Burnie Regional Art Gallery - Art Collector

Susanna Castleden, Building the world in the correct position and the correct shape, 2012. Hand coloured screen print, 55 x 55 x 55cm, edition of 1. Courtesy: the artist and Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Tasmania

The Burnie Regional Art Gallery opened in 1978 and serves the north west and west coast of Tasmania, an area noted for its scenic beauty. This significant regional gallery is funded and operated by the Burnie City Council with support from Arts Tasmania.

The collection

The gallery holds a fine collection of works on paper with a strong emphasis on prints by some of the nation’s best known artists, recognising the strong history of papermaking in the region. The collection includes works by Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan, Brett Whiteley and Tasmanian artists such as Max Angus, Raymond Arnold, Jack Carington Smith, Geoff Dyer, Christine Hiller and Bea Maddock to name but a few. The collection, which includes work in other media, presently numbers over 1000 artworks.

Exhibition highlights

Burnie Regional Art Gallery shows a vibrant and challenging exhibitions program of approximately 20 to 25 exhibitions annually. There are three major exhibition spaces and a smaller space in the foyer for community projects, with a total of over 130 running metres.

The gallery regularly holds works on loan, including pieces by Philip Wolfhagen and Fred Williams. The Opal Trust has very generously made available on loan a collection of late 19th century Australian paintings including 22 by Haughton Forrest and five by his contemporaries including W.C. Piguenit. Artworks are protected by internationally accepted security systems, enabling the gallery to present exhibitions drawn from national collections.

In addition to exhibitions drawn from national touring networks, Burnie Regional Art Gallery also shows work by Tasmanian artists.

Art awards

The biennial Burnie Print Prize was established in 2007. It is the second richest print prize in Australia and a special allocation enables extra acquisitions of works from the exhibition. Works by artists of national significance are shown, selected by panels of expert judges. Susanna Castleden from Fremantle, Western Australia, was awarded the major acquisitive prize of $12,000 for the Burnie Print Prize 2013, with her work Building the world in the correct position and the correct shape, pictured above.


The Friends of the Burnie Regional Art Gallery was established to support the gallery's acquisitions and exhibitions program. Members enjoy a variety of benefits including discounts on events and gift shop purchases and invitations to special events at the gallery. For more information or to join, click here.

Visitor information

The gallery is located near the city centre and includes a gift shop which is noted for its wide range of cards. You can also buy quality handmade wares by Tasmanian artists including jewellery, ceramics, glassware, woodcraft and small prints.

Burnie Regional Art Gallery offers visitors the following facilities:

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Venue hire
  • Gallery shop

Burnie Regional Art Gallery
Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Wilmot Street
Burnie TAS 7320

Phone: 03 6430 5875
Fax: 03 6431 4114
Email: gallery@burnie.net
Web: burniearts.net
Open: Monday to Friday 10am to 4.30pm, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day.