Sandwiched between Cleveland Street and Broadway and a longtime favourite of the Sydney Uni set, Chippo packs a lot of punch for a little fella. The area has just welcomed mammoth the Central Park development to the old Carlton & United brewery site – Daiso is the most exciting thing for us – and there’s increasingly tonnes of eating, drinking and art-watching to be done: hit up Mission Restaurant and Bar (and gallery!), the always excellent White Rabbit Collection, Café Giulia and Brickfields. And take a moment to remember the late Abercrombie Hotel, home of late nights, fried pizza and, once upon a time, our hearts.
White Rabbit is a a state-of-the-art, four-floor temple to 21st century Chinese art hidden on a backstreet in Chippendale. Founder Judith Neilson created the self-funded non-profit gallery to house her epic collection of post-millennial Chinese art, and it opened to the public in 2009. The gallery also houses a gift-shop full of cheap, cheerful and colourful gifts, and a ground-floor tea house that also serves dumplings. Contemporary Chinese art is a hot commodity right now, and among the most fascinating in the world, says Paris Neilson, Judith's daughter and the collection's manager. "When you go to China and visit the artists' studios, they're the size of airplane hangers. They have access to materials like bronze and fibreglass and they can get workers to help. They have so much freedom to create whatever comes to mind." White Rabbit opened in August 2009, the culmination of an idea sparked ten years ago. Judith Neilson discovered the work of Wang Zhiyuan at a 1999 exhibition at Ray Hughes Gallery (now The Hughes Gallery) in Surry Hills and began a friendship with the Beijing-based artist. "Mum went and visited him in Beijing and was just amazed by the work she saw," Paris explains. "She bought a couple of works and came back raving." Judith's husband, Platinum Asset Management founder Kerr Neilson, urged her to buy more, and the issue of where to keep and display a collection arose. The Neilsons found an old knitting factory in Chippendale and set about a thre
Central Park Shopping Centre
Dubbed the ‘living mall’ by the precinct’s developers, which sounds horrifyingly like a Little Shop of Horrors theme park, Central is the new five-level vertical shopping centre with 40 stores and nine cafés, all less than five minutes walk from Central Station. The fancy-looking glass building it is housed in, all covered in greenery, was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and botanist Patrick Blanc. It’s the first of its kind in Australia thanks to its eco heliostat (a plane mirror which reflects sunlight), which will conserve and produce solar power for the building. With such striking architecture, Time Out had envisioned reporting that stores like H&M, Uniqlo and Muji would be setting up shop (we’ll wait patiently in line for those to arrive in Sydney next year). However, the new retail hub is a far more practical mix of familiar brands like Adidas, Glue, Hype DC, Foot Locker, and (coming soon) Superdry. There’ll be a few fast-food favourites like Coco Cubano, Guzman y Gomez, Din Tai Fung and yet another frozen yogurt joint opening in the outdoor dining area and food court. Plus, there’ll be free Wi-Fi (hello students and freelancers); Woolies; Priceline; a new medical centre; and Japan’s largest discount store – Daiso Japan (cheap crockery: hello students and freelancers). Plus, an entire floor will be dedicated to a creative playground of art called Brand X.
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Wellington St Projects
This artist-run-initiative was founded by Belem Lett and Katherine Brickman in March 2013, within the bottom level of a warehouse of studio spaces.
This commercial gallery is the baby of partners Ron Adams (a painter) and George Adams – also behind the artist-run-intiative MOP Projects, next door....
Ambush Project Space
This gallery, founded in 2007 by Bill Dimas and John Wiltshire (partners in a boutique marketing business) is one of Sydney’s key proponents of street and...
Carlton Project Space
This pop-up exhibition space is part of the Chippendale Creative Precinct.
What's on in Chippendale
Head to Knox Street Bar on the last Thursday of the month for stand-up with difference
After the exhibitions open, head to Freda's for the after pARTY – curated by a different artist/collective each month
For their latest monumental show, White Rabbit Gallery has unleashed its weapons of mass instruction