The Savvy Globe Trotter, Tatyana Leonov, explores Sydney’s hidden gems.
I travel often and do all kinds of cool things – but rarely in Sydney. When I’m home I spend my weekends hanging out… at home. I might head out for brunch at a funky café, but then I’m more inclined to unwind at my place, reading the papers, drinking too much coffee – usual weekend stuff.
To break up a (somewhat unexciting) routine, my hubby and I decided to go on a mini break in Sydney. We packed mini suitcases and drove (all of 20 minutes) to the InterContinental Hotel for our weekend stay. We wanted somewhere central, convenient, and with a good view (the room had a great view, but the panoramic view from the Club InterContinental Lounge was tops!)
We also lucked out because David Patt, chef concierge at the hotel, was working – and David knows his Sydney stuff! He’s worked at the hotel since 1998 and had so many recommendations for us – especially seeing as we decided to completely wing the weekend (something else we rarely do). We wanted hidden gems, and David gave us Chippendale on a plate.
“I recently discovered a most surprising gem in the creative arts precinct in Chippendale. This up-and-coming creative area has added variety to Sydney’s arts scene, blending beautifully into the cultural landscape of the city, while complementing other local art hubs like Paddington and Woollahra,” – David.
And so we did as told – and headed to artsy Chippendale, and discovered some pretty cool spaces, each doing their own unique thing,NG Art Gallery
Housed in a 19th century Gothic revival building (which was once a church), it’s impressive before you even enter. Inside is even cooler.
Gallery owner, Nicky Ginsberg, has an infectious energy and is so happy to chat about the contemporary art works in her gallery – and about the scene in Chippendale. She wears another hat as the director of the Chippendale Creative Precinct, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2010 to promote the BEAM cultural creative hub.
3 Little Queen Street, Chippendale NSW 2008, 02 9318 2992White Rabbit Gallery
Really funky and fun contemporary Chinese art over a few levels. Some of it inspires, some of it gets you thinking, some of it is just plain weird (but in a kooky-cool way). The best bit? Stroll down the stairs and sit yourself down in the on site café for homemade dumplings and Chinese tea.
30 Balfour Street, Chippendale NSW 2008, 02 8399 2867
This gallery is a bit different, as it’s a commercial space designed for real art aficionados. Established in 2012 by cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his wife Sara Leonardi-McGrath, and curated by Kristia D. Moises, the focus here is representation of mid-career international and Australian artists. Depending on who’s being featured you might see stunning photography works, paintings, sculptures and more.
45 Chippen Street, Chippendale NSW 2008, 02 9698 8177
BEAMS Art Festival
A one-night-only free festival will be held across five laneways in Chippendale, from 5pm-10pm on September 21.
It’s a great way to get amongst the creativity. In its second year, the festival is headed up by Nicky Ginsberg (owner of NG Art Gallery) and will feature more than 250 Sydney creatives and their works – from beat boxers and graffiti artists, to dancers, sculptors and singers.
About the Savvy Globe Trotter
Tatyana Leonov is a writer, editor, avid traveller and determined dreamer. She’s mastered (beginners’) yoga in Goa, partied with Russia’s elite in a Moscow club, sampled local delicacies all around the world (including a camel burger in Morocco and guinea pig in Peru), trekked to Nepal’s Annapurna Base Camp in Havaianas and had a short-lived career as a Bollywood star.
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