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Top 5 Contemporary Art Galleries in Australia

By: Karen Cooke

Australia is home to many contemporary art galleries, making it ideal for those thinking of combining a luxury holiday with art. Whether your interest lies in ceramics, sculpture, painting or one of the new media technologies, Australia has galleries to suit you.

Here are our top 5 contemporary art galleries in Australia:

1. The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Situated on Brisbane's South Bank, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art is considered to be one of Australia's leaders in the modern art field. It was opened in December 2006 and focuses on trends in the art world of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The Gallery is fostering alliances with the Asia-Pacific region by hosting the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. This has become a major event on the international and national arts calendar. Relationships with Indigenous communities in Queensland are being strengthened by profiling Indigenous Australian artwork.

The Premier of Queensland's National New Media Art Award exhibition showcases new works across many technologies. The artists of these works use a variety of innovative and challenging approaches to the use of computer-based art, video, artificial intelligence, digital animation.

The Award exhibition showcases new works by artists that express challenging and innovative approaches to the use of media including video, digital animation and gaming, computer-based art, artificial intelligence, and other sound and communication new media technologies.

2. Jam Factory, Adelaide

The Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design, situated in Adelaide's West End Arts Precinct, has four on-site studios and is a leading centre in its field. Established and emerging artists are able to design, produce, exhibit and sell their work at the Jam Factory. Visitors can view artists in action, whether your taste is in glass, metal design, ceramics or furniture. Contemporary craft is exhibited in three gallery spaces and the glass-blowing has a viewing platform within the glass studio.

A scheduled tour of the four studios is highly recommended as this enables you to gain an insight to behind the scenes. If you like the idea of a hands-on experience in the glass studio, the Jam Factory holds regular glass blowing workshops.

3. Linden-Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda

Linden-Centre for Contemporary Arts is located in Acland Street, the vibrant heart of St Kilda. This unique, not-for-profit contemporary art gallery is aptly housed in an historical building, adding to the cultural atmosphere. If you would like to experience contemporary art in a friendly relaxed atmosphere, then Linden is well worth visiting.

The Linden-Centre has implemented the Innovators Program, creating opportunities for innovative and uncompromising art to be presented in an environment that is both professional and accessible.

The vision for this gallery, which encourages audiences to enjoy and support contemporary art, is to be an evolving centre for the creation and presentation of contemporary art.

4. Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

Melbourne's best known contemporary art gallery, the Australian Center for Contemporary Art (ACCA) has become one of the best tourist attractions in Melbourne due to its uniqueness. Even the building with its distinctive rusty steel façade is acknowledged as a fine example of contemporary art. This contrasts with the foyer which is a combination of metal and glass surfaces. The ACCA on Melbourne's South Bank is something all art lovers must see when visiting Melbourne.

This major contemporary art gallery is a dynamic public art space that upholds visually creative, challenging, innovative art forms of the present day. Floor presentations by artists, along with workshops and seminars, are some of the facilities provided to encourage interest in contemporary art.

This centre is home to some of the best artworks from Australia and overseas. The ACCA does not just promote and display the work of upcoming and established artists; it also sells the works on a commission basis, allowing you the opportunity to own the art that takes your fancy.

5. Ray Hughes Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney

Ray Hughes Gallery has been situated at its current location in Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, for twenty years. This gallery holds graphics of German Expressionists, as well as representing contemporary artists from China, New Zealand and Australia.

Some of the art displayed in the Ray Hughes Gallery includes sculpture, paintings, ceramics and collages. This gallery is definitely worth visiting when in Sydney if you are interested in modern art.

With such a diverse range of art on display across the countryScience Articles, art lovers can combine art exhibitions with luxury travel all year round.

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About the Author:

Karen Cooke is a professional consultant with Travel Associates, an exclusive Australian travel agency catering to the premium travel market. More helpful travel tips and suggestions are available at http://www.travel-associates.com.au.