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S.H. Ervin Gallery

2 Watson Rd. | National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9258 0140
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Intrepid Women

This great exhibition of women's art from 1890-1950 runs until March 2018. There are some great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sydney, Australia
Nice place but not a lot on

I’ve passed it a few times on Observatory Hill and felt it was time to go in. Maybe check what’s on... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2017
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The S.H. Ervin Gallery is one of Sydney ’s leading public art institutions housed in the historic National Trust Centre on Observatory Hill, The Rocks in Sydney. The Gallery’s exhibition program is designed to explore the richness and diversity of Australian art, both historical and contemporary, and present it in new contexts. The Gallery is renowned for encouraging research and promoting scholarly appraisal of artists from all periods of Australian art history. In addition, the S.H. Ervin Gallery has developed an excellent name for presenting important exhibitions and programs that recognise the valuable contribution made by Australian women artists. The Gallery building dates from 1856, when it was designed by Henry Robertson as additional classroom accommodation for the expanding Fort Street School (which later became Fort Street Girl’s School in 1916).The school operated on the site until the early 1970s. Around this time, philanthropist and collector, Samuel Henry Ervin offered a bequest for the establishment of a public art gallery committed to the display of Australian art. The National Trust secured the lease of the former Fort Street Girls’ School buildings from the NSW Department of Public Works. Following restoration of the buildings, the S.H. Ervin Gallery was officially opened in May 1978, by NSW Premier Neville Wran, with an exhibition of works by Conrad Martens. Exhibitions The S.H. Ervin Gallery hosts seven exhibitions each year, including travelling exhibitions, which focus on the work of Australian artists. The Gallery has presented major survey exhibitions of artists including Clarice Beckett, Albert Tucker, Violet Teague, Kathleen O'Connor, Margo Lewers, Jean Bellette, William Robinson and John Coburn. The S.H. Ervin Gallery also hosts popular annual shows including the Salon des Refuses: The alternative Archibald and Wynne Prize, and the Portia Geach Memorial Award for women artists. Gallery Location: We are accessible by car from Upper Fort Street only, not the Bradfield Highway
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2 Watson Rd. | National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9258 0140
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This great exhibition of women's art from 1890-1950 runs until March 2018. There are some great paintings from artists like Marie Tuck, Evelyn Chapman and others who should be household names but, although their paintings are owned by the Art Gallery of NSW, they are...More

Thank alisonsoutter
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

I’ve passed it a few times on Observatory Hill and felt it was time to go in. Maybe check what’s on first as I got the Portia Geach prize, with about 30 feminist portraits. Some were brilliant, some just used feminist themes to cover up...More

Thank mrdom
Reviewed 4 March 2017

A very pleasant walk through the Rocks and then ascending the stairs of the Argyle Cut, you reach the Gallery which was once part of Fort St Girls High. The Margaret Olley exhibition was delightful and beautifully presented. There were also a number of art...More

Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We visited this gallery to view the Margaret Ollie exhibition and were delighted to find it in such a unique location. The heritage building is very beautiful and in an amazing location. The staff were friendly and helpful.More

Thank harrytravellers
SHErvinGallery, Curatorial Assistant at S.H. Ervin Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2017

Dear Harrytravellers, We are very happy that you enjoyed not only the Olley exhibition, but our heritage venue and location as well. We have six exhibitions a year focusing on Australian art and in particular Australian contemporary art. We hope you will come and visit...More

Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

At a friend's suggestion we met at the QVB and then walked to the Ervin gallery to view the Margaret Olley exhibition. The walk up through the rocks was lovely and the view en route spectacular with vistas across the harbour. The lady in charge...More

Thank Jenny S
SHErvinGallery, Curatorial Assistant at S.H. Ervin Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2017

Dear Jenny, On behalf of the Director of the S. H. Ervin Gallery and the National Trust (NSW), I thank you for the positive feedback on your visit. We are happy you had an enjoyable experience at the Gallery and cafe. We hope that you...More

Reviewed 16 December 2016

A competitive exhibition of portraits by Australian women artists was currently on display. A great selection of paintings in different media in different styles by women artists both established and upcoming. The gallery has a program of different exhibitions throughout the year exhibiting only Australian...More

Thank Antony S
Reviewed 2 October 2016

We are regular visitors to the Gallery for new exhibitions, and enjoy the professionalism of the volunteers and the excellent displays of artworks. However we have given up on the cafe. It is in a pleasant spot next to the gallery and should be ideal...More

1  Thank BillT146
Reviewed 26 June 2016

On February 17 at 12.30 I took my niece to lunch at the Gallery Cafe. The only table for two was at the rear beside the door. We waited some time, there were few waitresses and none came near us so I went to the...More

2  Thank Chrissy67_13
Reviewed 17 January 2016

Perched on the top of Observatory Hill in Sydney's The Rocks area is a wonderful art gallery and cafe run under the auspices of the National Trust. It's a wonderful old building that in the early days was a hospital. The exhibition space is open...More

Thank Bill Y
Reviewed 11 December 2015

The S.H. Ervin Gallery belongs to the Australian National Trust and is situated on Observatory Hill above The Rocks. It is hard to find the road to it but worth the trouble! They have very good small exhibitions of art and have a cafe attached...More

1  Thank kvcoventry
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