Must-see art in December
The summer blockbusters have landed – and range from 19th century nudes to post-millennial LED installations.
Where to see art at night
Everyone knows that it’s after hours that Sydney’s art galleries really get down to business.
The best art galleries in Sydney
Sydney is busting at the seams with great art – from major institutions to incredible privately-owned galleries.
The best ARIs in Sydney
If you're after emerging and experimental art, the best place to look is the independent spaces run by artists themselves.
Your guide to contemporary, fine and Indigenous art in Sydney
The best places to see art in Sydney
Sydney is busting at the seams with great art – from major institutions like the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art, to incredible privately-owned but publically accessible (and free!) galleries like White Rabbit and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, and right down to a thriving scene of independent and artist-run initiatives. Below are some of our favourites.
The best ARIs in Sydney
If you're after emerging and experimental art, here are ten key artist-run initiatives (ARIs) to get you started.
Cutting edge commercial galleries
You don't have to be a buyer to browse these top commercial art galleries in Sydney.
Where to see Aboriginal art
Whether you're visiting from overseas or a curious local looking to get beyond the basics, here's where to start.
Upcoming events and exhibitions
Scent of Sydney
Sydney artist Cat Jones curates an olfactory portrait of our city at Carriageworks, as part of Sydney Festival.
Another Day in Paradise
Archibald Prize-winner Ben Quilty curates an exhibition of portraits by the late Myuran Sukumaran, painted during his time in Bali's Kerobokan prison.
Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art
This survey of 17th century Dutch masters will feature the work of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Ruisdael, Hals, Steen, Dou, Lievens and Leyster.
News and interviews
Tatsuo Miyajima: the guide
We've got the who, what and why-to-get-excited about MCA's summer blockbuster.
'Culture Night' is going to transform Wednesday nights
From January 2017, and throughout summer, Sydney's major arts and culture institutions will stay open late on Wednesday nights. This week, Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant announced the new 'Wednesday Night Culture Night' initiative, which is one of the early suggestions coming out of the freshly formed Arts & Culture Advisory Committee. Another suggestion they're hoping to implement is a all-in-one pass to Sydney's key cultural institutions. At this point, institutions taking part in the Wednesday Night Culture Night are the Museum of Contemporary Art (who stay open til 9pm on Thursdays for Lights On Later, but will switch to Wednesday nights for summer), the Art Gallery of NSW (who are already doing Art After Hours on Wednesdays, all year round), the Australian Museum, and the State Library of NSW. But Grant says "This is just the start. We hope more cultural organisations and events get behind Wednesday Night Culture Night." So who and what is this Arts & Culture Advisory Committee? Announced on Sunday October 23, the group currently includes the chairs of the State cultural institutions, as well as "influential figures from across the arts and cultural sector" – including theatre-maker and Sydney Festival artistic director Wesley Enoch, filmmaker and social entrepreneur Genevieve Clay-Smith, John Kaldor (of Kaldor Public Art Projects), ARIA CEO Dan Rosen, and Campbelltown Arts Centre director Michael Dagostino. Announced on Sunday October 23, the gr
Art Gallery of New South Wales 2017 season
By now you know that the Art Gallery of New South Wales are stripping off for summer and welcoming a host of nudes. And they’re staying sexy in 2017, with highlights from their just-announced program including a Mapplethorpe exhibition, a pre-Pop Warhol survey with a strong queer thread (opening in conjunction with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras), an exhibition dedicated to Brett Whiteley’s nudes, a focus on female painters that includes American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, and a solo show by Surrealist photomedia artist Pat Brassington, called The Body Electric. Between Mapplethorpe, O’Keeffe and Brassington, expect to never look at flowers the same way again. Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium (opening October 2017) will offer a ‘new view’ of an iconoclast and champion of New York’s queer subculture in the 1970s and 1980s. Curated by Isobel Parker Philip (AGNSW’s assistant curator for photography), the show will feature portraits, still lifes and figure studies on loan from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the J. Paul Getty Museum, who jointly acquired a massive trove of artwork and archival material from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in 2011 – making them the go-to source for his work. In other words: expect this show to be authoritative. Mapplethorpe will be rubbing shoulders with his New York contemporary Andy Warhol, also featured in the AGNSW’s 2017 program. Adman: Warhol Before Pop (opening February 2017) will also seek to give another view
Rembrandt is coming to Sydney in summer
