Travelling brings the opportunity to make wonderful discoveries of nature and culture. It's exciting to see things that you'd never even dreamed of. Art galleries present the chance to see an array of art and are a great past time for holidayers. Here are some of Sydney's best, from the top dogs to hidden gems:
Australian Centre for Photography
For all things photography, including exhibitions, education and publication, the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) is top dog. The centre was established in 1973 and has come a long way in the four decades following – it's become the longest-running contemporary art space in the country.
This is a place where photographers from all backgrounds, with every possible style and inspiration, come together to display their craft, learn and share knowledge.
The centre has played a vital part in catapulting artists into success, particularly with exhibitions. Many major photographers in Australia found their starting point here, including Max Dupain, Olive Cotton and Bill Henson.
The winter season runs until August 17 and showcases a range of photographers. Pop in when you're visiting Sydney in the upcoming months to see the works of Terry Burrows, Rodney Pople and Hiromi Tango. Each of these people are known for their other artistic pursuits, namely painting, performance and sculpture. Here you can see their genius photography all in one place – an array of their best pieces displayed in supreme quality prints.
This gallery showcases unique works that will welcome you into the world of Chinese contemporary art. In the 1990s, there was a movement in China called Reform and Opening Up which led to a broad range of imaginative and colourful works being created.
The collection at White Rabbit has become renowned for bringing together some of the best from this period. Owner Judith Neilson is constantly updating the collection, travelling to China and Taiwan to find the best, newest pieces. At nearly 1,000 pieces from 350 artists, the four-storey space can only showcase some of the artwork. Twice a year, the pieces are swapped out so you have the opportunity to see something new each time you visit.
Head on over to see the current exhibition, Reformation, which runs until August 3. This exhibition looks at how China is changing in the modern world, moving forward and re-inventing the past, through over 50 works that includes huge installations, paintings and sculptures, sensor-linked videos and mechanical art.
Art Gallery of New South Wales
A top galleries list wouldn't be complete without what has been dubbed one of the most beautiful art museums in the world. First opening its doors in 1871, the gallery is now home to an amazing and eclectic collection of pieces from overseas and right here in Australia. Many touring exhibitions are also frequently welcomed so you'll see something new every time you visit.
Sol LeWitt's "Your mind is exactly at that line" is a current exhibition that will run until August 3. Born in America in 1928, LeWitt has been called on of the most influential artists of his generation. See undying passion and dedication, in his work that spans 40 years. You will see entire walls covered in bold colours, concrete structures and the scribble drawings that were his final project.
If you're struggling to pick a gallery to head to when you're on holiday, why not choose them all? Spend your day discovering beautiful art in a range of mediums from all over the world and right from our backyard. All you need to get from one place to the next is a Sydney car rental, a map and a sense of adventure.