For the past two decades, Defiance has built a reputation as a focal point for the highest quality Australian and International sculpture and painting

Founded in 1995

About the Gallery

Artist Residencies | Awards
Established in 1995 by Founding Director, Campbell Robertson-Swann, Defiance Gallery has built a reputation for uncompromising quality and exhibiting some of the finest contemporary art in Australia. Defiance Gallery represents a varied and innovative stable of established Australian and international artists in both painting and sculpture, as well as talented newcomers to these fields, with a particular emphasis on the abstract. The Gallery’s stalwart support for sculpture has marked it as the leading Australian exhibition space for this form. Defiance also represents the estates of several of Australia’s most influential artists including those of Ian McKay, Roy Jackson and Peter Powditch.

The diverse exhibition calendar includes solo shows, curated group exhibitions and ‘encounters’, where invited artists work to a brief outside their normal studio practice. Defiance Gallery also facilitates and curates a wide variety of satellite exhibitions in collaboration with institutions such as the Nock Art Foundation, Hong Kong and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.
12 Mary Place, Paddington NSW 2021
+61 2 9557 8483

By Car: Defiance Gallery MARY PLACE is located at 12 Mary Place, Paddington. Parking is usually available on Brown Street next to the Royal Hospital for Women Park. 
Public transport: Bus number 389 stops on Brown Street very close to the gallery.  Alternatively Bus numbers 333, 340, 352, 440 are a short walk from Oxford Street.
DIRECTOR  Campbell Robertson-Swann
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Opportunities for artists

Artist Residencies

Defiance Gallery has a longstanding history of supporting artists and providing opportunities to challenge and further an artist’s career. In conjunction with our generous host partners, the gallery provides its artists access to a number of artist residencies. With the peaceful seclusion, artists are given the freedom of the landscape to explore, engage and foster their creative vision.

Nock Art Foundation

Giverny Residency

Giverny Art House is located in Queenstown, New Zealand were visiting artists can explore the wonders and beauty of Queenstown's landscape. The property also boasts numerous permanent sculpture installations set on the expansive five acre grounds overlooking the Shotover River.

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Nock Art Foundation

Hong Kong Residency

The residency in Hong Kong aims to introduce accomplished painters to the Hong Kong cityscape and past residencies have included trips into China, to iconic destinations such as Shanghai, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, and Yellow Mountain.

Skye-Bonnington Residency

Nestled in the beautiful Hunter Valley, the stunning vistas of rural properties Skye and Bonnington are available to artists staying at the comfortable cottages on the banks of the river. This unique and inspiring residency is made available by Nigel Stewart and Sally Tsoutis.

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Maffra Residency

The Normyle Barnhouse is a beautiful cottage and barn located in Maffra within the spectacular Snowy Monaro Region. A stunning location in all four seasons. This residency is offered courtesy of John Normyle.

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Yallumbee Seal Rocks Residency

Seal Rocks is a quintessential Barrington Coast isolated seaside village. It's famous for the beautiful lighthouse overlooking the wild and remote beaches and the nearby Myall Lakes National Park. Yallumbee Artist Residency is made available courtesy of Richard and Dr Bruce Caldwell.

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Australian Wildlife Conservancy Residency

This inspiring artists program, supported by Defiance Gallery, introduces artists to remote environments across Australia and raises funds for the organisation’s important work protecting and restoring Australia’s biodiversity. Nineteen eminent and emerging Australian artists have taken part to date, raising around $800,000 in proceeds to AWC.

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Opportunities for artists

The Defiance Gallery Award

This award is presented to two unrepresented artists chosen from the entrants to the Paddington Art Prize each year. The award recipients are offered a joint exhibition at Defiance Gallery Mary Place. They also receive an invitation to one of the artist's residencies Defiance Gallery is affiliated with. The 2020 Defiance Award was also generously supported by Artist Profile Magazine, Pigment Lab and Noyce Brothers Wine.