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Seven Sisters Dreaming by Justina Napaljarri | Courtesy of Spirit Gallery
Seven Sisters Dreaming by Justina Napaljarri | Courtesy of Spirit Gallery

8 Must-Visit Aboriginal Art Galleries In Sydney

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Updated: 13 April 2017
Within Australia lies one of the oldest continuous cultures in the world, where art is seen as the ‘lifeblood of our communities’, a way to connect us with our past, the present, and the future. Whether you are looking at admiring the remarkable artwork from the Australian Aboriginal communities, learning about the stories and spirits behind the paintings, or looking for something new to bring good spirits to your home, you cannot miss a trip to these galleries.

Tali Gallery

Assisting in the strengthening and improvement of wellbeing across the Aboriginal communities, Tali Gallery sources a remarkable range of artworks from paintings to prints, artefacts, crafts and gifts. Displaying the artworks ‘sourced directly from Aboriginal Owned Community Art Centres and Independent Urban and Regional Artists’ across the country, this gallery communicates to visitors the remarkable nature of the Australian Indigenous culture and, in doing so, have won many awards. Not only do they support artists like Edna Dale, Dorothy Wiritjwirritj, Bugai Whyoulter and Hilda Nakamarra Rogers, but they also host exhibitions within the gallery and abroad from City of Sydney Libraries to NAIDOC Week events.

Tuesday to Friday 11AM-6PM, Saturday 10.30AM-4PM

Tali Gallery, 134 Victoria Rd, Rozelle NSW, Australia, +61 2 9555 6555

Edna Dale, limited edition fine art print - Wandjina - from the Kimberley | Courtesy of Tali Gallery

Edna Dale, limited edition fine art print – Wandjina – from the Kimberley | Courtesy of Tali Gallery

Aboriginal Art Galleries

Involved in the Indigenous Art Industry for over 25 years, Aboriginal Art Galleries exhibits the works of emerging artists alongside both nationally and internationally renowned artists across the nation and world. With two family-run galleries located in Sydney’s Opera Quays and the Queen Victoria Building, they both promote the beautiful works by artists including Anna Petyarre, Elsie Napanangka Granites, Freddy Purla and Yinarupa Nangala. Not only do they support the works from Aboriginal Community Art Centres, but the paintings, artefacts, didgeridoos – and more – are also sourced from ethical private art dealers and independent artists.

Mulitple Locations, Sydney NSW, Australia

 

Spirit Gallery

Originally established as a small Aboriginal art and crafts store in 2002, Spirit Gallery has become well known for their authentic, yet affordable, artworks that suit everyone’s tastes. Supporting artists like Anthony Walker, Justina Napaljarri, Mitjili Napurrula and Walala Tjapltjarri, this gallery represents both traditional and contemporary Aboriginal artists, alongside the traditional carvings, boomerangs, ceramics, bark paintings and glassware basket weaving created in their community’s art centres. With an emphasis on instrument-quality didgeridoos, this gallery has further become a local hub for players, showcasing the country’s top didgeridoo makers. A trip to this gallery will lift your spirits in no time!

Monday to Sunday 9.30AM-6PM

Spirit Gallery, Shop 8, The Rocks Centre Argyle St, Sydney NSW, Australia, +61 2 9247 5961

Turtle Song Cycle (With Turtle) by Anthony Walker | Courtesy of Spirit Gallery

Turtle Song Cycle (With Turtle) by Anthony Walker | Courtesy of Spirit Gallery

Argyle Gallery

Located in a Victorian workingmen’s terrace, Argyle Gallery sources their art and fine crafts directly from artists and Aboriginal communities. Established in 2000, the artworks on display feature Australian artists like Julian Fisher and Vivien Tanner, plus the gallery has a large emphasis on supporting the Aboriginal communities. Home to Aboriginal paintings by Sean Bundjalung, Beven Tjampitjimpa and Lilly Kelly, you will discover some of the country’s most talented artists in this gallery.

Monday to Sunday 10AM-5.30PM

Argyle Gallery, 21 Playfair St, The Rocks, Sydney NSW, Australia, +61 2 9247 4427

 

Karlangu Aboriginal Art Centre

Boasting a fantastic collection of Aboriginal Art from across Australia in the heart of Sydney, this gallery encourages your mind to wander. Whether you want to explore the depths of the story within an artwork or discover art that provides you with a sense of peacefulness, Karlangu Aboriginal Art Centre doesn’t want you to see the artworks – by artists such as Jeannie Petyarre, Walangkurra Napanangka and Thomas Tjapaltjarri – as just another drawing on paper.

Monday to Friday 9.30AM-7PM, Saturday & Sunday 10AM-6PM

Karlangu Aboriginal Art Centre, 47 York St, Sydney NSW, Australia, +61 2 9279 2700

Photo of a painting of Uluru, by the famous Aboriginal artist, Danny Eastwood | Courtesy of Karlangu Aboriginal Art Centre

Photo of a painting of Uluru, by the famous Aboriginal artist, Danny Eastwood | Courtesy of Karlangu Aboriginal Art Centre

Cooee Art Gallery

Australia’s oldest Aboriginal fine art gallery, Cooee Art Gallery was established in 1981, presenting the finest Australian Aboriginal and Indigenous art in exhibitions and art events. From important bark paintings and sculptures to traditional artefacts and early desert boards, the artists represented at this gallery have also journeyed internationally. With an extensive stockroom featuring over 3,000 works of art, a visit to this gallery will introduce you to the works of Kathleen Petyarre, Rosella Namok and Jimmy Machirri Pascoe, to name a few.

Tuesday to Saturday 10AM-5PM

Cooee Art Gallery, 31 Lamrock Ave, Bondi Beach NSW, Australia, +61 2 9300 9233

326 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW, Australia +61 2 8057 6789

Kitty Simon Painting at the gallery | Courtesy of Cooee Art Gallery

Kitty Simon Painting at the gallery | Courtesy of Cooee Art Gallery

 

Art Gallery of NSW

One of the largest public galleries in Australia, and the most important in Sydney, the Art Gallery of NSW celebrates the artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Within the gallery lies a collection of works by Tommy McRae that dates back to the late 19th century, standing as a testament to this remarkable culture. The collection at the gallery range from the desert paintings made in the remote Western Desert outstations to bark paintings in the coastal communities, alongside the emotional expressions of new media’s ‘blak city culture’. Supporting the works of Binyinyuwuy, Philip Gudthaykudthay, Mawalan Marika and many others, be sure not to skip this collection when visiting.

Thursday to Tuesday 10AM-5PM, Wednesday 10AM-10PM

Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW, Australia, +61 2 9225 1700

Tommy McRae: Spearing the kangaroo (c1880s-c1890s), pen and brown ink on buff paper | Courtesy of Art Gallery of New South Wales

Tommy McRae: Spearing the kangaroo (c1880s-c1890s), pen and brown ink on buff paper | Courtesy of Art Gallery of New South Wales

Kate Owen Gallery

Specialising in contemporary Indigenous art suitable for modern interiors, Kate Owen Gallery features three light-filled floors brimming with art. Created by Cornwall-born Kate Owen, her love for art – and, in particular, Indigenous artworks – led to the opening of this award-winning gallery. Located in Sydney’s Inner West, this gallery showcases emerging talents, established artists and, of course, the masters from Abie Loy Kemarre and Clifford Possum to Lionel Possum Tjungurrayi and Ruth Nungarrayi Spencer within the gallery and abroad.

Monday to Sunday 10AM-6PM

Kate Owen Gallery, 680 Darling St, Rozelle NSW, Australia, +61 2 9555 5283