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
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.
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
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
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
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
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