Best Art Galleries around Sydney's Lower North Shore

Feeling stuck for things to do on a rainy day like this? If you love anything arty and happen to be on Sydney's lower north shore, you will love checking out these local art galleries in Chatswood and Willoughby that support local artists. Come away feeling refreshed and inspired. 

Ewart Gallery Workshop Arts Centre in Willoughby

Address: 33 Laurel St, Willoughby 

Cost: Free

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.30 am - 4.30 pm. Sat 10 am - 3 pm. Closed on Sun and public holidays.

The Ewart Gallery is located within the Workshop Arts Centre. The gallery provides opportunities for members and students to display their artworks to the general public. It aims to promote the works of emerging and established artists, and Willoughby as an arts hub. The gallery had fantastic regular art exhibitions throughout the year, such as Artsphere (now currently finished) which displays the works of the students from Judith White's classes, including paintings, sculpture and works on paper.

Here are some of my favourite works from the recent Artsphere art exhibition.

Sylvia Davies' artworks 'The Cahill' and 'Under the Arches'

As a photographer, I love the different aspects of the Sydney Harbour Bridge shown in her artworks. I can see the beautiful colour combinations here too. It's lovely to see the pink and orange hues featuring on the left go together with the blue hues featured on the right. This was painted with acrylic and mix media. 
Sylvia Davies' artworks 'The Cahill' and 'Under the Arches' exhibited at the Artsphere art exhibition at the Ewart Gallery in Willoughby, Sydney

Above: Sylvia Davies' 'The Cahill' and 'Under the Bridge'.

Carolyn Muir's artworks 'Manly Wharf'

Carolyn Muir's 'Manly Wharf' caught my attention because I used to catch the ferry occasionally. I vaguely remember sitting there enjoying the water views through these glass windows. The artist used graphite and ink on paper which creates a nice dreamy and soft look. The waterfront architecture featured here somewhat reminded me of the Kirribilli apartments.

Carolyn Muir artwork 'Manly Wharf' exhibited at The Ewart Art Gallery in Willoughby, Sydney

Above: Carolyn Muir's 'Manly Wharf'. 

Getting to Ewart Art Gallery 

Via public transport

Catch any bus that stops along Willoughby Road near Laurel Street.

Via car

Street parking available on Laurel Street and other surrounding streets.


Art Space on the Concourse at Chatswood

Address: 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood.

Cost: Free

Opening Hours: Wed-Fri 11 am-5 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am-4 pm.

A professional gallery space exhibiting high quality arts, crafts, cultural and design. This gallery space is currently exhibiting local school student artworks from the 2021 NSW HSC students curated by Willoughby Council. The selected artworks explores a range of subject matters, including the environment, mental health, gender, LGBTQIA, immigration, relationships and impacts of the coronavirus. 

Here are some of students' artworks that caught my eye.

Stephanie Loker 'Tidal'

As a regular swimmer, I was drawn to the digital photographs featuring what it's like to swim amongst the waves and swirling water at the beach. I think the arrangement of the images is cleverly done because it represents the moving nature of the ocean waves. I can feel myself rejuvenated while ocean swimming. 

Stephanie Loker's 'Tidal' exhibited at the Smart Expressions Art Exhibition at Art Space on the Concourse in Chatswood, Sydney

Above: Stephanie Loker 'Tidal'. 

Chanel Kuo's 'Anthozoa'

I was amazed by the colour combinations and the amount of detail shown in Chanel Kuo's 'Anthozoa' painted in watercolour. Each of these artworks features the diversity of marine vertebrates. I can see how beautiful, fragile and delicate these coral reef organisms are. It's also interesting to see each of these artworks in a square matt with a circle window. I feel as if I'm look at these creatures through a scope. 

Chanel Kuo's 'Anthozoa' exhibited in the Smart Expressions Art Exhibition at Art Space on the Concourse in Chatswood, SydneyAbove: Chanel Kuo's 'Anthozoa'. 


Getting to the Art Space on the Concourse

Via public transport

Walk from the Chatswood Interchange, which has train, bus and metro terminals, past Chatswood Mall and onto Victoria Ave. 

Via car

Onsite parking available at the Concourse. Enter the carpark via Archer Street onto Ferguson Lane. Parking spaces also available in nearby Endeavour and Spring Streets.


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Karen is the creative founder and photographer of Let There Be Life Photo. She loves capturing Sydney and creating happy memories for lovers of Sydney. She turns beautiful images into wall art prints for Sydney lovers. Check out more of her Sydney photos featuring Sydney Harbour, Cremorne Point, Balmoral Beach and the eastern suburbs in Sydney. 

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