Arts and Culture


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.

  • Newcastle Art Gallery, North Coast
  • Newcastle Museum, North Coast

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.

Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle

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.

  1. Cooks Hill Gallery

    An exquisite array of unique and collectable paintings, sculptures and ceramic pieces together with works of colonial impressionism and the modern period can be found adorning the walls and exhibit spaces in this...

  2. Lock-Up Cultural Centre

    Listed in the NSW Heritage Register, the building is constructed in Sydney sandstone and is one of a row of four significant buildings on Hunter Street that reflects the prosperity of early Newcastle...

  3. Newcastle Art Gallery

    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...

  4. This is Not Art

    Thursday 28 September to Sunday 1 October 2017, Newcastle

    This Is Not Art - known to friends as TiNA - is a free annual festival of experimental and emerging arts that has happened in Newcastle, Australia since 1998. Each year, thousands of people gather in...

    28 Sep -01Oct
  5. Newcastle Art Bazaar

    Sunday 19 November 2017, Newcastle

    Hunter Arts Network's Art Bazaar at Lambton Park is being held in November. Lambton Park is located on the Corner of Howe and Morehead Streets, Lambton, so Art Bazaar will be surrounded by beautiful parklands and...

    19 Nov
  6. Newcastle Writers Festival

    Friday 7 April to Sunday 9 April 2017, Newcastle

    The Newcastle Writers Festival celebrates national and regional literary talent over three days each April. More than 100 writers and thinkers participate in 70 sessions - half of which are free - that include panel...

    07 Apr -09Apr

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