Surry Hills, Sydney

November 12th, 2011

'Far North Queensland -- Port Douglas 1992' by Brett Whiteley

On a recent trip to Sydney, I spent some time in gentrified Surry Hills, a previously rundown suburb on the southern edge of the city.  It now boasts some of the grooviest new restaurants, cafes, furnishing & homewares and edgy shops in Sydney.  Art Galleries also seem to be multiplying (7 are listed in the very useful Surry Hills Walkabout guides found in every shop

I can particularly recommend the Brett Whiteley Studio.  This is where one of Australia’s most celebrated artists lived and worked from 1988 to 1992 — and it’s one of Sydney’s best kept secrets.  The Studio exhibits a changing selection of Whiteley’s work.  Go upstairs and you get glimpses into his private world, with his sketchbooks, photographs, music and personal memorabilia.  It’s free and open on Saturdays & Sundays 10am-4pm at  2 Raper Street, Surry Hills.  (Don’t be put off if the heavy wooden door is closed with a note saying: “Warning, don’t enter if nudity offends”.  Often life drawing classes are in progress.


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