Best Contemporary Art Galleries in Australia

    Sometime over the last decade, Australia got swept up in a full-scale art boom. From Tasmania to Perth, the country’s cluster of contemporary art spaces is world-class.

    MONA exhibit, Hobart – Photo credit

    Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart
    655 Main Road, Berriedale, Hobart, TAS

    Hobart’s Guggenheim Bilbao was the brainchild of eccentric professional gambler David Walsh and has put the city on the map for millions.

    Where to stay: The Henry Jones Art Hotel Hobart

    Hobart City Guide

    National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
    Parkes Place, Parkes, ACT

    The National Gallery’s modern collection includes seminal works by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, David Hockney and Lucian Freud.

    Where to stay: Aria Hotel Canberra

    Canberra Contemporary Art Space
    55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon, ACT

    The CCAS is a patron of experimental contemporary artwork that puts on over 40 projects yearly in the ACT.

    Where to stay: Hyatt Canberra – A Park Hyatt Hotel

    Canberra City Guide

    Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
    Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney, NSW

    While the Art Gallery of NSW is strong in Old Masters, the likes of Picasso, Braque and Kirchner also grace the walls.

    Where to stay: Sir Stamford At Circular Quay Sydney Hotel

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
    140 George Street, The Rocks, NSW

    The MCA, however, is soley about the modern avant-garde and is fresh off a $58 million expansion.

    Where to stay: Park Hyatt Sydney

    Sydney City Guide

    Australian Centre For Contemporary Art, Melbourne
    111 Sturt Street, Southbank, VIC

    Melbourne’s Australian Centre For Contemporary Art is a work of sculpture as much as architecture. The Southbank museum rotates manifold exhibits and operates a swish art bar.

    Where to stay: The Langham Hotel Melbourne

    Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
    7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen, VIC

    Part art commune, part atelier, part gallery space, Heide is physical evidence that Melbourne is a top-drawer cosmopolitan city.

    Where to stay: Art Series The Cullen Hotel Melbournet

    Melbourne City Guide

    Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
    Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, WA

    Perth’s pillar museum puts explicit focus on indigenous contemporary art from the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

    Where to stay: The Richardson Hotel And Spa Perth

    Perth City Guide

    Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
    Stanley Street, South Bank, QLD

    The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, or GOMA, is a design-forward depot of contemporary art by star firm Architectus.

    Where to stay: The Limes Hotel Brisbane

    Brisbane City Guide

    Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide
    14 Porter Street, Parkside, SA

    Adelaide is flush with museums but the first name in contemporary art is the CAC of South Australia. The progressive facility publishes the influential Contemporary Visual Arts and Culture Broadsheet quarterly.

    Where to stay: Quality Hotel Tiffins On The Park Adelaide

    Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
    North Terrace, Adelaide, SA

    The grand Art Gallery of South Australia underwent extensive re-development in 1996 to add a contemporary art wing.

    Where to stay: Adabco Boutique Hotel Adelaide

    Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide
    Hawke Building, City West Campus, University of South Australia, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA

    Just steps from the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Samstag includes works by in-state artists from the 1970s on.

    Where to stay: The Sebel Playford Adelaide

    Adelaide City Guide

    Where do you go to see modern art in Australia? Let us know below.

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