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About UNSW Galleries

UNSW Galleries brings together the work of leading Australian and international practitioners, curators and writers working in the fields of contemporary art and design.

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UNSW Galleries stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples. We recognise the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of this site and acknowledge them as the first artists to inhabit this Land. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and extend this respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of Australia.

UNSW Galleries brings together the work of leading Australian and international practitioners, curators, and writers working in the fields of contemporary art and design. It is a space for the presentation and interpretation of contemporary visual and material culture, and a site for gathering and conversation. The program stresses the importance of learning through exhibition-making, using integrated projects and events across the year to engage audiences in conversation with commentators from a range of disciplines.

Celebrating Ten Years

In 2023, UNSW Galleries celebrates a decade of exhibition-making and community engagement. The gallery opened in 2013, building on the legacy of the former Ivan Dougherty Gallery (1977–2009), which under the leadership of the late Nick Waterlow OAM played an influential role in Australian and international contemporary art and culture. Since then, UNSW Galleries has supported over 1000 artists, designers, curators, and writers across 100 projects, and has welcomed over 200,000 visitors through its doors.

UNSW Galleries is a member of University Art Museums Australia (UAMA).


UNSW Galleries is located at the entrance to the UNSW Art & Design campus in Paddington, 5 minutes from the CBD of Sydney.


Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd
Paddington NSW 2021
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Wed — Fri: 10am–5pm
Sat – Sun: 12pm – 5pm
(Closed Public Holidays)

If you have any questions regarding access to exhibitions or programs, please get in touch by contacting us on email or phone.


UNSW Galleries is wheelchair and pram accessible. The gallery entrance is located on the ground level of F Block, next to the Arthouse Kitchen café. The upper level of UNSW Galleries is accessible via elevator. Please advise staff at reception and they will provide directions and access. All service animals are welcome at UNSW Galleries.

Getting To Us

333, 378, 380, M40
(1-minute walk from Oxford Street bus stops)

Kings Cross Station, Museum Station
(10 – 15-minute walk through Darlinghurst)

Bike racks are located by the UNSW Art & Design main gate on Napier St

There are two wheelchair access parking spots in the university car park, entry at Gate 3 via Greens Rd near Albion Avenue. Metered parking is available on Napier St and Greens Rd near Albion Ave, and limited street parking is available on Oxford St.




Our Team


José Da Silva


José Da Silva has twenty years of curatorial and management experience in art museums and private and public sectors working across moving image, contemporary international art and performance.


Karen Hall

Exhibitions & Gallery Manager

Karen Hall has extensive experience working in key cultural organisations nationally and internationally. She was most recently Creative Producer of Exhibitions at the State Library of New South Wales (2015-2018).


Catherine Woolley

Curatorial & Public Engagement Officer

Catherine Woolley is an experienced arts professional and emerging curator with over six years' experience working in the visual arts sector.

UNSW Galleries Advisory Board 2023

Chair: Natalia Ottolenghi Bradshaw

Professor Claire Annesley

Suzanne Boccalatte

Alex Bowen

Gina Mobayed

Nicole Monks

David Redhill

Gemma Smith

2023 Program Partners