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, Tap 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, 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.will take you on a discovery of the city’s street art, small galleries and cultural spaces. Since 1975,
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 and Newcastle Jazz Festival. For a journey into the city’s past and enthralling exhibitions, visit the Newcastle Museum.