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The best art galleries in Sydney

Here's our round-up of our favourite art galleries in Sydney

Art Gallery of New South Wales 2017 exterior daylight August feat Archibald Prize banners (C) AGNSW photographer credit Felicity Jenkins
Photograph: Felicity Jenkins Art Gallery of New South Wales
By Time Out editors |

Sydney's art scene is legendary, busting at the seams with great galleries – from major institutions like the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art, to incredible privately-owned but publicly accessible (and free!) galleries like White Rabbit, and right down to a thriving scene of independent and artist-run initiatives

But where should you start? We've picked ten of our favourites from across the full spectrum, showing everything from cutting edge contemporary art to blockbuster exhibitions of the classics.

What should you see at these galleries? Here are the best art exhibitions in Sydney this month.


Sydney's best galleries


Art Gallery of NSW


Established in 1871, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is the leading museum of art in New South Wales and Sydney, and one of Australia's foremost cultural institutions. It holds significant collections of Australian, European and Asian art, and presents nearly 40 exhibitions annually.




Artspace moved in way back in 1992 and quickly established the Gunnery as a hotspot of Sydney’s contemporary art scene. Its annual program includes exhibitions, artist residencies, talks and symposiums, and the publication of artist monographs.


Brett Whiteley Studio

Surry Hills

Miraculously, the studio of Australia's great expressionist has been kept the way it was when he died of a heroin overdose in 1992. Browse Whiteley's books and records and see the unfinished painting he was working on – as well as a changing roster of mini exhibitions.


Campbelltown Arts Centre

The centre consists of gallery spaces, a performance studio, workshops, a residency apartment, sculpture garden, Japanese garden and a large outdoor amphitheatre.

Casula Powerhouse


Stop moaning and drag your sorry arse out Liverpool way. Yes, there is culture in them there outer 'burbs, courtesy of this industrial-scale centre.


Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)

The Rocks

Two international design competitions, months of construction and $53 million later, the MCA was was born again in 2012, boasting 50 per cent more floor space, a rooftop café and sculpture terrace, and a high-tech education centre.


Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery


This leading commercial gallery in a tiny Paddington backstreet boasts top Australian artists such as Bill Henson, Tracey Moffatt, TV Moore and Del Kathryn Barton on its books.


S.H. Ervin Gallery

Millers Point

Housed in the gorgeous 1856 National Trust Centre building, this often-overlooked gallery is well worth a trek through the Rocks (and up Observatory Hill).


White Rabbit


This privately-owned gallery is a state-of-the-art, four-floor wonderland of 21st century Chinese art. Be sure to head to the tea room for dumplings.

Like your art outdoors?

Water fountain
Photograph: Ken Leanfore
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