Hidden in the maze of Surry Hills streets, studio and home – turned museum and art gallery of celebrated artist Brett Whiteley is something every Sydneysider should at least pretend know about. It’s a serene space of art, meaning, representation and feeling. A special privilege granted to those who wander through its doors, the gallery presents a compelling portrait of the mind of a genius. Look out for the two matchsticks, one burnt, one fresh – a snapshot into a man whose life and work reminds you that every match burns brightly until it’s extinguished. An ethereal drop suspended amongst endless streets, shops and balconies.
2 Raper St, Surry Hills. 9225 1881. artgallery.nsw.gov.au/brett-whiteley-studio
By Vamshika Bakshi