Cultural opportunities

Male student painting

Whether you enjoy visiting museums and galleries, listening to live music, acting, creative writing, or making and exhibiting art, Sydney offers lots of cultural activities for you to explore and try. Here are just a few.

Museums and galleries

The University has one of the largest and finest collections of antiquities, art, ethnography and natural history in Australia.

Explore Australia's largest collection of ancient artefacts at the Nicholson Museum, or explore unusual specimens in the Macleay Museum's natural history and ethnographic collection.

Music and theatre

If your passion is performance, why not join the Sydney University Drama Society, the oldest continuous theatre company in Australia.

Music lovers can take part in a University revue or enjoy the latest bands in concert, thanks to the University of Sydney Union (USU). The Sydney Conservatorium of Music also runs regular concerts, with something to suit every musical taste.

Visual arts

There are many places you can express your artistic impulses and develop your creative skills.

Verge Festival

Part fringe-festival, part arts showcase, the USU's Verge Festival brings together the best of student creativity and big-name Australian acts once a year. The Verge Gallery presents an ongoing program of exhibitions and gives you the chance to curate a show, or exhibit your work.

University Art Gallery

The University Art Gallery displays curated selections from the University art collection of more than 3000 works, including paintings, works on paper, sculptures, tapestry, silver and rugs. There’s always something new to see.

Sydney College of the Arts

Explore the expanding territories of contemporary art at the Sydney College of the Arts Galleries in Rozelle.

Tin Sheds Gallery

Get involved in the exhibitions and events at the Tin Sheds Gallery, the site of many notable art events and exhibitions and home to several art movements.

Writing

If you love to write, there are lots of opportunities to publish your work. Aspiring journalists can get involved in student-run media such as the weekly Honi Soit newspaper or The Bull magazine. Contribute to Hermes (Australia’s oldest literary journal, produced annually by the USU) or submit your writing to a range of literary prizes offered through the Department of English.