The new Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf is open and we are so excited for you to visit.
The majestic home of Sydney’s newest public art gallery, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf, is the architecturally reworked 122-year-old St Brigid’s building overlooking Sydney Harbour in Double Bay. Many Woollahra Council residents would fondly remember this site as the treasured Double Bay library, which relocated to its modern premises at Kiaora Place.
Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf is set to be the heart of a new cultural precinct, including the Council Chambers built in 1863, the picturesque Blackburn Gardens, Murray Rose Pool, Redleaf Beach and kiosk and will present a year-round program of contemporary art exhibitions, artist residencies and public programs.
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
The Gallery is home to Woollahra Council's internationally acclaimed award for small sculpture; Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize.
Desert Woman with Mustache, Coolamen and Pretty Clothes by 20th Anniversary Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Winner Rhonda Sharpe
Meet Our Gallery Coordinator
The exhibition program for Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf is led by respected curator Sebastian Goldspink in his role as Gallery Coordinator. A proud descendant of the Burramattagal people of Western Sydney, Sebastian is also the curator of the 2022 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art and was a co-founder of ALASKA Projects in Kings Cross.
"It’s an honour to be involved in the launch of this new gallery and to be returning to work in the building that I learnt to read in as a child in its former use as the Double Bay Library. It was a special place for myself, and many people who grew up in the area. I have a definitive connection with the building and the local community it has always supported. I look forward to working closely with artists, curators and the team to deliver a dynamic and accessible art space that showcases the deep love and history of art in the East. A place that fosters opportunities for artists to generate new creative memories for future generations," said Sebastian Goldspink.
The heritage building that houses the new Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf has been restored to create four high calibre exhibition spaces while keeping all of the original details including crown moulding, arched windows and original wooden flooring. Spread across two levels, the gallery will also include spaces for community activity and for digital and new media art practice, including a podcast room.
The downstairs cultural hub situated below the gallery will become the new home for the established Woollahra Artist in Residence Program. The program provides rent-free, non-residential unfurnished studios for artists to work in. The first round of artist residencies will feature artists Susan Baird, Penelope Cain, Rox De Luca, Wendy Yu and Sharon Billinge. The cultural hub will run selected Council-led cultural and creative programs available for the community to visit or hire for use.
The tranquil grounds of the Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf
Lift With A View
The precinct boasts a brand new gorgeous glass elevator, which was installed thanks to funding support from a NSW Government grant. Not only does the lift offer some of the best views in Sydney, it also makes the new gallery accessible for everyone who wants to enjoy our local art and history. The installation of this glass elevator provides access to both floors from New South Head Road, allowing us to create a space for all to enjoy! Additional accessibility features include a hearing loop and braille and tactile signage.
Could this be the most scenic lift in Sydney? Come and see for yourself.
Visit The Gallery
Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf is open Wednesday - Friday, 10am - 6pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 5pm. 548 New South Head Road, Double Bay. Admission is free. Follow us on instagram @woollahragallery #woollahragallery
If you’d like to register your interest for the volunteering program, complete and return the volunteer application form.