With less than a month til their 2016/2017 summer blockbusters open, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Art Gallery of New South Wales have announced the NEXT summer of shows – and it will be a very European summer. The Museum of Contemporary Art will be presenting a massive, colourful survey of work by Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist – whose massive full-room video aquarium ‘Mercy Garden Retour Skin’ was a highlight of the MCA’s 2014 Biennale of Sydney program. 'Mercy Garden Retour Skin' installation view at MCA, Biennale of Sydney 2014Photograph: Dee Jefferson Described by New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl as “an evangelist for happiness,” Rist makes video works and installations that are colourful, frequently described as “lush”, and often explore the female body and sexuality. For their summer 2017/2018 blockbuster exhibition, the Art Gallery of New South Wales will host masterpieces from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum in a major exhibition titled Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art. It’s the first survey of 17th century Dutch masters in Sydney, and will feature the work of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Ruisdael, Hals, Steen, Dou, Lievens and Leyster. Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art and Pipilotti Rist are part of the Sydney International Art Series, which within the last two years has brought Yoko Ono and Grayson Perry to the MCA, and Pop Art and masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland to AGNSW. This summer, SIAS is bringing Tats
The MONA FOMA line-up just dropped, is epic
Hobart's going to give Sydney Festival a run for its money come January, as it's taken over by over 200 artists for the Museum of Old and New Art's annual arts and music festival MONA FOMA aka MOFO. You could argue about what the biggest deal of the line-up is, but let's just agree that Peaches Christ Superstar is going to be hard to beat, since it will involve the transgressive electro rocker performing Andrew Lloyd Webber's shlocktastic Biblical blockbuster – which she has described as "prog-rock extravaganza" – all nine main roles, transposed for piano by frequent collaborator Chilly Gonzales. Peaches Christ SuperstarPhotograph: Holger Talinski Other international biggies include tētēma (the musical project of Faith No More frontman Mike Patton and Australian composer/pianist Anthony Pateras) performing live for the first time as part of the Weekend at Walshy’s festival line-up; German techno and ambient electronica producer Pantha du Prince; and Puscifer – TOOL and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan's hybrid comedy-revue-meets-rock-concert-meets-variety-show. Locals we're excited about include Regurgitator reimagining The Velvet Underground's debut album; Rainbow Chan; and stone cold legend of Australian country and folk music, Kev Carmody. Of course, as with every MONA event, there's plenty of excellent and weird shit from people you've never heard of – for instance, an "avant garde performance opera collective" from Amsterdam performing a n
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The DOG's First Birthday
The state's largest craft beer venue, the DOG Hotel, is celebrating a year of serving some of the city's coldest craft brews with a birthday bash. Sixteen of the venue’s 59 taps will be pouring Sydney Brewery's local numbers including the Surry Hills Pils, Darlo Dark and Glamarama Summer Ale. To celebrate the DOG's birthday they will also be doing a one-off collaboration brew. The Light Rail Ale is an American-style fruity steam ale. It's a nod to Randwick’s future transport interchange and you can try a schooner for just $5. After you've knocked back a few craft beers be sure to order up one of the DOG's smoked beef brisket burger (complete with a mac'n'cheese patty, slaw and pickles) or a lasagne spring roll (and yep, that's meat, pasta and cheese inside a spring roll.) Or the Friday fish and chips special for just $9.90. They'll also be giving you free cupcakes to celebrate. You'll also have the chance to win a trip to the Hunter Valley for a two night stay at the Crowne, complete with a brewery tour, dinner and a tasting session. Sydney Brewery’s head brewer Michael Capaldo will be on hand for a chat.
Bondi's got a new tropical cocktail bar
Hotel Bondi is summer ready with the opening of the new Curlewis Bar. The beachside bar has been revamped, complete with a retro cocktail menu curated by Sweet&Chilli. Try a toasted Coconut Espresso Martini or a Tanqueray Crusta with Tanqueray Gin, Hennessy Cognac, lemon juice, apricot nectar and lemon thyme. You can also order up cocktail jugs like the Pomegranate & Cranberry Mojito or a Bloody Mary with Ketel One vodka, tomato and lemon juice, housemade spice mix, chipotle sauce, cucumber, olives and celery. Friday and Saturday nights see resident DJs hop behind the decks to spin Balearic, nu disco and house music till late. Settle into the weekend with tunes and a late-night happy hour 9.30-11.30pm (RSA laws and conditions apply). To celebrate the opening of the Curlewis Bar, Hotel Bondi will be hosting a summer launch party on December 10, with tunes, cocktails and canapés. RSVP is essential and spaces are limited (email email@example.com). The Curlewis Bar is located within Hotel Bondi and is open weekly Thu, Fri 5pm-late; Sat 4pm-late and Sun 2pm-late.
Experience the magic of Christmas in the villages
Start your Christmas season at one of City of Sydney’s free family-friendly concerts. Along with the live music and array of special guests to entertain you, you can also take part in craft activities and enjoy a sausage sizzle. Take home a Santa stocking on sale for $5. All proceeds go to the City’s Christmas charity partner, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. Santa will make a special guest appearance at the concerts and each night will culminate in a glittering fireworks display. For more information regarding each concert and their performers please visit sydneychristmas.com.au. Rushcutters Bay Village Concert Sat Dec 3, 6.30-8.30pmReg Bartley Oval, Waratah St, Rushcutters Bay Rosebery Village Christmas Concert Sun Dec 4, 6.30-8.30pmTurruwul Park, Rothschild Ave, Rosebery Alexandria Village Christmas Concert Sat Dec 10, 6.30-8.30pmAlexandria Park, Buckland St, Alexandria Surry Hills Village Christmas Concert Sun Dec 11, 6.30-8.30pmPrince Alfred Park, Chalmers St, Surry Hills