NSW Art Galleries
Discover New South Wales’ vibrant art scene, with galleries showcasing the works of local and international artists. From small, not for profit centres, to dynamic regional galleries with touring exhibitions, you’ll find an eclectic display of artworks across the state.
In the picturesque town of Murwillumbah is Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. With panoramic views of the Tweed River and beautiful gardens, the location is a destination in itself. Inside, six exhibition spaces host a vibrant program of works, including the biennial Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture.
Forty minutes’ drive south in Bangalow is Ninbella, an independent gallery representing Aboriginal artists from the Western and Central Desert regions. You’ll also find artworks from contemporary Australian artists from the Northern Rivers of NSW. The gallery is just 20 minutes’ drive from the popular beachside town of Byron Bay.
Newcastle Art Gallery offers high quality exhibitions and public programs, as well as an outdoor sculpture garden featuring the works of international and local artists. A short walk away, in the heritage Newcastle Police Station building is The Lock-Up, a multidisciplinary contemporary arts space offering a diverse program of exhibitions, events, installations and workshops.
The Lake Macquarie City Gallery has reopened after $2.3 million transformation, and now includes a dedicated space for contemporary Aboriginal art exhibitions. The gallery also features a Sculpture Park set on 5 hectares of leafy grounds, featuring work by local and national artists.
Along the banks of the beautiful Murray River in Albury is the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk, a series of stunning contemporary Aboriginal sculptures by local artists. In the city, you’ll find Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), a contemporary gallery offering talks and workshops alongside international touring exhibitions and local and indigenous art.
Wagga Wagga in the Riverina is home to the National Art Glass Collection, featuring 400 pieces of contemporary art glass. In Bathurst, the free entry Bathurst Regional Gallery showcases contemporary artworks, from both touring and in house artists, through its Hill End Artists in Residence Program.
South of Sydney, the Wollongong Art Gallery manages a collection of contemporary, Aboriginal, Asian and colonial artworks, as well as changing exhibitions. Just outside of Nowra is Bundanon, the home and studio of the late Australian artist Arthur Boyd. Open only on Sundays, guided tours are available to view the property and an extensive art collection.
Nearby, Shoalhaven Regional Gallery is an excellent regional gallery, featuring a diverse range of exhibitions by leading Australian and Shoalhaven artists. On the stunning sapphire coast, Bega Valley Regional Gallery is a public funded gallery showcasing contemporary Australian visual culture.
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery is the oldest regional art gallery in NSW and houses an extensive collection of Australian colonial works, as well as early 20th century Australian and contemporary paintings. Twenty minutes outside of the town is the Living Desert and Sculptures, featuring 12 sandstone artworks which highlight the skyline.
In Silverton you’ll find John Dynon Gallery, is a celebration of all things Outback. The unusual gallery is located in a colourfully painted Aussie tin shack.