Visit the new Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf

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Visit the new Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf
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Published 4 November 2021

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.

The spectacular view of Redleaf Beach

20th Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

The diamond jewel in the Gallery’s crown is the inaugural exhibition featuring the finalists of the 20th Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. This exhibit, which runs until 5 December, features 52 works - each measuring up to 80cm in any dimension - by artists from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom alongside the Council’s collection of 19 previous winning works from the Prize.

The winner of the 20th Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is Rhonda Sharpe with her sculpture Desert Woman with Mustache, Coolamen and Pretty Clothes. The sculptures are available to purchase on the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize website.

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Desert Woman with Mustache, Coolamen and Pretty Clothes by 20th Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Winner Rhonda Sharpe

The judging panel, comprised of Dr Lara Strongman, Joanna Capon OAM and Jenny Kee AO was unanimous. “Shortlisting from such a large and diverse field of creative entries, was quite difficult. But selecting the winner was comparatively easy, and a unanimous decision," Strongman said.

Winner Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
2021 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Judge, Joanna Capon OAM with Gallery Coordinator, Sebastian Goldspink and the winning work.

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.

Cultural Centre

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.

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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 gallery accessible for everyone who wants to enjoy our local art and history. The installation of the 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.

Woollahra Gallery Lift
Could this be the most scenic lift in Sydney? Come and see for yourself.

Visit The Gallery

Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf is open from 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

Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf signage

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