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Sydney is home to leading contemporary art galleries including Ocula Member Galleries Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Gallery 9, Martin Browne Contemporary, and Yavuz Gallery.

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Below you will also find a selection of other contemporary galleries in the city, as recommended by Ocula.

Whether you love established contemporary Australian artists like Karla Dickens, Tony Albert, or Simryn Gill, or work by up-and-coming emerging artists, Ocula's Sydney Art Guide will steer you in the right direction for exploring the best art galleries in the New South Wales capital.

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Soudan Lane, Paddington, has a long history of supporting contemporary art. The gallery has fostered some of the most important Australian contemporary artists, including Tracey Moffatt, David Noonan, Fiona Hall, Patricia Piccinini, Dale Frank, and Bill Henson. Artists represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery have been selected for significant international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale.

Since 2006, Gallery 9 has presented a dynamic programme of exhibitions and represents artists from Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. It is committed to nurturing the practices of its artists long-term, encouraging experimentation and artistic development. Artists represented by Gallery 9 include painters Grace Wright, Ed Bats, and Louise Tuckwell.

Originally established in Singapore in 2010, Yavuz Gallery opened its second gallery in Sydney in 2019. The art gallery's programme is dedicated to the promotion of intercultural dialogue through contemporary art, presenting a diverse group of established and emerging artists from around the globe through its exhibitions and international art fair participation. Artists represented by Yavuz Gallery include prominent Southeast Asian artists such as Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, Pinaree Sanpitak, and Alvin Ong, as well as Antipodean artists including Abdul Abdullah and André Hemer.

In 1991, Martin Browne—former Head of the Australian Art Department at Sotheby's Australia—opened his eponymous Sydney gallery. Martin Browne Contemporary is dedicated to showing the finest in Australian and international modern and contemporary works of art. From its two light-filled spaces in Paddington, the gallery shows its programme in the heart of the Paddington Arts Precinct, Sydney's premier arts locale.

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Explore current and upcoming exhibitions across Ocula's Member Galleries in Sydney.

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A thriving destination for contemporary art, culture, tourism, festivals, and food, Sydney promises its visitors a well-rounded arts experience. From the architecturally designed Sydney Modern Project at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, to the waterfront contemporary art destination, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, art enthusiasts can expect to see world-class exhibitions in the city.

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Sydney contemporary

Sydney's museums, institutions and non-profit art spaces offer a world-class arts and culture experience. Explore our selection of the best not for profit art spaces to visit in the New South Wales capital.

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Set by The Domain along Art Gallery Road is the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) and its recent expansion, the Sydney Modern Project, offering a world-class stage for contemporary and modern art across two mammoth spaces.

Overlooking Sydney Harbour at Tallawoladah is the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA Sydney), Australia's dedicated public contemporary art museum set in a multi-storey art deco building.

Sydney is also home to a breadth of mid-scale institutions that support emerging artists through exhibitions and opportunities. These include non-profits Artspace Sydney and Firstdraft, both in Woolloomooloo, and Cement Fondu in Paddington. Also in Paddington is UNSW Galleries, the University of New South Wales' dedicated gallery opened in 2013.

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is an independent not-for-profit located in Haymarket which has championed contemporary Asian-Australian art practices since 1996.

In Chippendale is White Rabbit Gallery, established in 2009 to showcase contemporary Chinese art.

Other highlights include Carriageworks, Australia's largest arts and culture centre located in the former Eveleigh Railway Workshops in Redfern; Campbelltown Arts Centre, a multidisciplinary contemporary arts centre situated on the edge of southwest Sydney; and the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo.

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Ocula Magazine is an online platform dedicated to publishing the best in contemporary art internationally. Explore our in-depth conversations, insights, features, news stories, and photologs covering the Sydney arts scene here.

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Since it was launched in 2010, Ocula Magazine has interviewed some of Australia's most significant artists, including Dean Cross, Lindy Lee, Angela Tiatia, Richard Bell, and Karla Dickens. It has also covered significant Sydney exhibitions, including shows by Simryn Gill and Tony Albert, and the Biennale of Sydney.

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Ocula Advisory
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Led by Ocula founder Simon Fisher, Ocula Advisory assists new and established collectors in building and managing their collections.

