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Brett Whiteley Studio

Brett Whiteley Studio

Inside the Brett Whiteley Studio

The workplace and home of renowned Australian artist Brett Whiteley is now a museum managed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
  • Free entry and tickets

    Entry is free and tickets are not required for the Brett Whiteley Studio and our exhibitions.

    Tickets may be required for some events, and there may be charges. 

    For details, including any ticketing or charges, see What's on for current and upcoming exhibitions plus information on events and programs.

  • Opening hours

    Thursday – Sunday
    10am – 4pm
    Closed Christmas Day (25 December) and Easter Friday

  • About the Studio

    Brett Whiteley (1939–92) bought the former warehouse in 1985 and converted it into a studio and exhibition space. He lived there from 1987 to 1992, the year he died in Thirroul, south of Sydney.

    The studio has been managed as a museum by the Art Gallery of New South Wales since 1995.

    Visitors are offered the unique opportunity to experience the atmosphere of the space – the studio with his unfinished paintings, art equipment and collections of reference books, and the graffiti wall covered with quotes and images.

    The living area has memorabilia such as photographs, objects, postcards, furniture, his music collection and sketchbooks. The gallery has changing exhibitions of the artist’s works: paintings, drawings, sculpture and graphics from the Brett Whiteley Studio, Art Gallery of New South Wales and private collections.

  • Getting here


    2 Raper Street, Surry Hills, NSW

    Light rail

    The nearest light rail stop is Surry Hills. The Studio is about a 5-minute walk from there. Before Bourke Street, turn left into Esther Lane, then right, then left into Raper Street.


    From the city: 304 from stand A on Alfred Street from Circular Quay.


    Parking is difficult in surrounding streets. Out of consideration for local residents, please do not park in Raper or Davies Streets or Esther Lane.

  • Accessibility

    The Studio is split over two levels. The main exhibition space is located on the ground level, with Brett Whiteley’s living room and studio on the top level. Access for people with limited mobility is available to the ground level only; however, detailed photos of the top level are available.

    Bathroom facilities

    The ground level has an accessible bathroom.


    On-street parking only. 

  • Studio shop

    There is a small gallery shop with postcards, posters and other merchandise for sale. There is no cafe at the Studio; however, visitors are welcome to return on the day after visiting the numerous cafes and restaurants close by.

  • Studio contacts

    General enquiries       

    Tel 02 9225 1881

    Education office

    9am – 5pm
    Tel 02 9225 1740
    Booking learning programs

    Venue hire

    Tel 02 9225 1702
    Event enquiry online form


    Tel 02 9225 1718
    Fax 02 9225 1630

    Tel 02 9225 1718

    Media enquiries

    See media office

    Artwork enquiries

    The Brett Whiteley Studio is managed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales and is not a commercial gallery. We do not value or authenticate works of art. This can be done through accredited valuation experts and auction houses.

A wooden door slightly ajar with two large matchstick sculptures next to the doorbell.

Entrance to the Brett Whiteley Studio

Brett Whiteley Studio
Brett Whiteley Studio
Brett Whiteley Studio
Brett Whiteley Studio
Brett Whiteley Studio

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