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Brett Whiteley Studio

  • Art
  • Surry Hills
Brett Whiteley Studio

Time Out says

The Brett Whiteley Studio was the workplace and home of Australian artist Brett Whiteley. The artist bought the former warehouse in 1985 and converted it into a studio and exhibition space. He lived there from 1988 to 1992, the year he died in Thirroul.

The NSW Government subsequently bought the space, and it opened to the public as the Brett Whiteley Studio in 1995, managed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. On the occasion of the Studio's 20th anniversary, the ownership was passed over to the Gallery.

Visitors visiting the Brett Whiteley Studio are provided with a unique snapshot into the artist's practise, with his studio preserved as it would have been during his life, including his unfinished paintings, art equipment and collections of reference books, and the graffiti wall covered with quotes and images.

There is a small gallery shop with postcards, posters and other merchandise for sale.



2 Raper St
Surry Hills
Opening hours:
Thu-Sun 10am-4pm

What’s on

Brett Whiteley: Blue and White

  • Sculpture and installations

From the notorious Archibald Prize-winning feat of his ‘Self Portrait in the Studio’ and the stunning deep ultramarine harbour view of ‘The balcony 2’, the colour blue is synonymous with famous Sydney artist Brett Whiteley’s paintings. But another form where this fascination with blue emerges is in Whiteley’s ceramics.  A new exhibition featuring the most comprehensive display of Brett Whiteley’s painted ceramics has opened at the artist's former home, Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills. Over 40 ceramic pieces – dating from the 1970s and 1980s – feature in the exhibition, which examines the connections between the artist’s work across various mediums and the use of the colour blue in his practice. Whiteley’s ceramics were primarily thrown by others to his specifications, however a small number of hand-formed works were made by the artist himself.  The ceramics are displayed alongside paintings, prints and drawings that showcase Whiteley’s recognisable iconographies – sex, nudes, religious imagery and nature – enabling the exhibition to trace and amplify these themes.Brett Whiteley: Blue and White is on display at the Brett Whiteley Studio until November 27, 2022. Entry is free. Want more? Plan your art crawl with our picks of the best exhibitions in Sydney.

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