Through 40+ years of combined experience and extensive relationships with galleries, auction houses, art dealers, and collectors, the Ocula Advisory team has exceptional knowledge about and access to a broad spectrum of modern and contemporary artworks.

Follow the Advisory team for their Picks on must-see art shows in Sydney, exceptional artworks in the city, and artists to follow as well as art market news.

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Artists on show
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In any given week, you can see the works of some of the world's most exciting artists in Sydney. Here you will find a selection of artists whose works are currently on show in the city.

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Sydney has propelled the careers of Australian and international artists, with its renowned galleries and museums providing a global stage for seminal exhibitions. Australian artists who have recently held major solo exhibitions in the city include Brett Whiteley, Daniel Boyd, Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, and Emily Floyd.

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Body Double #5 (Angel) by Sarah Contos contemporary artwork painting
Sarah Contos Body Double #5 (Angel), 2023 Oil on canvas
167.5 x 156 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Request Price & Availability
Coupled by Ildiko Kovacs contemporary artwork painting
Ildiko Kovacs Coupled, 2023 Oil on plywood
160 x 120 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Request Price & Availability
Royal self-portrait with dingo by Vincent Namatjira contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Vincent Namatjira Royal self-portrait with dingo, 2023 Acrylic on linen
122 x 152 cm
Yavuz Gallery
Depths of flux by Zak Tilley contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Zak Tilley Depths of flux, 2023 Plaster, acrylic and oil on board
122 x 183 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Request Price & Availability
Quiet achiever by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork painting
Abdul Abdullah Quiet achiever, 2023 Oil on linen
198.1 x 162.5 cm
Yavuz Gallery Request Price & Availability
Elevation by Morgan Shimeld contemporary artwork sculpture
Morgan Shimeld Elevation, 2023 Bronze, black patina, powder coated steel
180 x 30 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Request Price & Availability
Promising potential by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork painting
Abdul Abdullah Promising potential, 2023 Oil on linen
102 x 76 cm
Yavuz Gallery Request Price & Availability
Growing From A Moment by Grace Wright contemporary artwork painting
Grace Wright Growing From A Moment, 2023 Acrylic on canvas
122 x 102 cm
Gallery 9 Contact Gallery
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Throughout the year Sydney plays host to major art events and fairs, attracting thousands of collectors and enthusiasts from across the globe.

7–10 September 2023 Sydney Contemporary

Sydney is host to a wide range of vibrant and diverse museums and galleries, alongside non-profit organisations and artist-run initiatives. The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) boasts one of the largest art collections in Australia and has been fundamental to Sydney's cultural landscape since its establishment in 1871. With the expansion of the Sydney Modern Project in 2022, the AGNSW doubles its exhibition and education spaces in a new building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects SANAA.

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Claiming space along Sydney's iconic harbour, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is dedicated to contemporary Australian and international artists. It has hosted exhibitions by contemporary artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Pipilotti Rist, Anish Kapoor, and Fiona Hall. Carriageworks, another key institution, is a multi-arts centre set within the historic Eveleigh Railway Workshops in Redfern. This enormous and unique industrial site lends itself to large-scale immersive programmes and international commissions.

Artspace is one of Australia's foremost non-profit contemporary art space and supports the production and presentation of new work, hosting an ambitious national and international program of exhibitions, residencies, and public programmes that position art and ideas within a critical context. 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Haymarket is dedicated to facilitating dialogue between Australia and Asia through exhibitions, research, and collaboration. Working with artists from across the Asia-Pacific region, it plays a critical role in advocating for an expanded view of global contemporary art.

Alongside public institutions are different models of private initiatives. White Rabbit Gallery, which opened in Chippendale in 2009, showcases extraordinary works by contemporary Chinese and Taiwanese artists from philanthropist Judith Nielson's collection.

The Biennale of Sydney is arguably the pinnacle of Sydney's cultural calendar. Inaugurated in 1973, the Biennale is one of the world's longest running biennials and occupies multiple venues across the city including Cockatoo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

While Melbourne is known for its laneways filled with street art and graffiti, Sydney has a growing reputation for its public art. The City of Sydney commissions a wide range of public art that encompasses fountains, monuments, sculptures, installations, street art and murals. Notable projects include Jenny Holzer's I STAY (Ngaya ngalawa) (2014), a 24-hour installation of text in English and First Nations languages; Chris Fox's impressive Interloop (2017) that reuses the old wooden escalators into a mind-bending installation at Wynyard Station; and Tracey Emin's The Distance of your Heart (2018), made up of 67 tiny bronze birds perched on building window sills.

