Brett Whiteley Studio celebrates 20 years

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Art Gallery of New South Wales on Tuesday 17 February 2015.

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With today marking the 20th anniversary of the Brett Whiteley Studio, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Wendy Whiteley are thrilled to announce that the Studio will officially come under the Gallery’s ownership. Previously the Studio was owned by the New South Wales Government and managed by the Gallery.

The transfer of title presents great promise for the continued vitality of the Studio, and attests to the Gallery’s commitment to carrying on Brett’s legacy to future generations of art lovers.

A generous donation of $2 million by Wendy Whiteley has allowed for extended opening hours (open Friday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm) as well as extra programming at the Studio, and further curatorial and research support. Funded by the Beryl Whiteley Estate, the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship will also increase from $25,000 to $30,000.

In honour of the anniversary, the Gallery will hold an open day event at the much-loved arts space on Saturday 21 February 2015. The open day will celebrate Brett Whiteley’s contribution to Australian art and will feature live music, food and drink and talks by Wendy Whiteley, contemporary artist Ben Quilty, Art Gallery of NSW head curator of Australian art Wayne Tunnicliffe, and author of the newly released Brett Whiteley: drawings Lou Klepac.

Art Gallery of NSW director Michael Brand said: ’We are hugely honoured to officially welcome the Brett Whiteley Studio as part of the Gallery and are greatly appreciative of the extraordinarily generous support of Wendy Whiteley. Brett was a creative force like no other in Australia, and this makes the Studio a tremendously special place for our local and national arts community. A window into his intimate world, the Studio is critical to his enduring legacy.’

Brett and Wendy Whiteley first bought the former Surry Hills warehouse in 1985, converting it into a studio and exhibition space where Brett lived and worked from 1988 until his death in 1992. The space opened to the public in 1995, two years after it was purchased by the NSW Government.

The Brett Whiteley Studio offers visitors the unique opportunity to experience the atmosphere of the artist’s working space, with paintings, art materials, his collection of art books and objects that inspired him, alongside the graffiti wall covered with quotes and images.

Event: Brett Whiteley Studio 20th-anniversary open day
Date: Saturday 21 February 2015
Time: 10am – 4pm
Address: Brett Whiteley Studio, 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills NSW