Wollongong Art Gallery - Art Collector

Wollongong Art Gallery

Wollongong Art Gallery was established in 1978 (then known as Wollongong City Gallery) and is one of the largest regional art museums in Australia.

The gallery is renowned for a program of exhibitions, education and public programs that engage with stories of local, regional and national relevance within a contemporary art context. The gallery also boasts an impressive collection including early paintings of the Illawarra region and Aboriginal art from around Australia.

The collection

The gallery collects in four main areas: Aboriginal art from around Australia, Illawarra landscapes pre 1935, contemporary Australian art and Asian art & ceramics.

Exhibition highlights

Wollongong Art Gallery will host the following touring exhibitions from 2014 – 2016: Steel City Sounds, a contemporary art and social historical exhibition that looks at 50 years of Wollongong’s music heritage. The exhibition is curated by Warren Wheeler for Wollongong Art Gallery; Pretty, an exhibition exploring the historical and contemporary creation of shell work by Aboriginal artists. Curated by Tess Allas for Wollongong Art Gallery; A contemporary art exhibition curated by David Capra for Wollongong Art Gallery, that investigates the work of Italo-Australian artists in city, urban and regional centres.

The Gallery is also receiving the following touring exhibitions:
String Theory, curated by Glenn Barkley, toured by Museum of Contemporary Art; Sculptural Felt International: We felt like crossing borders, curated by Kitty Korver, toured by Sculptural Felt International; Richard Bell: Imagining Victory, An Artspace Visual Arts Centre exhibition, toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW.

The Gallery is also developing the touring exhibition
Bastard Son of Royal Doulton, Stephen Bird: A survey show of ceramics and works on paper, 1992-2013.

Art awards

Wollongong Art Gallery runs two biennial prizes: the National Contemporary Watercolour Prize with a $10,000 acquisitive prize and the James Kiwi Traditional Watercolour Prize with a $2,000 local prize.


The Wollongong Art Gallery Friends organisation runs a range of programs, events and activities throughout the year. All members receive invitations to special events, discounts on various items and activities as well as reciprocal rights to national and state public galleries nationwide.

Visitor information

Wollongong Art Gallery offers visitors the following facilities:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Gallery shop
  • Children’s playground
  • Wheelchair accessible

Wollongong City Gallery
Cnr Kembla and Burelli Streets
Wollongong NSW 2500

Phone: 02 4228 7500
Fax: 02 4226 5530
Email: gallery@wollongong.nsw.gov.au
Web: wollongongcitygallery.com
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm. Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm. Closed Mondays and Public Holidays