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Where to see art at night

Explore the city's galleries after hours at these regular events

Written by
Time Out editors

Sydneysiders are famously busy. We've got a million things on every week and can't afford to skip work (thanks property market) to spend a few hours at one of Sydney’s art galleries.

Thankfully plenty of our favourite venues open after hours – and that's when they really come to life. The Art Gallery of NSW and Museum of Contemporary Art both stay open on Wednesday nights, but there are other options for up-late culturing around the city.

Here’s Time Out’s guide to art in the evening.

If you'd rather go during the day, here's our tips for the best art to see this month.

  • Art
  • Eveleigh

What you'll get: Carriageworks is both a performance venue and an exhibition space, so on nights where there are shows you can explore major installations after hours and enjoy the occasional pop-up bar or restaurant.

Looking for art every minute of the day?

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  • Public art

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 – but Sydney has some seriously awe inspiring works to discover. Including Bara (pictured), the impressive sculpture overlooking Bennelong Point and Circular Quay, honouring the multifaceted living history of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation.

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