When the Nimrod Theatre building in Belvoir Street, Surry Hills, was threatened with demolition in 1984, more than 600 people – ardent theatre lovers together with arts, entertainment and media professionals – formed a syndicate to buy the building and save this unique performance space in inner-city Sydney.
Over 25 years later, this space, known as Belvoir St Theatre, continues to be the home of one of Australia’s most celebrated theatre companies – Belvoir. Under the artistic leadership of Ralph Myers and General Manager Brenna Hobson, Belvoir engages Australia’s most prominent and promising playwrights, directors, actors and designers to realise an annual season of work that is dynamic, challenging and visionary. As well as performing at home, Belvoir regularly takes to the road, touring to major arts centres and festivals both nationally and internationally.
Production-wise, the Gaelic Theatre features a powerful NEXO Alpha E sound system and comprehensive stage lighting rig/desk in-house.
With major renovations completed The Gaelic Hotel is now a 500-capacity, split-level, multi-purpose venue situated only meters from Central Rail & Bus stations between Chalmers & Elizabeth Street. The Gaelic has a late License till 4am, 7 days a week, and is surrounded by late night 24-hour hotels and food outlets.
Firstdraft is a non-profit gallery run on a voluntary basis by a group of practising artists. It is one of the longest running and most successful artist-run initiatives in Australia. Firstdraft asserts the importance of contemporary art production, dissemination and discussion in society, providing a stimulating exhibition space that is professional and accessible for a diverse range of artistic practices and projects. Alongside its exhibition program, Firstdraft runs a variety of other programs and projects and in 2010 launched a second venue, Firstdraft Depot.
Firstdraft is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Firstdraft Depot is supported by City of Sydney. Firstdraft is also supported by Porter’s Paints and Jed Wines.
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 borrowed from the Whiteley Estate, Art Gallery of New South Wales and private collections.
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 refreshing at the numerous cafes and restaurants close by.
Clients receive personal consultation in the Gallery.
Each registry receives its own online account where contributors can login to view the happy couple, the Artworks they have chosen, and details on how to contribute.
Family and friends that contribute receive assistance for any queries they may have, and upon contributing they receive a personal thank you note and a receipt.
Once the registry has been completed my clients receive a certificate noting each of their registry's contributors and accompanying each of their Artworks they will receive a certificate of Authencity and Artist's profile.
Since its very inception in 1995, Defiance Gallery in Newtown has been synonymous with innovation in exhibiting painting and sculpture. Home to a range of artists - from promising newcomers to prominent Australian and international artists - Defiance Gallery hosts an inspiring annual calendar of painting and sculpture exhibitions for gallery and invited artists. This includes The Landscape Show, The Drawing Show and The Miniature Sculpture Show. In addition to its excellent reputation for contemporary paintings and works on paper, Defiance Gallery's wholehearted support and encouragement of sculpture in Australia has cemented its role as the leading sculpture gallery in Sydney. The gallery is also proud to represent The Estate of Lyndon Dadswell and The Estate of Ian Mackay, two pivotal figures in the history of Australian sculpture.
Twenty Years in Surry Hills
The gallery of Ray Hughes began in Brisbane in 1969 as Gallery 1Eleven in Musgrave Road. In 1972 it moved premises to trade as Ray Hughes Gallery on Enoggera Terrace. In February 1985 a second gallery was opened in Sydney in the Jersey Road space of the late Rudy Komon. In 1988, the principal gallery moved to its present location at 270 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills. The following year the gallery in Brisbane was closed and the Sydney gallery continued to show the work of prominent Queensland artists through the 1990s until present. In 1999 Ray Hughes first travelled to China and soon after began exhibiting the works of China’s emerging avant garde in the Sydney space. Today the gallery represents Australian, New Zealand and Chinese Contemporary artists as well as holding a significant stock of German Expressionist graphics.
From goat masala to Goan fish curry, Maya da Dhaba serves up a rich blend of spices and traditional recipes from across India. Relaxed and inviting, the restaurant is both fully licenced and BYO. Maya Da Dhaba, is a fun, relaxing and inviting atmosphere where you can dine and celebrate corporate, holiday and special events.