© Photography: Iwan Baan

Founded in 1872 on a lush green estate east of Sydney‘s Central Business District, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is home to significant collections of Australian, European and Asian art, and as such, it’s arguably the leading art museum Down Under. Under the moniker Sydney Modern Project, the museum has recently seen its biggest expansion to date, encompassing not only a new standalone building with considerably more exhibition space, but also a public art garden which connects with the fully revamped, existing 19th-century building, The new setting is designed by architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of lauded Tokyo-based practice SANAA, and presents the Art Gallery of New South Wales as a place which brings together art, architecture, and now also landscape in an exciting new way.

Visitors are able to navigate dynamic galleries and view site-specific works by leading Australian and international artists nestled in a beautifully landscaped setting. The venue’s renewal sees three pavilions, all clad in limestone and set across a slope leading to the harbour, no less than 3,400 sqm. (36,597 sq.ft.) roof art terraces and courtyards, and an impressive 250 metres of rammed earth wall over two levels made with material sourced from across the state. The new art spaces include a column-free gallery, a gallery for time-based art, and adaptive re-use of a decommissioned Second World War naval fuel bunker, now known as the Tank, a 2,200 sqm. (23,681 sq.ft.) space that’s arguably the country’s most unique art destination.

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road
Sydney, NSW 2000
Telephone: +61 2 92251744
Mon-Tue 10am-5pm
Wed 10am-10pm
Thu-Sun 10am-5pm

© Photography: Iwan Baan / © Art Gallery of New South Wales, Photography: Jenni Carter