Discovering Art & Culture in NSW Australia
New South Wales’ arts, culture and creative sector is thriving and with the fact that it’s the largest in Australia, there’s plenty of places to experience the growth of arts and culture in this state. NSW art galleries and other creative spaces are numerous and can be found in almost all regions of the state, from the central to the South Coast, North Coast and even the outback areas of NSW!
Head to the main art gallery of New South Wales – the Art Gallery of NSW, for a day of amazement at one of the most important art museums of Australia. Here you can enjoy a vast range of contemporary art as well as cultural Australian, European and Asian art. This gallery is free entry and all the permanent galleries are accessible as well as majority of exhibitions and events unless otherwise stated.
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is another museum located in the city area, bringing in a diverse range of exhibitions and events to Circular Quay. There’s an annual event called ‘Art and About Sydney’ where you can expect to see art placed in random and unusual places across the city. From major projects to smaller exhibitions, Sydney is brightened up by the creativity of artists and full of exhibitions for art and culture.
South Coast and North Coast
While you’re at around beaches in the South Coast, make sure to check out the Wollongong Art Gallery for a mix of Australian, Aboriginal and Asian art as well as permanent collections that showcase the regional histories and art practices of the area. Likewise in the North Coast, there are more options available such as the Lake Macquarie City Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery and the Tweed River Regional Art Gallery all with similar yet their own unique experiences.
In Albury which is down south of NSW at the border between NSW and Victoria, you can go on a nice walk in the outdoors from Kremur Street to Wonga Wetlands where you’ll discover 11 sculptures installed along a 5km track by Aboriginal artists in the local area. This walk is known as the Wagirra Trail and Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk and its sculptures reflect on the Milawa culture and lore, allowing you to explore a deep sense of their history and relationship to the river.
Even further inland is what we consider the outback in NSW. Right near the western border of New South Wales lies the town of Broken Hill. Here you can check out the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery which has historical significance as the oldest regional gallery in the state and is housed in one of the original heritage buildings of Broken Hill. It features a fine collection of colonial, modern and contemporary art and also features temporary exhibitions to showcase local, state and national talents.
Closeby, just 9km from the city of Broken Hill is the Living Desert Reserve which features several walking trails and a sculpture site as its major attraction. It can be accessed via a 1 km. At the sculpture site you’ll find 12 sandstone sculptures that contrast against the skyline – a result of a sculpture symposium held in 1993 involving artists from all over the world.
There are plenty of art and culture attractions and activities scattered throughout New South Wales and Australia. There are great accommodation types to cater to any type of traveller whether budget or luxury as well as travel options for a bit of travelling diversity. There are country link trains that can take visitors interstate, coaches, and plenty of car rental Australia service providers if you are seeking that extra bit of comfort, privacy and flexibility. If culture and art is what you seek, you will find plenty. With such a diverse community and indigenous presence, Australia is worth the trip.