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Where to see art at night

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

By Time Out editors |
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MCA Artbar photo supplied 2019
Photograph: Sam Whiteside MCA Artbar

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.

Nick Cave "Until" 2018 at Carriageworks
Photograph: Daniel Boud
Art, Installation

Carriageworks

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.

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Jenny Munro
Photograph: Ken Leanfore
Art, Public art

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