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S.H. Ervin Gallery

2 Watson Rd. | National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61292580140
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Well worth a visit

A very pleasant walk through the Rocks and then ascending the stairs of the Argyle Cut, you reach... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
CJBTT
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Sydney, Australia
Perfect Exhibition Area

We visited this gallery to view the Margaret Ollie exhibition and were delighted to find it in such... read more

Reviewed 4 February 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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Hours Today: 11:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2 Watson Rd. | National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Reviewed 3 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

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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

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SHErvinGallery, Curatorial Assistant at S.H. Ervin Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 6 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 30 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 16 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 10 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
Reviewed 25 August 2015

The S H Ervin Gallery is a great gallery, volunteers are helpful and warm. The Trust Cafe associated with the gallery wrecked our visit. On our last visit, the staff, both management and waitress, were unusually rude to us. This had actually happened not just...More

3  Thank Jane B
Reviewed 30 November 2014

This is not the easiest gallery in the world to get to, and it's safe to say most Sydney residents do not go to it as often as they could/should. You have to go down toward The Rocks and circle around a bit, by car...More

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