Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney

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Sydney’s best kept secret

The Brett Whiteley Studio was the workplace and home of Australian artist, Brett Whiteley (1939–92).

The artist bought the former warehouse in 1985 and converted it into a studio and exhibition space. He lived there from 1987 to 1992, the year he died in Thirroul.

The visitor is offered the unique opportunity to experience the atmosphere of the space – the studio with his unfinished paintings, art equipment and collections of reference books, and the graffiti wall covered with quotes and images.

The living area has memorabilia such as photographs, objects, postcards, furniture, his music collection and sketchbooks. The gallery has changing exhibitions of the artist’s works: paintings, drawings, sculpture and graphics borrowed from the Brett Whiteley Studio Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales and private collections.

There is a small gallery shop with postcards, posters and other merchandise for sale. There is no cafe at the Studio, however visitors are welcome to return on the day after visiting the numerous cafes and restaurants close by.
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  • This smaller Sydney gallery space never disappoints. It showcases works by the artist, whose diverse materials and techniques include painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media and printmaking. The...  more »
  • Tucked away in a quite Surry Hills back street not far from the CBD is this remarkable gallery/studio in a old warehouse. Such a wonderful glimpse at the life of the genius that is Brett W. So good.  more »
  • What an incredible privilege to experience this special space. The main exhibition changes 2-3 times a year but Whiteley’s studio remains as he left it. The main exhibition was his Italian period featuring lovely earthy colours. The volunteer was knowledgeable and friendly. This is by far the best gallery experience I have had for a long time. Don’t put it off, go.
  • Brett Whiteley is my favourite Australia artist, and being able to see his studio and some of his works is a treat. Unfortunately only a few of his works are on display at the studio.

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