Hidden around Potts Point’s leafy streets are some of the best art galleries in the city.
Here are a few you’ll want to seek out – either for a dose of culture or as a way of filling your walls with something truly unique.
History abounds at this sunny-yellow gallery in Macleay Street, which has been a bohemian icon in the area for more than 70 years. In the 1950s, Yellow House displayed work by legendary artists John Olsen, Robert Hughes and Robert Klippel. In the 1970s, the space was taken over by contemporary illustrator Martin Sharp, who began The Yellow House Artists Collective – bringing incredible exhibitions from the likes of Brett Whiteley, Peter Weir and Philip Noyce. Until recently, Yellow House was home to the Sydney Art Quartet – and the space also features the award-winning vegetarian Yellow Bistro if you fancy a bite!
A great space to discover established contemporary artists and those who are new on the scene, with artists from Australia, New Zealand and the USA all represented. Recent exhibitions have included the stunning Heartfelt by Grace Wright and Making Sense by Peter Alwast. Gallery 9’s curators largely focus on contemporary painting but the space also exhibits ceramics, sculpture, video, photography and installation.
Located on Victoria Street, STACKS Projects began in 2015 as a solution to the lack of affordable spaces for artists in Sydney. Today, this compact and cute not-for-profit gallery and project space is run by artists for artists, providing a dynamic, welcoming space for emerging and veteran artists alike. It’s also dedicated to providing a creative economy that’s sustainable – and is always worth popping in to see what’s on. Hey, who knows? You might fall in love with a new piece of art for your wall!
You’ll find this artistic space on Llankelly Place in King’s Cross, just a short stroll from Potts Point. It’s also a not-for-profit gallery run by volunteer curators, and it also has monthly talks by experts on the architectural heritage of the area, plus information and maps on various ARTWALKS around Sydney’s historic inner-city precincts including Kings Cross, East Sydney, Darlinghurst and Woolloomooloo.
We know it’s not technically in Potts Point, but this stately gallery near the Botanic Gardens is just a short walk away. It is always worth a visit, thanks to a range of special events and regular exhibits for art-lovers of all ages. It is of course home to The Archibald, Australia’s favourite art award – you can view all the finalists until 8 September 2019 including Tony Costa’s award-winning oil on canvas of artist Lindy Lee. Time for lunch? The stunning a-la-carte dining space Chiswick will sort you out, or grab more casual fare at the gallery’s light-filled cafe.
It’s not quite an art gallery but it is a treasure trove. Once upon a time, if you wanted to buy a beautiful piece of antique furniture, the best place to go was The Sydney Antique Centre in Surry Hills. Since that space closed, the Potts Point Galleries has offered an alternative, with many popular dealers now trading here. Whether you’re a fan of Art Nouveau or Art Deco, you’ll find antiques, jewellery, ceramics and porcelain, sculptures, silverware, glassware and much more here.
Want to know more about the arts and culture in Potts Point? Get in touch with our team and let us help you get to know this eclectic inner-city precinct.