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TAP Gallery aims to provide an open policy, non-selective and non-profit exhibition space, giving artists and community groups the freedom of exhibiting without portfolio appraisal. TAP aims to provide a stepping-stone for emerging artists into commercial galleries. TAP also offers established artists the freedom of their own curatorial stance with its open policy. TAP aims to nurture all art forms including poetry readings, theatre recitals, educational lectures, short film nights and practical art classes. On a more general level, TAP provides assistance to artists of all ages, levels and mediums, by helping them to find a voice and a vocation in an environment that is conducive to community spirit without alienation and frustration, common in the arts.


New Address 259 RILEY ST SURRY HILLS (from Feb 2016)

E-mail info@tapgallery.org.au

Director Lesley Dimmick

Wheelchair Accessible Yes - ground floor only





For 23 years many of Australia’s foremost artists, including Andrew Logan, Carlos Barrios, Mark Hanham and James Powditch have launched their exciting careers in Taps Palmer St, Darlinghurst location. Tap moved to Surry Hillsin 2016.

The TAP Gallery’s vision is a simple one, and that is to support Sydney’s arts scene by providing a workable and an affordable space for artists to exhibit. TAP supports all forms of art at a grassroots level making it a popular destination for artists and art lovers alike, which exemplifies TAP as credited with being voted the Best Art Gallery in Sydney for artworks under $5,000 in 2008.

TAP stages regular Art Prizes and group shows to give artists an opportunity to participate and be involved. Situated in close proximity to the CBD, TAP provides a flexible space with two levels, comprising different exhibition rooms. The gallery operates on a space hire basis, and includes a theatre showcasing the work of many fresh playwrights. Although TAP has over 900 sq metres of fantastic space, it can be adapted to any size with the use of movable walls to cope for smaller or larger shows.

TAP offers an opportunity for the community to meet artists, actors, film makers and playwrights. It is a well known meeting place which also has a café/bookshop for relaxation.