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Top Art Galleries In Sydney, Australia
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Top Art Galleries In Sydney, Australia

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Updated: 27 October 2016
Those who want to explore the art scene in Sydney don’t have to wander too far; institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art sit proudly by the water in Circular Quay, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is perched at the top of the city’s Botanical Gardens. For those who want to explore off the beaten track and find some hidden gems off the main streets, see these top galleries.

Artereal Gallery

Set in the funky streets of Rozelle, surrounded by lively cafés and bars of Darling Street, Artereal Gallery is a unique space that celebrates the experimental work of international and national, emerging and established artists that work across a range of formats. The diversity of Artereal’s exhibition schedule means there are always new trends and movements in contemporary art on display to inspire and intrigue viewers. Although the gallery has a sleek and minimalist interior, Artereal Gallery sits within an 1890s historic fire station, and you can’t miss the beautiful building from the street.

747 Darling Street, Rozelle, Sydney, Australia (02) 9818 7473

Hyan Hee Lee installation view | © Artereal Gallery
Hyan Hee Lee installation view | © Artereal Gallery

Sarah Cottier Gallery

The leafy suburb of Paddington is a must-see for anyone looking to experience Sydney life off the main street. Paddington is home to some of Sydney’s biggest leading commercial galleries and it is easy to spend an entire day in this part of town hopping between gallery spaces with brief coffee stops in between. If you make the trip to this cultural pocket, a visit to Sarah Cottier Gallery will undoubtedly impress and inspire you. This space exhibits a stellar range of contemporary art and installations that engage audiences and deliver works in innovative ways.

23 Roylston Street, Paddington, Sydney, Ausrtalia (02) 9356 3305

Turn the night to day | © Brendan van Hek
Turn the night to day | © Brendan van Hek

Carlton Projects

Based under the thriving precinct of Central Park, (a large vine-covered building nearby Central Station with apartments, dining, retail, entertainment) Carlton Projects is constantly evolving, much like the fast-paced environment it sits within. Also close to the Chippendale Art Precinct, this space displays a vast range of emerging contemporary artists in an incredibly versatile space. Think light installations that play with shadow, glass sculptures, and geometric works with paper, all displayed in a white cube space.

8 Central Park Avenue, Chippendale, Sydney, Australia

Wellington Street Projects

Take a stroll down the frangipani-lined Wellington Street to find yourself at this great artist run initiative. Each project hosted at Wellington Street is different from the last, and their entire exhibition schedule is based around the relationship between artists, audiences, and community. These guys keep their finger on the pulse, and exhibitions are always fresh. Make sure you check online before going to make sure an exhibition is on display, as being an artist run space the schedule can be sporadic, but well worth a visit if your time allows.

19-25 Wellington Street, Chippendale, Sydney, Australia

Chris Dolmans, 'Empty Vessels' | © Wellington Street Projects
Chris Dolmans, ‘Empty Vessels’ | © Wellington Street Projects

S.H. Ervin Gallery

Observatory Hill is a unique location. Based next to the Harbour Bridge, it has the thriving cosmopolitan life of the Rocks at its feet and yet in itself is a quiet refuge from another time, overlooking stunning views of the city, with fig tree-lined paths and sandstone walkways. S.H. Ervin Gallery exhibits a high range of contemporary and historical Australian art that makes for a diverse exhibition calendar which caters to all tastes. Exhibitions include well established high profile artists as well as emerging graduates working across painting, sculpture, and photography. Based in the historical site of Fort Street Girls School, the gallery also boasts a retail art shop and café to while away the afternoon in.

2 Watson Road, Observatory Hill (02) 9258 0173

Wendy Sharpe installation view | © S.H. Ervin Gallery
Wendy Sharpe installation view | © S.H. Ervin Gallery