The White Rabbit Collection is one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of Chinese contemporary art. Founded by Kerr and Judith Neilson, it focuses on works produced after 2000.
The origins of the Collection go back to the late 1990s, when Judith Neilson engaged Wang Zhiyuan, a Chinese artist then living in Sydney, as her art tutor. He introduced her to the astonishing explosion of creativity taking place in China in the wake of the “Reform and Opening-Up” that had begun in 1978. Mrs Neilson began buying works, but soon ran out of space to hang them. She and her husband then decided, through their family’s charitable trust, the Neilson Foundation, to open a gallery that would make the exciting world of Chinese contemporary art available to all Australians.
The White Rabbit Gallery, a former Rolls-Royce showroom near Sydney’s Central Station, has four floors of exhibition space as well as a theatrette, a library and a teahouse. Only a fraction of the Collection is on show at any time. The entire contents of the gallery are rehung twice a year.
Whether you’re visiting White Rabbit’s collection, meeting a friend or just in need of a break, the gallery’s tranquil street-level Tea House is a delightful place to relax, chat, or simply read the paper as you sip. As well as snacks, we serve a wide range of the finest Chinese teas. Most Chinese teas can be infused several times, and many taste best on the second or third steeping. We’ll keep topping up your pot at no extra charge until you’ve had your blissful fill. You might also like to try a plate of freshly handmade dumplings (available from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.), or a sweet or savory snack plate with homemade biscuits baked daily in our kitchen.
Opening hours: During Gallery hours.