Art Gallery Sydney
The local art scene in Sydney, Australia is a feast for the eyes. Sure, most tourists would want to visit places like the Sydney Opera House or beaches like Bondi, but you could also roam around the city looking at wonderful pieces of art.
While street art is a fav here at TAE, there’s always room for appreciation for art galleries. Remember when I posted hidden galleries and installations in New York? This time let’s travel all the way to the land down under and see what the top 7 galleries for Sydneysiders and tourists alike. In no particular order, because art is in the eye of the beholder, here are the first four:
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
+61 2 9245 2400, 140 George Street, The Rocks, NSW 1223, Australia
The MCA is located within a gorgeous building that embodies what the gallery is all about – featuring all aspects of contemporary art such as education, exhibition, interpretation, and collection. Now a much bigger space than its original in 1991, today’s art lovers can check out an entire floor’s worth of the gallery’s permanent collection, as well as two more floors of exhibits.
Australian Centre of Photography (ACP)
+61 2 9332 0555, 257 Oxford Street, Paddington NSW 2021 Australia
Identified as “one of the leadership organizations in Australian contemporary visual culture,” photographers will find a haven in ACP, which was founded in 1973. It’s one of the most influential organizations in the country, running educational programs, workshops, exhibitions, and tours, and they also produce publications. Their main aim is to connect both professional and aspiring photographers, while at the same time exposing the art to the Australian public.
Art Gallery of New South Wales
02 9225 1744, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Many people, art critics or not, describe this museum as one of the most beautiful in the world. It first opened in 1871, but today it has both a permanent collection and some exhibitions that come and go. They feature both local and Australian artists as well as international ones. You can view a wide variety of art, ranging from creations during the colonial times until today’s cutting edge contemporary works. They even have Aboriginal art and Torres Strait Islander art on display as well.
+61 (02) 8399 2867, 30 Balfour Street Chippendale NSW 2008 Australia
If you’re big on contemporary Chinese art, look no further than the White Rabbit Collection. Its history goes back to the 1990s, as inspired by the creative and artistic boom that China experienced due to the “Reform and Opening Up” movement. The gallery, founded by Kerr and Judith Neilson, has a collection so huge that only parts of it can be displayed at a time in their four large floors of art space. Because of this, they reshuffle and display different sets twice each year.
Tomorrow I’ll post three more amazing places to visit in Sydney. Thanks for reading!