A tour of major art galleries in Australia

Written By: Marjorie Cliff Picard

When thinking of classical art history, Australia does not pop into mind.  Western Europe is usually the first thought, then perhaps Asia or North America. However, Australia has a country-wide group of excellent galleries, which not only show off worldwide art, but also collections of its own renowned artists and its indigenous Aboriginal art. A walking tour of any of these galleries or an online tour will display wonderful Australian art.

Australia is the sixth largest country on the planet and is also a continent. There are six states and a number of territories. The mainland has five states (the sixth is the island of Tasmania) and three territories. The largest galleries are on the mainland. In each state capital is a major gallery and there may also be municipal, university, private trust institutions and private collections.

The Nation’s Capital City, Canberra

The National Gallery of Australia, located in the capital, has Australian and international collections from differrent times and cultures. It includes:

    • Australian art from all the states and territories, and from Australian artists abroad, span the colonial past to the present in paintings, photography, design, sculpture, and more. It includes works from nearby New Zealand. The exhibitions travel around the country as well. 
    • Aboriginal art is represented by ritual, dance, song, body painting, rock engraving, prints and sculpture. It comes from one of the oldest, richest civilizations in human history and is still extant. The collection has approximately 7500 works and is the largest in the world.
    • European and American Art are seperated into three galleries. Gallery 1: Impressionism, cubism, expressionism, the School of Paris, and more, with art by Courbet, Monet, Cezanne, Seurat, Degas, Modigliani and more. Gallery 2: Abstract and abstract expressionism to pop art, including works by Pollack, Rothko, Gorky, Warhol, Lichtenstein and American prints and posters to go with the pop art. Gallery 3: Art from the 1970′s to today, including neo-expressionist paintings from Europe, contemporary sculpture, and new media works.

Canberra is also the home of the National Portrait Gallery. The portraits are meant to reflect Australian history. However, they are not a collection of noted politicians and famous characters. All sorts of people are included, all classes and types. The centerpiece is a portrait of Captain James Cook by John Webber.

Sydney, Capital of New South Wales

The largest city in Australia is Sydney, home of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. It contains 17,280 pieces. Australian art runs from colonial times to the present. Notable artists are Tom Roberts, Charles Conder, Russell Drysdale and John Brack as well as others. There are collections of Asian and Aboriginal art.  Western art is represented by British Victorian Art and Dutch, French, and Italian painters from the 17th and 18th centuries. The impressionists are represented by Monet, Cezanne, Pissarro and others. Later artists include Picasso and Giacometti. Take an online tour of the highlights of the gallery.


The Art Gallery of South Australia is located in the state’s capital, Adelaide. An online gallery is available on the website. The collection has approximately 38,000 works. As with the previous galleries, they include Australian, European, North American, and Asian works. Australian art runs from 1800 to the present, and includes paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photos, glass, metals, ceramics, furniture, jewelry and more. Asian art comes from China, Cambodia, India, Japan, Iran, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

European art spans the 15th century to the present, and includes an extensive collection of 20th century British art as well as 17th through 19th century portraits and landscapes by artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, William Hogarth and J.M.W. Turner. There are sculpture collections, including 20 bronzes by Auguste Rodin. An online tour of the highlughts of the European and North American collections is available.  


South Brisbane is the location of Queensland Art Gallery. A nearby site opened in 2006, the Gallery of Modern Art, containing 20th and 21st century works. Both are located on the Brisbane River and both are covered on the above website. The Queensland Art Gallery international collection includes:

    • Dutch and Flemish artists from the 16th and 17th centuries
    • Italian art from the 16th century
    • French impressionist paintings, including works by Degas and Pissarro
    • British work, including Waterhouse and Fletcher
    • Asian art

The gallery also includes Australian art to 1975 and indigenous works from around the country. There is a focus on the art and history of Queensland, with works in all media.

More contemporary artworks can be found at the nearby Gallery of Modern Art.

Melbourne, capital of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria contains 68,000 pieces and is located in Melbourne. Visiting the website will give the different categories of collections, which include:

    • Australian art
    • Australian and international fashion and textiles
    • Australian and international decorative arts
    • Antiquities
    • Pacific art

Included in Western art are pieces by El Greco, Van Dyck, Turner, Waterhouse, Gainsborough, Manet, Pissarro, Picasso, and Warhol.

The history and the environment of Melbourne are reflected in the works of its local artists in their own collection.

Western Australia

Perth is the capital and the location of the Art Gallery of Western Australia.  Highlights of the collection are available at the website. The museum feels their most important asset is the State Art Collection, a focus on Western Australia art, indigenous art and Modern British art. The collection spans time from the early 1800′s until now and is divided into time spans from 1800 to 1920, 1920 to 1960, 1960 to 1980, and 1980 to today. A wide variety of genres, Australian and international, can be found.

All of the museums above have ongoing temporary exhibitions, which are updated on their websites. There are many smaller galleries with some found in more populous rural areas. Exhibits travel the country.

How Did Art Galleries in Coco Keeling Islands Become the Best? Find Out.

Written By: Crystal Finley

Art is an incredible aspect of life. Art is the tree surrounded by daisies, the bird that takes a bath in a puddle of water, the apple that falls from a tree on a bright sunny day and even the mom who sits and admire her baby while she sleeps. Art can be the dog that chases a cat, an old woman walking down the street and a bowl of fruit resting on a tabletop. As the world turns, art will continue to be part of life!

History of art

Art has been around since the beginning of times but wasn’t identified as art until 19th century. During those times art historians relied on formal analysis, semiotics and psychoanalysis to determine when and how art was developed. Art historians also relied heavily on iconography. According to all-art the first known painters and sculptors died over 30,000 years ago however, their works are still circulating the world in museums. This allows visitors the ability to admire the art, interpret the work from their own point of view while reacting to what they see.

During the 19th century, artists did not have the things modern artists have today. Back then, artists had to use whatever they had including finding a place to create their arts. Unlike artists in the old days, today’s artists work in private studios to create paintings, sculptures and others for showings in art galleries to sell them. However, all artwork possess some similarities with the main being creating their pieces based off past events or current events.

Art galleries in Coco (Keeling) Islands

While there are a variety of galleries to choose from in Coco (Keeling) Islands, there are only a handful that offers more than just quality work but an experience that enable visitors to ask the artists questions about their work.

The Big Barge Art Centre

The Big Barge Art Centre is a unique yet very popular art gallery located in West Island. It provides tons of beautiful art pieces pertaining to the Coco (Keeling) Islands. Each piece presented in the gallery was created by local artists but are admired by millions from around the world. The Big Art Centre enables visitor the ability to enjoy the working class artists’ studios while having the option to talk to any artists in sight.

Most of the pieces exhibited in the art gallery pertain to past events that took place on the Islands. Each piece present enables visitors to admire and enjoy interpreting what the picture represents.

Hidden Garden Art Gallery

The Hidden Garden Art Gallery is considered the largest art gallery in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. It has over 60 artists, 15 rooms of art and is visited by thousands from around the world all year round. The Hidden Garden Art Gallery enables visitor to get one on one conversation with any artists about their works. The next best thing about this gallery is that visitors have the option to purchase artwork when available. Each unique piece of art presented by its artists not only jumps out at the visitors but also enables visitors to related to them.

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