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.
Thursday – Sunday
10am – 4pm
Closed Christmas Day (25 December) and Easter Friday
Closing at 3pm on Saturdays 6–20 January 2024
About the Studio
The 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, south of Sydney.
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.
2 Raper Street, Surry Hills, NSW
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.
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.
The ground level has an accessible bathroom.
On-street parking only.
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.
Tel 02 9225 1881
Tel 02 9225 1718
Fax 02 9225 1630
Tel 02 9225 1718
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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.
Exhibitions at the Studio
Includes a look at the works Whiteley made in the 1960s and a display from the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship 2023
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Brett Whiteley learning resource
To support classroom learning
Art, life and the other thing
A six-part podcast, hosted by Fenella Kernebone, that explores the art of Brett Whiteley, his influence and legacy
Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship
Annual scholarship for talented artists aged between 20 and 30 with an established body of work
Events at the Studio
Our event program includes creative workshops and the hugely popular Studio Sessions musical performances.
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