As a fairly new nation, it is fair to say that Australia may have once had a bit of catching up to do with its art scene. Now however, the country certainly holds its own in this department. With plenty of galleries and museums to choose from we have picked our top three to help you on your way.
The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Housed in the former Perth Police Courts, the gallery’s heritage listed buildings are worth a look in their own right. The art inside is a considered mix between indigenous and non-indigenous work and its focus is Australia and the Indian Ocean Rim.
Whilst you’re here take a look inside the Perth cultural centre, a modernist and spacious building next door to the art gallery that is sure to add some context to the works housed in the adjacent buildings.
The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
The Queensland Art Gallery opened in 1895 with a fairly modest collection. Over 100 years later it was joined by its sister the Gallery of Modern Art, with the aim of complementing the original gallery. What we have now is a catalogue of works that spans centuries and is sure to occupy the mind for a few hours at least. We love the Children’s Art Centre inside that helps to make the visit interesting for younger guests as well.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Art Gallery of New South Wales sits in Sydney and is one of the country’s older establishments. This has allowed it time to build up a strong collection of fine art, both international and Australian.
A modern wing showcases views of the harbour, whilst there is plenty of space left to celebrate Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Asian art too.