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.
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.
The ground floor has an accessible bathroom.
On-street parking only.
Self-portrait in the studio 1976
Oil, collage, hair on canvas, 200.5 x 259 cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1977
© Wendy Whiteley/Copyright Agency
Image: © Art Gallery of New South Wales, Christopher Snee
TRAIN / 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.