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Sydney's Great Galleries

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While Melbourne has long been known as the cultural capital of Australia, Sydney has spent the last decade stepping up its competition. Much of the city's cultural renaissance owes to the growing arts scene, which encompasses the Museum of Contemporary Art as well as neighborhood galleries like Aquabumps.
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30 Balfour St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
This four-level gallery holds a large collection of contemporary Chinese art. An airy teahouse serves housemade dumplings and loose-leaf oolong. 30 Balfour St., Chippendale, 61/(0) 2-8399-2867. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue....
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31 Lamrock Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
Gallery director Adrian Newstead sources bark paintings, sculptures, and ceremonial artifacts from Aboriginal artists throughout Australia and curates works for local and international shows. 31 Lamrock Ave., Bondi Beach, 61/(0) 2-9300-9233. This...
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Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
The Australian collection here includes almost 19,000 pieces ranging from paintings and decorative arts to modern photography, pop art, and screen-printing. The Yiribana Gallery is renowned for some of the best permanent and rotating exhibits of...
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140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
Housed inside the Maritime Services Board building and a modern addition on the western side of Circular Quay, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is the country’s leading institution for modern art. While access to touring...
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245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australia
The brick-and-iron warehouses of the old Eveleigh Railway Workshops now host a diverse lineup of experimental music, theater, film, and fine art. Located on the border of Redfern and Waterloo, Carriageworks was restored to keep the historical...
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2 Raper St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
The final home and workplace of the late Australian artist Brett Whiteley is now a museum that holds rotating exhibits of Whiteley’s work shown on weekends as well as monthly events such as poetry readings and classical music performances....
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151 Curlewis St, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
In 1999, surfer, photographer, and then frustrated creative director Eugene Tan started a blog to document daybreak at Bondi Beach. It started simply as a way to share photos of surfers, sunrises, swimmers, and waves with his mates for a daily...
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101/113-115 William St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
An incubator for Australian contemporary design, Object Gallery features the works of more than 200 designers per year through exhibitions, events, and workshops. The center also publishes an online magazine for iPad and tablets and offers an...
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270 Devonshire St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
A family-run gallery that's been operating in Sydney since the 1980s, the Hughes Gallery is a multi-room space dedicated to emerging and underrated Australian and international artists. The gallery has helped launch the careers of such Australian...