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Image: Biljana Jancic, Exit Strategies, 2016. CCTV camera, image splitter, 5 channel video projection. Photo by Ian Hobbs.

Galleries and exhibitions

Showcasing works to the University and broader arts communities

At Sydney College of the Arts we have an active gallery program of exhibitions featuring works by Australian and international contemporary visual artists and designers, staff, students and graduates.

Please note: in light of COVID-19 please continue to check this page for updates to the gallery opening hours. We look forward to welcoming you to the show. Get in touch to book your visit,

Our galleries are an important resource and educational platform for students and staff. Through our galleries we offer opportunities to experience the curatorial process, to prepare and deliver an exhibition, and to build professional and academic networks.

The galleries also provide a space for staff and visiting professional artists, scholars and curators to develop, experiment and present research and artistic works to the college and broader arts communities.

By providing access to a range of challenging and innovative exhibitions and events, the galleries contribute signficantly to the public's understanding and appreciation of contemporary art.

2020 Gallery program

Jonny Niesche, ‘Mirror ball (magenta halo)’, 2020. Polycarbonate mirror, Voile, Mdf, steel cable, mirror ball motor. Courtesy of the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery Sydney.

The Gymnasium

Exhibition: Monday 3 to Saturday 29 August.

Artists: Vicky Browne, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Eugene Choi, Dean Cross, Daniel Hollier, Jonny Niesche, Jelena Teclecki, Koji Ryui & Kai Wasikowski.

Curated by Liam Garstang.

Titled after the site’s legacy, the gallery’s inaugural exhibition pays tribute to the fitting reuse of a generously proportioned gymnasium. For as Eric Chaline notes in The Temple of Perfection: A History of the Gym, the gymnasium functions not only as a place of psychical pursuit but also a “place that assembled the artistic and the political, the enlightened and the reactionary, touching on many areas of life, culture, and society.”

Situated in a space that has long brought diverse communities together, The Gymnasium brings together a varied group of artists connected by their shared history as SCA Alumni. 
Across the show performative and kinetic artworks speak to ideas of endurance and action, while others have been resolved through attentive and meticulous application of purpose. 
A celebration of a new kind of rigour, The Gymnasium is a fitting relaunch of the former Old Teachers’ College gymnasium towards future aspirations.

Chris Dolman, The Sun is Setting, installation detail. Winner 2019 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship. Photo: Silversalt.
Courtesy of the artist.

The Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarship 2020

Announcement: To find out who is this year’s recipient of the $10,000.00 emerging and the $30,000.00 mid-career/established scholarship, tune into the Sydney College of the Arts Instagram (@sca_sydney) at 6pm, Thursday 1 October.
Exhibition: Friday 2 October – Friday 13 November.
Email to book your visit.

Artists: Clare Milledge, Mel O’Callaghan, Honi Ryan, Huseyin Sami, Yasmin Smith, Zan Wimberley, Kate Brown, Cybele Cox, Kalanjay Dhir, Harley Ives, Kai Wasikowski.
The Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarship supports SCA graduates who are practising, professional artists working in any discipline through support for professional development facilitated by travel. There are two scholarship categories; emerging and mid-career/established. Selected by an independent panel of judges, applicants are assessed on their initial proposal and the associated exhibition of the finalists’ work. Recipients in each category will be announced at the exhibition opening.

Past recipients include: Chris Dolman (2019), Penelope Cain (2018), Nick Dorey (2017), Biljana Jancic (2016), Julian Day (2015), Jonny Niesche (2014), Vicky Browne (2013), Mark Shorter (2012), Alana Hunt (2011) and Justene Williams (2010).

SCA Undergraduate Degree Show

Exhibition: Wednesday 9 - Sunday 13 December, 12 - 4pm.
Bookings: Due to COVID, visitors must register their attendance in advance. Please book your visit online.

At the end of each academic year we celebrate our graduating cohort and the culmination of their collective research and practice based outcomes. We invite you to come and see this year's Graduation Show and enjoy the work of our students completing the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours). Over thirty works will be on display from studio areas including: Screen Arts, Photography, Painting, Printmedia, Sculpture, Ceramics, Glass and Jewellery and Object.

SCA Gallery

Opening hours:
11am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. Via appointment only.