. This immersive and interactive exhibition, held at the Australian Museum, will take you on a journey where you will discover what it’s really like to be an adventurer against the odds.

Get up close and personal with 50 inspirational figures, whose bravery, curiosity and determination continues to inspire. Featuring over 360 objects, including some of Captain Cook’s belongings, the exhibition brings some of Australia’s most incredible journeys to life.

The Art of the Brick: DC Comics, The Powerhouse Museum, 21 November 2015 – 1 May 2016

The Art of the Brick: DC Comics

The Art of the Brick: DC Comics


Head to the Powerhouse Museum for the world premiere of renowned New York LEGO brick artist Nathan Sawaya’s latest exhibition.  The Art of the Brick: DC Comics is proving one of the most successful LEGO brick exhibition series of all time.

This latest LEGO spectacle focuses on the immortal themes of transformation and reinvention, strength and weakness and good versus evil – and most importantly features legendary DC Comics’ heroes and villains such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Joker.

Sydney Festival, 7 – 26 January

Sydney Festival 2015, Image Credit: Jamie Williams

Sydney Festival, 2015.


It wouldn’t be a Sydney summer without it. One of the most exciting events on Sydney’s art and culture calendar is the Sydney Festival. Bringing the new year to life each January, with theatre, dance, and music spectacles in the vibrant hub of Hyde Park, this year will not fail to inspire – and there are some great ways to celebrate the festival’s 40th year.

On January 9 much-loved pop-rock outfit The Flaming Lips will headline Summer Sounds in the Domain, a massive free gig in The Domain. On January 15  witness the power of  experimental music trio, The Dirty Three.  Or drop by on January 16, to immerse yourself in Symphony in the Domain, a free concert set under the stars. On January 16 there will also be a screening of the film ‘Birdman’, featuring a live jazz score.

Amongst many other events, you can also simply eat, drink and be merry with some of Sydney’s best-loved food and drink purveyors at a range of markets and stalls.


There’s plenty to see and do in Sydney this Summer!