• Aimee Stanyer

    This studio knocked me over.. I want to go back there and do a few days of drawing!!

  • FutureLIFEHCC71

    Brett Whitely

  • Francoise Nicoloff

    Brett Whiteley's beautiful studio

  • Josh Pitt

    The Brett Whiteley Studio - 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills; was the workplace and home of Australian artist Brett Whiteley (1939–92). Since 1995 it has been managed as a museum by the Art Gallery of NSW.

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