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The best art exhibitions in Sydney this month

From the biggest blockbusters to the smallest shows – here's everything artistic worth checking out in March

Jonathan Jones: untitled (maraong manaóuwi) Art and About 2020 supplied
Photograph: James Horan

Sydney's summer of art is still hanging on for a brief moment at the beginning of March. You've got limited time left to catch the Art Gallery of NSW's blockbuster, Japan Supernatural and the dreamy labyrinth of fabulousness that is Step Into Paradise at the Powerhouse.

You can see the latest major public artwork from Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, or head to Canberra to see the NGA's massive Matisse and Picasso show.

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The best art in Sydney in February

And Now White Rabbit Gallery 2020 supplied
Zhu Jinshi, 'The Ship of Time' 2018. Photograph: Supplied.

And Now

White Rabbit, Chippendale

This Chippendale haven for Chinese art is continuing its tenth anniversary celebrations with a new exhibition of works collected over the last decade. You’ll be able to walk through Zhu Jinshi’s ‘The Ship of Time’ (pictured) and see Ai Weiwei’s former studio assistant Zhao Zhao’s ‘Constellations’, a confronting seven-panel silk embroidery. 

Radiant Flux - Rebecca Baumann - Carriageworks
Photograph: Daniel Boud

Rebecca Baumann: Radiant Flux

Carriageworks, Eveleigh

Carriageworks has been home to its fair share of large-scale artworks in recent years, including Nick Cave's monumental 'Until' and Daniel Buren's playground of oversized kids' toys. But Rebecca Baumann's 'Radiant Flux' reaches even further, turning the Redfern arts wonderland into a giant kaleidoscope of colour.

Pulse of the Dragon Casula Powerhouse supplied 2020
Guan Wei, 'Cosmotheoria', 2017.

Pulse of the Dragon

Casula Powerhouse, Casula

Ten leading contemporary artists from China and Australia are coming together for this free exhibition exploring Chinese mythology through a variety of forms. The exhibition is curated by Glenfield-based artist Guan Wei, who last year became the first Chinese-Australian artist to have a solo exhibition at the MCA, and Beijing-based performance artist Cang Xin. 

Linear exhibition
Art, Installation


Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo

Explore Indigenous connection to cultural legacy and the physical, cultural and spiritual lines that link First Nations practices and narratives across Australia. This exhibition at the Powerhouse has been curated by the award-winning head of design at Bangarra Dance Theatre, Murri man Jacob Nash. 

Wansolwara: One Salt Water 4A centre for contemporary art, UNSW galleries supplied 2020
Amrita Hepi, A Body of Work (At The End Of The Earth) (Waangenga Blanco), 2017.

Wansolwara: One Salt Water

UNSW Galleries, Paddington

In Pijin, the language spoken on the Solomon Islands, “wansolwara” translates loosely to “one ocean, one people”, explaining what draws the region together. So it’s an appropriate title for this ambitious exhibition project about the Pacific, which takes place at both UNSW Galleries and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Artexpress 2020 supplied AGNSW
Photograph: Robert Edwards


Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Artexpress has now been running for 36 years, showing the best works submitted by high school art students for their HSC. And let's face it – it's pretty much every serious HSC art student's dream to make it into this exhibition and have their work shown at our city's biggest gallery. 

Matisse & Picasso National Gallery of Australia 2019 supplied
© Succession H. Matisse/Copyright Agency & © Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency

Matisse & Picasso

National Gallery of Australia,

Summer is blockbuster season for our biggest art galleries, but even by these high standards, Canberra's National Gallery of Australia is on to a winner. Matisse & Picasso traces one of the most compelling and turbulent friendships in modern art history. 

Liverpool Sculpture Walk 2019 supplied
Photograph: Charlotte Curd
Art, Sculpture and installations

Liverpool Sculpture Walk

Casula Parklands Playground, Casula

For two weeks every spring, hordes of Sydneysiders head to the beach for the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, which covers two kilometres of the city's most exquisite coastline, from Bondi to Tamarama. But the crowds can be pretty intense, and two weeks isn't really long enough for us to catch anything. For almost nine months, Casula Parklands is playing host to a new sculpture walk, featuring eight works from Sculpture by the Sea. 

A raccoon peeks out from a hole in the windscreen of an abandoned car.
Photograph: Jason Bantle
Art, Galleries

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour

[Sponsored] Sydney is taking temporary custody of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (WPY). On loan from London’s Natural History Museum, this world-class collection of 100 mesmerising images will be housed at the Australian National Maritime Museum from March through to October. 

Step outside the gallery

Jenny Munro
Photograph: Ken Leanfore
Art, Public art

The best public art in Sydney

Public art – in any city – is a notoriously fraught business. No matter how hard you try to make everyone happy, every work will have its detractors.