Newcastle Art Gallery houses the most important public art collection in NSW outside Sydney and is considered one of the most substantial in regional Australia. Featuring significant Indigenous and non-Indigenous...
Art tour on a bicycle
With a fine collection of Australian art and rolling exhibitions, Newcastle Art Gallery is one of the best galleries in NSW. Enjoy a free guided tour on weekends. For an engaging tour of the lively arts scene, join Newcastle Bicycle Tours on the Street Art Tour.
Enjoy the vibrant arts scene in Newcastle
From famous Australian artworks to a splendid Spanish baroque theatre to pulsating music venues, you’ll discover plenty to experience in Newcastle. Two hours’ drive north of Sydney, NSW’s second-biggest city has launched many success stories, including painter and sculptor William Dobell, Taps Dogs creator and choreographer Dein Perry and rock band Silverchair, to name just a few.
With more than 6,100 works, Newcastle Art Gallery is home to the second-largest collection in NSW, including an impressive range of Aboriginal bark paintings. Dobell’s Portrait of a strapper (1941) is regarded by the artist as one of his finest portraits. Brett Whitley’s Summer at Carcoar (1977) is one of the gallery’s most-loved works and won the prestigious Wynne landscape prize.
For an intriguing three hours, Newcastle Bicycle Tours will take you on a discovery of the city’s street art, small galleries and cultural spaces. Since 1975, Cooks Hill Galleries has displayed and sold a fine selection of collectable works. For cutting-edge creations, the annual This is Not Art celebrates experimental and emerging arts. Visit the Lock-Up, a cultural centre of art, music and ideas.
Live music is big part of Newcastle’s cultural life, with exciting venues around the city. The elegant Spanish baroque-inspired Civic Theatre Newcastle is popular for concerts, theatre and comedy. Check out the events calendar for festivals, including Newcastle Music Festival and Newcastle Jazz Festival. For a journey into the city’s past and enthralling exhibitions, visit the Newcastle Museum.