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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.
Brett Whiteley Studio reviews
On our second of 6 days in Sydney, we'd had a very good lunch at Bills in Surrey Hills and were looking for something to fill in time before dinner later at Jane restaurant. The gallery is small but..... more
On our second of 6 days in Sydney, we'd had a very good lunch at Bills in Surrey Hills and were looking for something to fill in time before dinner later at Jane restaurant. The gallery is small but..... more »
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...
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 »
If you're a Brett Whiteley fan, as I am, you'll enjoy this space. You're not allowed to take photos, which is disappointing. There is a tiny selection of books, postcards, posters and cards. Which predictably include none of what is on display, so you can't have a memento of your favourite paintings. But these are minor irritants. Whiteley was a genius and to be in his work space and in the presence of so much of his work is an honour and a pleasure.
Absolutely loved our visit to Brett Whiteley’s Studio - so inspiring. The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. The gallery works closely with Wendy Whiteley and previously unseen works are regularly displayed in a rotating exhibition. We will definitely be back. A trip to Wendy’s (stunning) garden in Lavender Bay is also a must!
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