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WHITE RABBIT GALLERY – BIG IN CHINA EXHIBITION – ACCESSIBLE SYDNEY

We discovered the White Rabbit Gallery earlier this year when we were lured there to see the fabulous Lumen exhibition. When invited to visit again to see the new exhibition, Big in China, we jumped at the chance. The description of the exhibition had me curious. I really didn’t know what to expect but knowing that the White Rabbit Gallery is wheelchair accessible and offers interesting art we headed there last weekend.

White Rabbit Gallery - Big in China - Have Wheelchair Will Travel
Can you spot Mario and Pikachu?

WHITE RABBIT GALLERY – BIG IN CHINA 

The White Rabbit Gallery is tucked away in the Sydney suburb of Chippendale. Opened in 2009 to showcase what has become one of the world’s most significant collections of Chinese contemporary art, it is now home to the exhibition Big in China.

White Rabbit Gallery - Big in China - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Braeden likes to keep moving wherever we go so I can’t say I had a long time to read the explanations of the various artworks. People always interpret art in different ways and what I can say is that we were wowed by the uniqueness of the whole experience. The exhibition is described as addressing the challenges of captivating the attention of over a billion people.

White Rabbit Gallery - Big in China - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

From being immersed in a Mario Kart video game at the entrance, to the live artist suspended in time, everything about this exhibition had us talking. Braeden loved wheeling himself over the mirrored floor and between the hanging delicate tissue paper of one of the exhibits.

White Rabbit Gallery - Big in China - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

One of my faves was artist Xu Zhen’s huge column which is equipped with a sensor that sees it stealthily following visitors.

White Rabbit Gallery - Big in China - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

It’s like being a snake charmer to a giant ancient column that’s curled up in the corner of the gallery.

WHITE RABBIT GALLERY – WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY

White Rabbit Gallery - Big in China - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The White Rabbit Gallery offers great wheelchair accessibility throughout with a step-free entry and lift access to the various levels. There is good circulation space around all of the exhibits.

We visited prior to the exhibition opening to the public and the ramp which had been ordered to allow access to raised mirrored floor installation had been delayed (hasn’t everything been delayed thanks to Covid) but hopefully it is now available for visitors.  I’ll call tomorrow and double-check and update this post as soon as I know.

Entry to the gallery is free.

Street parking is available out front and in the surrounding streets.

An accessible bathroom is available on the ground floor.

The tea room and gift shop are also accessible.

Tip  – the mirrored floor provides lots of clever photo opportunities but I suggest wearing a long dress or pants otherwise you may find yourself somewhat exposed! Just for the record, I had long pants on so no, it wasn’t me putting on a sideshow.

White Rabbit Gallery - Big in China - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The staff at White Rabbit Gallery are delightful and assist in anyway they can.

Big in China is on at the White Rabbit Gallery until 22 May 2022.

You can find out more about White Rabbit Gallery and the Big in China exhibition on their website. 

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