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Brett Whiteley Studio

Brett Whiteley Studio
The Brett Whiteley Studio has been managed as a museum by the Art Gallery of New South Wales since 1995.
  • Opening hours

    Thursday – Sunday
    10am – 4pm
    Closed Easter Friday and Christmas Day

  • About the Studio

    The Brett Whiteley Studio was the workplace and home of Australian artist, Brett Whiteley (1939–92).

    The artist 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.

    The visitor is 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 there

    Trains and walking

    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 Central Railway Station: 372 and 393 from Eddy Avenue bus stop.
    From the city: 301, 302 and 303 from stand D, Circular Quay or on Castlereagh Street between King and Goulburn Streets.


    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 floor, with Brett’s living room and studio on the top floor. Access for people with limited mobility is available on the ground floor only, however detailed photos of the top floor are available.

    Bathroom facilities

    The ground floor 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.

Brett Whiteley Studio

Entrance to the Brett Whiteley Studio

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Brett Whiteley Studio
Brett Whiteley Studio
Brett Whiteley Studio
Brett Whiteley Studio
  • Sponsor’s message

    J.P. Morgan is very proud to partner with the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Brett Whiteley Foundation.

    Brett Whiteley is one of Australia’s best-known artists and his influence, which continues years after his death, reveals the calibre of the man and the art he is remembered for.

    J.P. Morgan has a strong tradition as patron to the arts. Commencing in 1959, the strength and success of our portfolio are due to our vast collection of paintings, sculpture, works on paper and photography. This core collection is enhanced by a diverse and eclectic range of objects from every country in which we do business, offering a unique perspective on our firm’s shared culture.

    Enabling the public to see Whiteley’s paintings and sculptures, in the space where they were created, is something that J.P. Morgan is very proud to be associated with. We believe that our success is linked to the achievements of the communities in which we operate, and that access to the arts is an integral part of a healthy society.

    Rob Bedwell
    CEO, J.P. Morgan, Australia & New Zealand

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