Working in a hectic job and city can take its toll. Ease up and unwind as you take a short stroll through the spectacular Domain park lands to the iconic Art Gallery of NSW for a relaxed cultural evening.
Conveniently run each Wednesday evening to break up your hectic week Art After Hours provides weekly programs of music, performances, films and talks.
Domain park situated on the edge of Sydney's city. image: interdean.com
The Art Gallery of NSW was built in stages beginning in 1896 with Walter Veron's classic early Greek style, reflecting beauty of the period. Thracyte and freestone were used in the facade with the interior divided into our halls by pillared archways. Great care and consideration to lighting and wall colours for the artworks to be presented at their most impressive light.
In 1972 an east wing was added and in 1988 was extended further which was used for temporary exhibitions and Asian art with an outdoor sculpture garden. More space was provided in 1994 housing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture.
This east wing built in a contemporary design showcases floor to ceiling glass walls giving spectacular views over Woolloomooloo and Sydney's harbour.
The Gallery's basement storage level became more exhibition space in 2008 when an offsite storage facility was built. The Art Gallery presently has a total display area of 11,000 square metres for you to wander and ponder.
The Gallery shop allows you to browse through great classic books, DVD's, posters and gift ware to purchase or enjoy a meal or coffee looking out over the night lights of Woolloomooloo in the cafe open till 8.45pm.
Art After Hours program begins at 5.15pm to 9pm each Wednesday evening. The program is quite diverse with around 12 guided tours, lectures, talks, workshops and music in the art bar to choose from each night. As you can see, there is something for all tastes and fascinations.
Most are free to participate apart from some lectures. Check the website for each weekly programs, areas where running and fees if any.
Here are some examples of what you can expect from this wonderful relaxing evening away from work.
Painting Plumb Blossoms free drop in workshop - imagine framing your own artwork knowing you created it in the hall of great artists. Origami Japanese Paper Folding Workshop - Impress your work colleagues with your paper crane with this free workshop. Japanese Tea Ceremony free drop in workshop - ditch the chocolate cake and lattes with your friends and give them a cultural experience.
. Australian Symbolism Guided Tour - Now here is your chance to brush your Australian Art knowledge. Diploma Lecture Series - Do you want to expand your mind and knowledge, then attend this series on Absolutism to enlightenment, Europe art and culture 1665-1765.
So instead of racing home after work feeling stressed, take that short stroll on Wednesday evenings and enjoy a cultural experience. Maybe you could type in a few more qualifications to your resume for your next job.