Poke your nose around any global city. Art is everywhere from formal galleries to outdoor sculptures to impromptu performances to street art and murals. Here, we've chosen 10 of our favorite places to appreciate art when you study abroad in Sydney with CAPA International Education.
1. AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY. Head to the Australian Centre for Photography to gather inspiration for your study abroad photo adventures. A not-for-profit independent gallery, ACU is all about contemporary photography, showcasing a variety of work by both Australian and international photographers. They're constantly adding new events, discussions and classes to their calendar alongside free exhibitions that rotate often. If you take your own camera to the streets afterwards, share the results with us on the CAPA Facebook page!
- 257 Oxford St, Paddington
- Open Tues-Sun
- FREE entry
Photo: Australian Centre for Photography by Charlie Brewer
2. VIVID SYDNEY - A FESTIVAL OF LIGHT, MUSIC AND IDEAS. In May and June each year, light installations and projections envelope Sydney and Darling Harbour for the Vivid Sydney festival. The main attraction is always the changing light projections on the sails of Sydney’s Opera House! A stroll along Sydney Harbour allows you to interact with a series of light exhibits and in 2013 there was a brilliant water and light projection show at Darling Harbour. Go early and have fun interacting with the installations.
- Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour
- Evenings May-June (exact dates vary each year)
Photo: Vivid Sydney 2013 by Nigel Howe
3. BOOMALLI ABORIGINAL ARTISTS COOPERATIVE. Australia is famous for its Indigenous art and Boomalli is one of the best venues to showcase it! Drop in for rotating exhibitions of indigenous art with Aboriginal endorsed guidance. The co-op serves as artist studio space as well as a community and education centre for Aboriginal people in Sydney.
- 55 - 57 Flood St, Leichhardt
- Open Tues-Sun
Photo: Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative by .M.
4. SCULPTURE BY THE SEA. This is the world's largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition. Occurring in October and November each year along the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach Coastal Walk, it is a great way to experience unique contemporary art out in the fresh sea air.
- Bondi Beach through to Tamarama Beach
- Daylight hours October-November (exact dates vary each year)
Photo: Sculptures by the Sea by hto2008
5. ART AFTER HOURS AT THE ART GALLERY OF NSW. The Art Gallery of New South Wales is the leading art museum in Sydney and the state of New South Wales. Every Wednesday the gallery extends its usual daytime opening hours to 9pm and offers a special ‘Art After Hours’ program. The Gallery is yours to explore but there is also so much more packed into the evening – from live music, artist talks, special tours, films, and workshops that in the past have included creating your own art and projects such as folding origami, weaving and string-making.
- Art Gallery Road, the Domain
- Wednesday evenings 5pm-9pm
Photo: Art Gallery of NSW by toby
6. ART & ABOUT SYDNEY. A collaborative four week arts festival, Art & About Sydney sees both the artist and the general public use the city as a canvas for creation and storytelling. Celebrate with fabulous art, performance, and music in city streets and public spaces. Exhibitions vary each year but ‘Sydney Life’ repeatedly showcases photography canvases in Hyde Park – always a favorite.
- Sydney CBD including Hyde Park
- September-October (exact dates vary each year)
Photo: Art & About at the Cross by Peter Hindmarsh
7. WHITE RABBIT GALLERY. The White Rabbit Collection is one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art, focusing on works produced after the year 2000. While you’re there, you can relax and taste different blends of tea in the gallery’s tranquil street-level tea house.
- 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale
- Open Thurs-Sun
Photo: White Rabbit Collection by Rosino
8. EVELEIGH ARTISANS MARKET. Interested in buying a piece of art to take back to the States? This market is the place to go. It's a platform for emerging designers, artists and craftspeople to share their work in a public place. Most of the work on display is contemporary style.
- 243 Wilson St, Darlington
- 10am-3pm, the first Sunday of each month
- FREE entry plus cost of purchase
Photo: Eveleigh Artisans Market by Sacha Fernandez
9. BRETT WHITELY STUDIO. Brett Whitely was one of Australia’s most iconic contemporary artists. His original studio space in Surry Hills is now a gallery dedicated to his paintings, sculptures and ephemera. Here is your chance to explore the life and work of an individual artist – only a short walk from the CAPA apartments.
- 2 Raper St, Surry Hills
10. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART. The Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits a wide range of contemporary work from Australian as well as international artists. One of the best things about this museum is its location – right across Sydney Harbour from the Opera House which means both indoors and outdoors, you'll have quite the view!
- 140 George St, the Rocks
- Open daily
- FREE entry
Photo: Museum of Contemporary Art by Farbs01
Have you been to Sydney? Leave us a comment and let us know your favorite places to appreciate art in this global city.