Contemporary art in Sydney

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A number of Seoul's best art galleries can be found in Samcheong-dong in Jongno-Gu, including Kukje Gallery. The gallery is known for its roster of Korean and international artists such as Anish Kapoor, Bill Viola, Chung Chang-Sup, Candida Höfer, Gimhongsok, and Haegue Yang.

Also based in Samcheong-dong is PKM Gallery, established in 2001 by Park Kyung-mee—an art historian and the commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennale. PKM Gallery represents many important established and mid-career Korean artists, many of whom have an international reputation. Among these is the estate of Yun Hyong-keun, a key figure in the history of abstraction and Minimalist art in Korea often referred to within the context of Dansaekwha.

Major art galleries can be found elsewhere in Jongno-Gu, including Arario Gallery, innovative in introducing Indian and Southeast Asian artists to Korea; ONE AND J. Gallery, dedicated to contemporary artists; and JARILAGER Gallery, founded by Sunhee Choi and Jari Lager. Jongno-Gu is also home to Gana Art, one of the first major art galleries to be established in Korea, noted for its focus on Korean and Asian contemporary art and for its public art projects presented in three art spaces across the city.

In more recent years, buoyed by the rise of a new generation of collectors in South Korea, accessibility to the broader Asia region, and the commitment by Frieze to host a Seoul art fair each year, international galleries have sought a presence in the city too. Lehmann Maupin, Perrotin, and Pace Gallery all have spaces in Seoul, as do KÖNIG GALERIE, Thaddaeus Ropac and Gladstone Gallery.

Ames Yavuz contemporary art gallery in Sydney, Australia
Ames Yavuz Current Exhibition:
Alvin Ong
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Gallery 9 contemporary art gallery in Sydney, Australia
Gallery 9 Current Exhibition:
Tim Price +1 more
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Martin Browne Contemporary contemporary art gallery in Sydney, Australia
Martin Browne Contemporary Upcoming Exhibition:
Adrienne Gaha
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Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery contemporary art gallery in Sydney, Australia
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Current Exhibition:
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Sydney exhibitions
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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 Institutions
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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.

Sydney
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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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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.

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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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Artworks
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Untitled by Bill Henson contemporary artwork photography
Bill Henson Untitled, 1989 Archival inkjet pigment print
127 x 180 cm
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Ruined Temple by Linda Marrinon contemporary artwork painting, ceramics
Linda Marrinon Ruined Temple, 2024 Terracotta and tempera
35 x 28 x 13 cm
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A thousand lights look back at you by Mac Mansfield contemporary artwork painting
Mac Mansfield A thousand lights look back at you, 2024 Oil and acrylic on board
35 x 45 cm
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Gallery 9
Untitled by Bill Henson contemporary artwork photography
Bill Henson Untitled, 1989 Archival inkjet pigment print
180 x 127 cm
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Untitled by Bill Henson contemporary artwork photography, print
Bill Henson Untitled, 1989 Archival inkjet pigment print
127 x 180 cm
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As the river runs late by Mac Mansfield contemporary artwork painting
Mac Mansfield As the river runs late, 2024 Oil and acrylic on board
41 x 51 cm
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Gallery 9
Buy low, sell high by Mac Mansfield contemporary artwork painting
Mac Mansfield Buy low, sell high, 2024 Oil and acrylic on board
40 x 58 cm
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Body and blood by Alvin Ong contemporary artwork painting
Alvin Ong Body and blood, 2024 Oil on canvas
200 x 260 cm
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Ames Yavuz
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Events
in Sydney

Throughout the year Sydney plays host to major art events and fairs, attracting thousands of collectors and enthusiasts from across the globe.

9 March–10 June 2024 Biennale of Sydney

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.

Ames Yavuz
69 Reservoir Street
Surrey Hills
Sydney Current Exhibition:Alvin Ong
Body and blood
13 April–18 May 2024
Gallery 9
9 Darley Street
Darlinghurst, NSW
Sydney Current Exhibition:Tim Price
Leaves Twinkle Twinkle
19 April–13 May 2024
Martin Browne Contemporary
15 Hampden Street
Paddington, NSW
Sydney Upcoming Exhibition:Adrienne Gaha
Grand Tour
25 April–18 May 2024
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
8 Soudan Lane
Paddington, NSW
Sydney Current Exhibition:Linda Marrinon
All hail Tony Duquette!
19 April–11 May 2024
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181–187 Hay Street
Haymarket, NSW
Sydney
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road
The Domain, NSW
Sydney
Artspace Sydney
43-51 Cowper Wharf Road
Woolloomooloo
Sydney
Campbelltown Art Centre
1 Art Gallery Road
Campbelltown NSW
Sydney
Carriageworks
245 Wilson Street Eveleigh, NSW
Sydney
Cement Fondu
36 Gosbell Street, Paddington NSW
Sydney
Chau Chak Wing Museum
University Place, University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW
Sydney
Firstdraft
13–17 riley street
Woolloomooloo, NSW
Sydney
Mosman Art Gallery
1 Art Gallery Way
Mosman NSW
Sydney
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia | MCA
140 George Street
The Rocks
Sydney
NAS Gallery
National Art School
156 Forbes St
Darlinghurst NSW
Sydney
Pari
Cnr Hunter St and O’Connell St
Shop 7, 4-14 Hunter St
Parramatta, NSW
Sydney
Penrith Regional Gallery
Home of The Lewers Bequest,
86 River Road,
Emu Plains, NSW
Sydney
Performance Space
245 Wilson Street, Carriageworks Way
Sydney
Powerhouse Ultimo
500 Harris St
Ultimo, NSW
Sydney
SCA Galleries
Sydney College of the Arts
Old Teachers College, Manning Rd
Camperdown NSW
Sydney
UNSW Galleries
University of New South Wales
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd
Paddington NSW
Sydney
White Rabbit
30 Balfour Street
Chippendale, NSW
Sydney
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