About Us


Located on Riley St in Surry Hills, Sydney, The New Standard Gallery exhibits and represents both emerging and established contemporary artists from across the globe. 

After the iconic Hughes Gallery's closing in 2015, former managers Phillippa Griffin and Sam Ramsden started to plan a contemporary art space to fill the void the closure left in vibrant Surry Hills. Building from the experience and support of Ray and Evan Hughes, The New Standard Gallery strives to fuse the traditional models of established Australian art galleries with a new, contemporary approach toward the globalised art world.

By introducing exiting International and Australian artists alongside each other, TNSG aims to build a bridge between the two directors’ hometowns, Sydney and Berlin.

With a stable of artists from Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe, a combined 16 years' industry experience and a hunger for art and discovery, we aim to inspire the same feelings in everyone who walks through our doors.




Our Team


Phillippa Griffin

With over 10 years experience and a passionate love of the industry, Phillippa has a longstanding commitment to the arts. After completing a BVA at the Sydney Collage of Arts in 2011, Phillippa continued her studies at Sydney University, completing a Masters in Art History and Curatorship in 2013.  

Phillippa has had an impressive and multifaceted involvement with the Sydney art community, having worked with many high-end art institutions such as Artbank Australia, The Australian Museum, Chalk Horse Gallery and as gallery manager at The Hughes Gallery, as well as having worked on several exhibitions as a freelance curator, in art fairs and working as an art critic Australia wide.

Sam Ramsden

Growing up in Berlin with a German writer for a mother and an Australian painter for a father, Sam has been surrounded by art from the earliest stages of his life. At 14, an internship at the famous Galerie Eigen + Art led to employment that lasted for almost 6 years.

After moving to Sydney in 2014, Sam soon started working at the Hughes Gallery, first as store man and later as manager until the gallery's closing in December 2015. Sam brings with him a wealth of knowledge of the Berlin art market and connections with artists, dealers and collectors in one of the biggest art metropolises of the world. We aim to incorporate this knowledge into our practice, holding regular shows for emerging and established German artists in our Sydney space.