The Gallery

TAP Gallery The Artist’s Paradise


In three decades TAP has become one of Sydney’s best-known visual arts spaces. In that time we’ve helped a diverse spectrum of artists showcase their works, with notable Australian talent. TAP Art Gallery, is one of Sydney’s longest-running artist-run spaces, set in the Surry Hills area of Sydney. Established in 1990, it’s been at the heart and soul of Sydney’s burgeoning art scene for three decades, with regularly changing exhibits with the chance to meet and talk to the artists about their work. Its entirely uncurated open approach means that it gives artists of all genres a chance to exhibit or perform their work, making it one of the most exciting galleries to visit in Sydney. On the 16th of April 2022 there will be a Book Launch featuring interviews an artworks chronicling the 30 year history of TAP Gallery

Art Prizes

TAP stages many Annual art prizes giving artists of all abilities a chance to show their artwork

TAP Gallery hosts the following Art Prize Exhibitions annually:

February-March Mardi Gras – Outloud –  During Sydney Mardi Gras month. 8th March International Women’s Day Art Prize-  open to all female artists. June Pride  Art Prize-  during the PRIDE Festival Sydney June Real Refuses  – Rejects from the Archibald, Wynne & Sulman in the Art Gallery of NSW May Pyrmont Art Prize with food & wine festival November Head On – Nudes on TAP Photography Prize-  in conjunction with the HEADON Photo Festival and each year TAP will be Calling for Artists to enter their artworks.


Drawing classes are held on Mondays & any one is welcome to attend. Simply bring your own sketch pad & charcoals. Different professional artists models pose for the art class each week.

The painting classes are held on Fridays.

Painting the Nude Art Classes on Friday Night are rewarding tutored classes featuring a live nude model. All art materials are supplied including acrylic paint & canvas. You are guided by Lesley Dimmick BFA, OAM to completion with your very own artwork to take home. The class is set in a welcoming art gallery environment with changing exhibitions on display. The event is suitable for beginners to advanced and you can bring drinks & nibbles along. Many attendees come back again and this class comes highly recommended. This event is a great idea for celebrating birthdays or hen’s events and if you can muster your own group of 10 or more you can choose another night such as Saturday evening to hold your very own special night.

You can BUY A GIFT CARD for a special friend or loved one to attend the classes held every Monday & Friday evening at 7pm.

Unlock your creative spirit & let go of the working week with a rewarding & fun evening. TAP Gallery has contributed much to the arts community in Sydney for the last 30 years. It has gained a respected reputation and developed a strong community not only within the visual arts, but also the performing arts. It is a vibrant welcoming space for beginners & established artists. Bring a friend, a new romantic interest or just come alone. You will feel at home. Wine & nibbles are also complimentary at the art openings. Come and meet interesting people. Subscribe to our free newsletter on line. You are always most welcome to come to TAP Gallery.


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All artists are welcome to exhibit at TAP Gallery!

TAP Gallery stages Art Exhibitions, Film, Dance & Music Performances, Drawing classes, Hens Nights, Art Prizes, Book launches, Corporate functions, Weddings, Fashion shows and shoots as well as many other events both in and outside of the gallery.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

TAP Gallery promotes annual art prizes each year. These include prizes and awards supported by the City of Sydney, Sydney G &L Mardi Gras and  Women on Boards. As well as Judge’s Awards for many of the prizes, TAP Gallery include the public, so we always include a democratic People’s Choice Prize.


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Head On Photo Festival meeting at TAP Gallery


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Charity night with film raising funds for Beyond Blue.

The Gallery - Tap - Life Drawing/Sketch Club


every Monday night at 7pm for beginners to advanced.

(practice makes perfect)

With alternating male & female models

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TAP Gallery is available for hire weekly or nightly.

We are open every day 12-6pm. Don’t hesitate to call during these hours.


It never rains at TAP.

Save the stress & book your kids birthday indoors!




The Gallery – Tap

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Email: * Tel: 0400610440 .
Level 1, 259 Riley St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

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