Sydney Art Galleries

Sydney has a fantastic collection of art galleries, festivals and events, offering you the opportunity to discover up and coming artists, admire old classics and immerse yourself in exciting contemporary exhibitions.

Sydney Art Galleries

With a prime location overlooking Sydney Harbour, The Museum of Contemporary Art is an innovative space, celebrating the work of living artists. The gallery hosts exceptional exhibitions and installations, as well as special events and education programs.

Jacarandas in bloom in Sydney. View of Circular Quay, Sydney

The Art Gallery of NSW is Sydney's most important public gallery and showcases significant works by Australian and international artists.  It has one of the world's largest permanent exhibitions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

Australia’s most extraordinary art event returns to the gallery from 9 May to 6 September 2020. The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes bring together the best portrait, landscape and subject or genre artists for one of the most highly anticipated exhibitions of the year.

People visiting the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney

The Artery Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery in Darlinghurst specialises in art from remote Aboriginal communities. The gallery works with both emerging and established artists and art centres, and offers ethical and affordable Aboriginal artworks.

Karlangu Aboriginal Art Centre in the city centre sources artwork from across Australia, with traditional and contemporary paintings, didgeridoos, potteries and other artefacts. In Bronte, Aboriginal Contemporary sells and exhibits beautiful paintings and gifts from Aboriginal artists.

In Chippendale, White Rabbit Gallery displays modern Chinese art, a short stroll from the bustling streets of Chinatown. On the banks of the Georges River you will find Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, a cultural facility offering a wide range of exhibitions, events and educational programs.

SUPERNATURAL art exhibition being showcased at White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale

Events and Festivals

The Sydney International Art Series brings outstanding exhibitions to Sydney each summer. This year will feature Japan International - revealing three centuries of folklore and fantasy in Japanese art, and a Sydney-exclusive exhibition featuring artworks from acclaimed British artist Cornelia Parker.

From March to June 2020 is the 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN. Featuring 98 artists from around the world, presented across 6 Sydney venues, the biennale is an exciting platform for art and ideas and is free to the public.

Installation view of the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

The National Indigenous Art Fair takes place during NAIDOC Week in June, at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay.  The fair features artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from around Australia, as well as a program of live music and dance performances.

Carriageworks in Redfern is the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia. With a frequently changing programme of ambitious projects, performances and exhibitions.  In September 2020 it will host Sydney Contemporary, a five day international art fair.

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