The Delmar Gallery

Since 1969 the Delmar Gallery has brought Australian contemporary art and cultural events to Sydney’s inner west.

The Delmar Gallery

Since 1969 the Delmar Gallery has brought Australian contemporary art and cultural events to Sydney’s inner west.

About The Delmar Gallery

Opening hours

Wednesday to Sunday 12pm to 5pm (during exhibitions)

Catherine Benz
Convenor | Society of the Arts
Curator | Delmar Gallery

144 Victoria Street Ashfield NSW 2131
p. + 61 2 9581 6070
f. + 61 2 9716 7206

As part of the Society of the Arts, The Delmar Gallery runs a programme of curated exhibitions and public concerts. Concerts are either held in the Gallery or in the Music School’s Orchestra Room.

View the 2017 Society of the Arts Programme




In the early 1990s, art dealer Ray Hughes travelled to West Africa and brought back exhibitions the likes of which hadn’t before been seen in Sydney.  Kane Kwei’s decorative coffins that Hughes commissioned became the talk of the town and ascended their own special platform of popular local mythology.  Voodoo traced beliefs and aesthetics from West Africa to Haiti and back again.

Since his first purchase of a carved wooden “awale” or seed game in 1974, African art and objects have been an integral part of Hughes’ vast personal art collection. The scope and profundity of this collector’s eye has proved to be astounding. Driven by the desire to exhibit and collect art that intrigues, stimulates and amazes, Hughes seeks it out in surprising places.

This is the first time an exhibition focussing on the extraordinary West and Central African art in his collection has been presented.

Curated by Catherine Benz and Nick Vickers

Exhibition dates:  2 to 6 August (Exhibition extended!)

Official opening:  Sunday 2 July, 2pm with guest speaker, Dr John Yu AC

Gallery talk:  Saturday 22 July, 2pm.  Ray Hughes in conversation with Simon Marnie, Presenter, Weekends, ABC Radio Sydney.  Free event.

Click here to view the exhibition catalogue

Listen to Ray Hughes in conversation with Simon Marnie at Delmar Gallery, 22 July 2017


Image: Cyprien Tokoudagba, Cbinglo, acrylic on canvas, 160 x 230cm

Way Out West extraordinary cross-cultural mix that could only be Australian


Directed by Australian Art Orchestra’s Peter Knight, Way Out West is a listening experience like no other!  The multi-award winning cross-cultural septet formed in 2001, beguiling audiences from Melbourne to Montreal and Veneto to Takatsuki with a sound that has been described as “utterly unique”.  Taking out the 2016 Music Victoria Award for Best Jazz Album, their most recent release builds on the band’s long history of integrating Asian instrumentation in a contemporary setting, and infusing these influences with West African grooves and jazz inflected melodies.


Peter Knight – trumpet/laptop

Satsuki Odamura – koto

Paul Williamson – saxophone

Lucas Michailidis – guitar

Ray Pereira – percussion

Howard Cairns – bass

Raj Jayaweersa – drums

Date:  Wednesday 9 August 7.30pm

Venue: Orchestra Room, Roderick West School of Music

Tickets from $20.  Free for Trinity students and Society of the Arts members.

Click here to book now