Sydney is also home to a variety of experimental and artist-run-initiatives that support emerging practitioners. Firstdraft, an artist-led organisation and the oldest of its kind in Sydney, has been the foundation of hundreds of artistic careers. In Marrickville is Frontyard, a community-run space that occupies the former Australia Council Research Library. Cement Fondu, one of Sydney's newest contemporary spaces in Paddington, runs a programme that brings together rising local artists with renowned international artists to build new relationships.

Further afield beyond the city centre, many important galleries can visited across Greater Sydney and New South Wales including Campbelltown Art Centre, Blacktown Arts Centre, Bundanon, and Casula Powerhouse.

Gallery 9
9 Darley Street
Darlinghurst, NSW
Martin Browne Contemporary
15 Hampden Street
Paddington, NSW
Sydney Current Exhibition:Morgan Shimeld
14 September–7 October 2023
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
8 Soudan Lane
Paddington, NSW
Yavuz Gallery
69 Reservoir Street
Surrey Hills
Sydney Upcoming Exhibition:Vincent Namatjira
Desert Songs
5–28 October 2023
APY Gallery
45 Burton Street
Darlinghurst NSW
Artereal Gallery
747 Darling Street
Chalk Horse
167 William Street
Darlinghurst, NSW
COMA Gallery
137 Bayswater Rd, Rushcutters
Darren Knight Gallery
840 Elizabeth Street
Waterloo, NSW
Dominik Mersch Gallery
1/75 McLachlan Avenue
Rushcutters Bay, NSW
Fine Arts, Sydney
Suites 204 & 205, 20-22 Bayswater Road
Potts Point, NSW
Fox Jensen
1/8 Soudan Lane
Paddington, NSW
Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert
20 McLachlan AveRushcutters Bay NSW
Jerico Contemporary
94 Cathedral St
Woolloomooloo NSW
Kronenberg Mais Wright
91 Stanley Street
East Sydney, NSW
301/27 Abercrombie Street
Liverpool Street Gallery
243a Liverpool Street
East Sydney
Michael Reid
Standard House, 105 Kippax Street Surry Hills
N.Smith Gallery
6 Napier Street Gadigal Country Paddington NSW
12-14 Meagher Street
Chippendale, NSW
Olsen Gallery
63 Jersey Road Woollahra
Sarah Cottier Gallery
23 Roylston Street
Paddington, NSW
Suite 201, 20 Bayswater Road
Potts Point
Sullivan + Strumpf
799 Elizabeth St
Zetland, NSW
The Commercial
5/4 Jabez Street
Marrickville, NSW
5/16 Hickson Rd Walsh Bay
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181–187 Hay Street
Haymarket, NSW
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road
The Domain, NSW
Artspace Sydney
43-51 Cowper Wharf Road
Campbelltown Art Centre
1 Art Gallery Road
Campbelltown NSW
245 Wilson Street Eveleigh, NSW
Cement Fondu
36 Gosbell Street, Paddington NSW
Chau Chak Wing Museum
University Place, University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW
13–17 riley street
Woolloomooloo, NSW
Mosman Art Gallery
1 Art Gallery Way
Mosman NSW
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia | MCA
140 George Street
The Rocks
NAS Gallery
National Art School
156 Forbes St
Darlinghurst NSW
Cnr Hunter St and O’Connell St
Shop 7, 4-14 Hunter St
Parramatta, NSW
Penrith Regional Gallery
Home of The Lewers Bequest,
86 River Road,
Emu Plains, NSW
Performance Space
245 Wilson Street, Carriageworks Way
Powerhouse Ultimo
500 Harris St
Ultimo, NSW
SCA Galleries
Sydney College of the Arts
Old Teachers College, Manning Rd
Camperdown NSW
UNSW Galleries
University of New South Wales
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd
Paddington NSW
White Rabbit
30 Balfour Street
Chippendale, NSW
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