Aboriginal Art in Sydney

Discover an eclectic range of Aboriginal art in Sydney, with galleries displaying the works of indigenous artists from across Australia. See traditional rock art in Sydney’s national parks and take part in classes and workshops with local Aboriginal artists. 

Enjoy one of Australia’s largest public collections of Aboriginal art at the Art Gallery of NSW. The beautiful works are wonderful insights into Aboriginal culture, from Dreaming stories to contemporary themes.

People visiting the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney

You can buy authentic Aboriginal arts and crafts at recognised private galleries and indigenous cultural centres, such as Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre in Blacktown. Indigenous artist co-operative Boomalli holds exhibitions in its gallery in Leichhardt.

In Centennial Park you can take part in an Aboriginal Art Class and learn contemporary Aboriginal art techniques and culture from a respected artist. Or take part in workshops at the National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair, which takes place each Winter.

Badu Gili on the sails of the Sydney Opera House

Head to Sydney Opera House at sunset for Badu Gili, a spectacular seven-minute projection on an eastern-side sail. Badu Gili means ‘water light’ in the local Cadigal language and the projection is the work of a collection of Aboriginal artists exploring ancient First Nations stories.

Some of the oldest forms of Aboriginal art are engravings and paintings in rock shelters, in caves and on bark. In Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, in Sydney’s north, are the Red Hands Cave paintings and rock engravings. Other sites for rock engravings include the Royal National Park in Sydney’s south.

Aboriginal Art in Sydney