Sydney Art Galleries

From the old masters and the great art movements to splendid colonial and indigenous art and striking contemporary works, you'll discover revered art in Sydney’s leading galleries. Check out the exciting events calendar for national and international art exhibitions in this beautiful harbour city.

Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art to celebrate the work of living artists. The gallery features the works of both international and Australian artists and includes paintings, photography, video, sculpture and installation art. The stunning rooftop cafe offers gorgeous views of Sydney Opera House.

Street view of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in The Domain, Sydney

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

Each year, the gallery hosts Australia’s most extraordinary art event, the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes. The show brings together the best portrait, landscape and subject or genre artists for one of the most highly anticipated exhibitions of the year.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Among the many Australian collection highlights are Russell Drysdale's 1945 Walls of China, John Olsen's 1963 Five Bells, Arthur Streeton's 1891 Fire's On and Frederick McCubbin's 1896 On the Wallaby Track.

A diverse range of splendid independent galleries worth visiting include the Olsen Irwin Gallery in Woollahra, the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Paddington and the White Rabbit Gallery, which displays modern Chinese art in Chippendale, a stroll from the bustling streets of Chinatown.

In Redfern is Carriageworks, 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. 

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