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Cooee Aboriginal Art Gallery

Bondi Beach
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Address: 31 Lamrock Ave, Bondi, New South Wales 2026, Australia
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+61 2 9300 9233
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Australia's oldest Aboriginal fine art gallery. Regular exhibition program....

Australia's oldest Aboriginal fine art gallery. Regular exhibition program. Indigenous paintings, sculpture, limited edition fine art prints, quality artefacts and hand crafted gifts. Cooee Art Gallery is Australia's oldest exhibiting Aboriginal fine art gallery. Its regular exhibition program includes solo shows by important living artists and thematic curated exhibitions. Its extensive stockroom covers a wide range of regional styles with more than 3000 works of art by over 150 individual artists. The gallery specialises in historically important bark paintings, 19th and 20th century artefacts, and early desert boards, as well as high quality contemporary Aboriginal paintings, sculpture and limited edition fine art prints. Since it opened in 1981, the gallery has staged more than 400 Indigenous art exhibitions in Australia and overseas involving individual Aboriginal artists and community groups. Click here to see the latest artworks and exhibitions

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Interesting Aboriginal Art Gallery

Don't miss this excellent collection of Aboriginal Art from all over Australia. In a two-level cottage on a quiet Bondi street, you can explore authentic artifacts in all price... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
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Stone Mountain, Georgia
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

Don't miss this excellent collection of Aboriginal Art from all over Australia. In a two-level cottage on a quiet Bondi street, you can explore authentic artifacts in all price ranges. The knowledgeable attendant explained about each artist of pieces that interested myself, my son and his wife. They chose some serious works to add to their collection, while I was... More 

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 December 2016

Tucked away up a side street only a few minutes walk from the sea front. We spent about 20 minutes here looking at the current exhibition by a female aboriginal artist. The curator of the gallery was very helpful and informative, explaining to us the artist's family story (the wanderings of a bush turkey). She offered to show us other,... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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Reviewed 11 June 2016

Wonderful variety of styles of Aboriginal and Island art and artifacts available to purchase from various communities including Central Australian. Friendly, helpful staff especially Tess - a walking encyclopaedia.

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Thanks Chris. That is great to hear and I will pass on the love to Tess. She is incredibly knowledge. More 

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Reviewed 10 May 2016

i am so impressed with the beautiful aborigine art work.though the stuff was out of my range.i wish i could own their art work.lovely beautiful colourful artwork .worth a trip

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Thanks Saitjoan! Lovely to hear!! More 

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Reviewed 23 January 2016

Isn't the point of travelling to experience what is unique about the places you go? There are many unique experiences in Australia, but one of them that you can actually take home is aboriginal art. Don't bother with the tourist souvenir shops downtown. This gallery has much more interesting art, many moderately priced. (And if your purchase is over A$300,... More 

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Reviewed 9 January 2016

Great to get an update as to new Aboriginal-artist. Beautiful education - I am such a cultural anthropologist. Being able to STUDY the traditional Aboriginal art and look at how the painting is composed and why the composition and the layers of meaning. I actually had to sit down several times to be able to absorb what I had seen... More 

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Bundeena, Australia
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Reviewed 3 January 2016

An inspiring selection of aboriginal art from all parts of Australia. Has been operating over a very long period of time. Makes for a good extra activity when visiting Bondi. Exhibitions change fairly regularly.

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Seven Hills
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Reviewed 16 December 2015

The painting are lovely the bunumbirr poles which in English is called the morning star is available to buy the staff are very friendly and one could take photos close to Bondi beach a must to aboriginal art and craft lovers

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Carmel, Indiana
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Reviewed 9 September 2015

Lovely museum and definitely worth a stop in if you are near Bondi! The art was beautifully arranged and very enjoyable to view!

Thank Linda T
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

I went to Coo-ee Gallery after several recommendations and it was an incredible and deeply moving experience. The gallery is like a tardis, it looks like a quite art consultancy from the outside (don't be afraid to press the buzzer!!), but inside is one of the best and most intimate gallery experiences that I have had. The best thing about... More 

1 Thank bikinisandbelinis
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Thanks for that lovely review. I am really glad you enjoyed your time here! See you next time. More 

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