The White Rabbit Gallery is at 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale (very near Bowie) and is the result of an amazing act of philanthropy by Kerr and Judith Neilson, who acquired a four storey building (a former knitting factory) to display their collection of contemporary Chinese art. It's a beautiful, clean space, which reminded me for some reason of a miniaturised Tate Modern. There's also a peaceful tea house, where beautiful, fragrant Chinese tea is served with delicate side plates, either sweet or savoury. It's a wonderful space, which only houses around 1/3 of the still-growing collection at a time; the exhibition changes once every six months. The women working there wear subtle uniforms of pretty patterned dresses.
On the ground floor, spanning three storeys, there's a sculpture that was clearly built for the space, consisting of found plastic bottles in a vertiginous tower: from below, it's a cynical Christmas tree, from above, a sea monster about to lash out. On the first floor there's a 500 kilo pile, like a zen gravel garden, of painstakingly handpainted sunflower seeds which took 80 people six months to complete. On the second floor there's a collection of beautiful, delicately painted bottles, part of a quest by the artist to paint 10,000 bottles in his lifetime (there are 60 bottles here). The top floor currently houses an amazing paper sculpture in two parts (the first three photos, below): one, a man like a faun, whose head has begun to spill over in concertina waves; and two, an undulating, snake-like creature which is, on closer examination, the remains of the same man, a metamorphosis leaving only feet, hands and face intact.