Immerse yourself and discover the character, charm and culture of Australia’s diverse art scene – wander through laneways, tour around the national galleries and museums or try your hand at creating your own Aussie masterpiece. Head out of the cities to Australia’s regional areas who host towering artworks and unique exhibitions that are well worth a short drive. Whatever your artistic style, start planning with inspiration below:
Victoria is following Melbourne’s artistic lead with the development of a 200 kilometre (124 mile) Silo Art Trail. You’ll see towering works created by internationally recognised street artists, starting in the Grampians. The road trip will take you through six of the region’s smallest towns which now make up one of the country’s biggest outdoor art galleries.
If you’re heading to Alice Springs, call in to the Araluen Arts Centre; the visual art and performance hub of Central Australia, presenting an annual program of exhibitions, performances, and film. It has a great collection of Aboriginal art galleries, such as Mbantua.
North Terrace is home to Adelaide’s most significant cultural institutions; Marvel at more than 3,000 artefacts celebrating the cultural life of Australian Aborigines, in the South Australian Museum, or head next door to stroll through the halls of the Art Gallery of South Australia to view an impressive collection of Australian colonial art. If you’re after a live performance, check out the Adelaide Festival Centre, the home base for the State Opera, State Theatre, Australian Dance Theatre and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
While in Sydney, call in to the White Rabbit Gallery, one of the world’s most significant collections of Chinese contemporary art. The Collection, which now includes more than 2,000 works by almost 700 artists, is split into two new exhibitions a year involving a full rehang.
Aboriginal-owned Janbal in the Cairns region is a gallery first and foremost, but offers so much more than the chance to gaze at paintings on a wall. Book an art class and you’ll not only learn about the dot techniques utilised in this part of Queensland, you’ll also create your own painting to take home.
Grand Lane in the city centre is just one of Perth‘s historic laneways revitalised under the Forgotten Spaces initiative, and it’s been done with serious style. It’s now home to the 99 metre (325 foot) Grant Lane Mural, by Scott Neoh and Hiroyasu Tsuri, and the Light Locker Art Space, a public exhibition showcasing 2D and 3D works from local emerging artists.