Art Gallery of Ballarat - Art Collector

Interior shot of Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Founded in 1884, the Art Gallery of Ballarat is the oldest regional art gallery in Australia. Housed in a heritage-listed building, it offers visitors a varied program of exhibitions.

Exhibition program

Eikon: Icons of the Orthodox Christian World, running from 18 October to 26 January 2015, is a magnificent display of rich treasures from the Russian and Greek Orthodox church.

Other highlights include Guirguis New Art Prize, exhibiting from 11 April 2015 to 31 May 2015; Victorian Indigenous Art Awards 2015, showing from late August 2015 to late September 2015;
Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2015, showing from 22 August 2015 to 20 September 2015: The Archibald Prize touring exhibition, showing from 2 October 2015 to 15 November 2015; and a touring exhibition of works by William Kentridge from the National Gallery of Australia, exhibiting from 24 January 2016 to 17 April 2016.


The focus of the collection is to present the history of Australian art. Visitors have the opportunity to walk through the entire span of Australia’s art history through its extensive permanent collection, housing works from such notable artists as Eugene von Guerard, Nicholas Chevalier, Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Fred McCubbin, William Dobell, Noel Counihan, Sidney Nolan, John Brack, Jeffrey Smart, Fred Williams, Brett Whiteley, Clifford Possum, Rick Amor and Peter Booth.

The collection has been on expanding the representation of female artists and building a strong holding of the art of the Indigenous people of Australia’s Top End, including bark paintings and sculptural works.


The gallery was founded in 1884 and the original heritage-listed building is one of the oldest purpose-built galleries in the country. The building has changed and evolved in response to the expansion of the collection. A major expansion came as part of the 2001 Centenary of Federation, when the gallery building was extended through to Camp Street. The latest addition, the architectural award-winning Annexe, was built in 2011.

Art Awards

The gallery hosts the $10,000 Rick Amor Prize for small drawings, which has been awarded biennially since 2009.


The Art Gallery of Ballarat Association works to support the building, collection, activities and programs of the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Membership provides invitations to openings, a quarterly magazine and discounted prices to gallery workshops and programs.


The gallery shop stocks a range of souvenirs and art-related gifts such as scarves, bags, jewellery, books and works by local ceramic artists. The cafe, Sweet Decadence at the Gallery, is renowned for its excellent coffee and handmade chocolates. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Art Gallery of Ballarat
40 Lydiard Street North
Ballarat VIC 3350

Phone: 03 5320 5858
Opening hours: Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 5pm. Entry is free.