Geelong Gallery - Art Collector

Geelong Gallery interior. Photo: Andrius Lipsys

Geelong Gallery is one of Australia's oldest regional galleries. Each year the gallery presents a program of 20 temporary exhibitions complemented by a range of artist talks, tours, workshops, lectures and family-friendly activities.

The gallery has a collection of some 6,000 works, which has been built up with contributions from an extraordinary number of donors since the establishment of the Geelong Art Gallery Association in the late 19th century.

The collection

Geelong Gallery has one of the nation’s finest collections, including colonial masterpieces such as Eugène von Guérard’s View of Geelong (1856), Frederick McCubbin’s A bush burial (1890) and Arthur Streeton’s Ocean Blue, Lorne (1921).

The collection includes Australian and international painting, works on paper, sculpture and decorative arts as well as new media.

The greatest strengths of the collection are Australian paintings from colonial to contemporary times; early painted, drawn, photographed and printed images of Geelong and its wider region; colonial metalwork, particularly by craftsmen working in the Geelong area; works on paper from 19th century to the present, including a focus on Australian printmaking; contemporary Australian photography; and an extensive collection of English painted porcelain from 1750 to 1850. Geelong Gallery also has smaller but no less fine holdings of late 19th century British and European paintings.

Collection highlights include:

Frederick McCubbin, A bush burial, 1890. Oil on canvas, 122.5 x 224.5cm. Courtesy: Geelong Gallery, Geelong

Eugene von Guérard, View of Geelong, 1856. Oil on canvas, 89.0 x 154.5cm. Courtesy: Geelong Gallery, Geelong

From left, Polixeni Papapetrou, Olympia as Lewis Carroll’s Xie Kitchin as a Chinaman (off duty), 2003.Type-c print, edition 1 of 6, 104.4 x 104.9cm; Peter Daverington, Welcome to the pleasure dome⎯a homage to Bierstadt and the death of a frontier, 2009. Oil and enamel on canvas, 183.0 x 152.8cm. Courtesy: the artist and Geelong Gallery, Geelong

Exhibition highlights

The 2014 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize shows from 30 August 2014 to 23 November 2014. The 2015 Geelong acquisitive print awards runs from 29 August 2014 to 22 November 2015.

Upcoming touring exhibition highlights include
Stars in the river: the prints of Jessie Traill which runs from 28 November 2015 to 21 February 2016. This eagerly awaited retrospective celebrates the artistic achievements of this pioneering printmaker.

Art awards

Geelong Gallery has hosted prize exhibitions since the late1930s, and works acquired through these events have enriched the gallery’s remarkable collection of Australian prints and paintings. The biennial Geelong Contemporary Art Prize showcases the best in contemporary Australian painting practice. The award exhibition presents up to 45 works by some of the nation’s most talented established and emerging artists. Over the past 10 years, works by Paul Ryan (2012), Tim McMonagle (2010), Nadine Christensen (2008), Sam Leach (2006) and Juan Ford (2004) have been acquired for the gallery’s collection through the prize.

The gallery also runs the Geelong acquisitive print awards which showcases the best in contemporary Australian printmaking practice.

Gallery membership

Members enjoy a range of outstanding benefits such as invitations to exclusive exhibition openings and events, discounts on purchases in the gallery shop and businesses in the Geelong region, up to 50 per cent discount on ticketed public programs and reciprocal membership benefits at select public galleries around Australia.

Visitor information

Geelong Gallery offers visitors the following facilities:
  • Workshops
  • Lectures and talks
  • Guided tours
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Gallery shop
  • Venue hire
  • Air conditioning

Geelong Gallery
Little Malop Street
Geelong VIC 3220

Phone: 03 5229 3645
Fax: 03 5221 6441
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday.