Welcome to Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf where we invite you to explore, discover and engage with the arts.
Explore the four gallery spaces that house a range of diverse shows focusing on contemporary art, including Woollahra Council’s internationally acclaimed award for small sculpture, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize.
Discover the History of this significant building that sits within the beautiful grounds of the Redleaf precinct, including Blackburn Gardens and Murray Rose Pool.
Engage with our Artist in Residence program, events and workshops that all take place within the Cultural Hub on the ground floor.
Message from the Mayor
We are so looking forward to welcoming you to one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in our local area. Our new gallery offers residents and visitors a fantastic program of exhibitions and cultural experiences, showcasing the work of established and emerging artists.
Located next door to the Woollahra Council Chambers on New South Head Road, Double Bay, overlooking Blackburn Gardens and Murray Rose Pool, the first floor of the gallery will feature free admission to a diverse selection of contemporary Australian art and rotating exhibitions, and the lower floor will host a range of artist talks, events and an artist-in-residence program.
This building has a long and fascinating history, and its unique heritage and character have been preserved. Built as a private home in 1897, the Council purchased the building in 1951 and is most recently remembered as Double Bay Library. Building work started in 2020, converting the old Double Bay library building into a state-of-the-art modern gallery, including a lift offering access from the road to the gallery. The gallery is an extension of the Council’s strong commitment to cultural development.
Councillor Susan Wynne
Mayor of Woollahra
Locals will remember the space was previously the home of the treasured Double Bay Library before its relocation to Kiaora Place, Double Bay. Its rich and diverse history starts in 1897 when English architect Frederick Moore Simpson built St Brigid’s for the Lasseter Family. The building is one of the few remaining mid-nineteenth century harbour foreshore mansions.
Through its lifetime, this significant heritage building has been home to many local families, the headquarters for the Royal Commission on Espionage and a community-gathering place as the Woollahra Arts Centre.
We celebrate its history in a collaborative space for all to connect with and be enriched by the arts.
Discover more about our History
Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf features a rich and diverse annual exhibition program.
The gallery exhibits some of Woollahra Council's own exhibitions, such as the acclaimed Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and the Youth Photographic Award and Short Film Prize, but the majority of the exhibitions are by a range of diverse artists from the local community and beyond, selected by Expression of Interest.
Discover more about our Programming
The Cultural Hub sits on the lower level of the gallery and offers a range of arts and cultural opportunities for all to engage with. The program compliments the gallery and provides a holistic art and cultural centre.
Home to the Woollahra Artist in Residence Program, the space also offers the community a variety of accessible spaces for hire for arts and cultural uses including workshops, mini exhibitions, film screenings, book and art clubs. The Cultural Hub has a dedicated Studio Room available to hire for podcast and video editing as well as a Wet Room facility.
The ground floor can be accessed via an accessible glass lift from New South Head Road Street level or via picturesque Blackburn Gardens.
Discover more about The Cultural Hub
We invite you to spend some time exploring our beautiful harbourside location. Take a swim at Murray Rose Pool, leap from the pontoons, visit the beachside café or picnic in Blackburn Gardens. Come spend the day.