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Brett Whiteley Studio Handbook

Launch - Thursday 13 December, 6pm
at the Brett Whiteley Studio
2 Raper Street, Surry Hills

Brett in the Studio

The first book on the studios of Brett Whiteley will be launched at the Brett Whiteley Studio on Thursday 13 December, 6pm. The book is a pictorial history of the artist’s studios throughout his life. It features photographs never published before, a recent interview with Wendy Whiteley and an essay by the Head of Australian Art, Barry Pearce entitled the artist and the creative space.

The studios range from his childhood home conversion of the greenhouse in Longueville, Sydney; the Chelsea Hotel, New York; the Lavender Bay home; and his last residence and workplace in Surry Hills where he lived from 1987-1992, which is now the Brett Whiteley Studio Museum.

The book includes many family photographs of the artist at work, excerpts from his 1960s diary including his thoughts and ideas on art and Europe and many fascinating quotes from those who know him.

Brett Whiteley Studio Handbook
180 pages with some 150 photographs and colour plates
Interview with Wendy Whiteley
Essay by Barry Pearce, Head curator Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Published by the Art Gallery of New South Wales this publication has been supported by the Brett Whiteley Foundation and JPMorgan, the principal sponsor of the Brett Whiteley Studio.

The Brett Whiteley Studio is nestled amongst the cafes and laneways, warehouses and terraces of the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills. The studio offers a rare and intimate insight into the art and life of one of the most celebrated and intensely creative artists of 20th century Australia.

The Brett Whiteley Studio is managed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

JP Morgan 

Principal sponsor of the Brett Whiteley Studio


On view:Brett Whiteley Studio
2 Raper Street,Surry Hills
Sydney Australia
Telephone:(02) 9225 1744 or (02) 9225 1881
Hours:Saturdays & Sundays only, 10am to 4pm
Media Information and Interviews:Claire Martin
(02) 9225 1734 or 0414 437 588

IMAGE CREDIT: Brett Whiteley in Raper Street studio, late 1980s. © Damian McGrath