Monday, Dec. 21, 2009

8. Surry Hills Galleries

"Art is the thrilling spark that beats death, that's all." So said the late Brett Whiteley, whose wayward brilliance can still be seen at the Brett Whiteley Studio, tel: (61-2) 9225 1740, in arts hub Surry Hills. Unfinished paintings, art equipment and books remain, as does a graffiti wall covered with quotes and images. For the spark of emerging artists, see the nearby First Draft Gallery, tel: (61-2) 9698 3665. When you're done gallery browsing, grab a flat white and a standout brunch at Four Ate Five, or try Reuben Hills' aptly named brothel sandwich in honor of some of the area's more wanton residents.