Discover Sydney's Contemporary Art Galleries

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Discover Sydney's Contemporary Art Galleries

<p>Discover Sydney’s fabulous and ever changing art scene and get an insider’s view into its stunning art precincts with their colourful surroundings. Each walk is specially designed to take you to a


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Discover Sydney’s fabulous and ever changing art scene and get an insider’s view into its stunning art precincts with their colourful surroundings. Each walk is specially designed to take you to a hub of diverse venues from major galleries to unexpected spaces tucked away in hidden corners and laneways. Meet gallerists, curators and artists, learn about the styles, ideas and inspirations of Australian and International art and gain a deeper understanding of the beautiful and wondrous world of art.

The walks are customised to respond to the events within the time frame of the term, ensuring the availabiltiy of art professionals at the galleries, identifying the most critically acclaimed art exhibitions and taking into account temporary pop-up shows. Therefore the particular suburbs to be visited are interchangeable, except the first day. Each new meeting point will be announced the week before and then emailed to the participants with a little map how to get there.

First Meeting: At the front steps of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, The Domain.


  • Art Almanac and Art Guide, listing Australian art galleries and current exhibitions

The contemporary art tours are designed to give an overview of the most active art precincts of Sydney and their galleries, including Chippendale, Darlinghurst, Paddington and East Sydney. In the same time the walks offer the opportunity to discover the distinct urban character and architecture of each neighbourhood and venue visited. Each tour is structured to visit a manageable number of galleries in short walking distance.

  • For a decade or more the grungy, working-class Chippendale and adjacent Darlington had been the best kept secret to find small alternative galleries. These days both suburbs are much more accessible while maintaining their old charm and each has its own distinguished art centre: The White Rabbit in Chippendale with thematic exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art and Carriageworks which stages large-scale national and international events.
  • Darlinghurst, lovingly nick-named ‘Darlo’ has a colourful history and together with its neighbour Kings Cross, it had been home to Sydney’s Bohemia, the haunt of artists, writers and musicians. It continues to be a vibrant arts hub with many interesting galleries to explore.
  • Paddington has the reputation of having harboured Sydney’s most prominent arts community. It was the home of the great artist Margaret Olly and it continues to be a major art hub with new and old galleries sprinkled around this vast suburb.
  • East Sydney has grown in recent years into one of the most lively art hubs in town with galleries moving here from other parts of the city to join some old stayers of legendary status.

The first tour starts at the Art Gallery of NSW and will encompass the various free, temporary exhibitions this gallery continuously stages alongside their permanent displays and blockbuster shows. On this day there will be just enough time for a short walk down to ‘Artspace’, Australia’s leading space for the creation and presentation of innovative art, such as elaborate installations and video art. The tours will introduce students to the variety of Australian and International artists who show their work in Sydney and give the opportunity to experience a wide range of media and styles, be it abstract or figurative drawings and paintings, photography, sculpture, glass art and ceramic, installations and new technologies. On the basis of the exhibitions shown, possible historical influences, art movements and artists' ideas and inspirations will be discussed. The tours are also structured to give information about the various types of galleries and some aspects of their history.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss and appreciate the influence of art in our daily lives.
  2. Describe different types of galleries and their locations.
  3. Discuss aspects of the work of some contemporary Australian and International artists.
  4. Evaluate a variety of styles and media in contemporary art.
  5. Discuss artists' ideas and inspirations.