Wollongong Art Gallery (WAG) is one of the largest regional galleries in Australia, with a major collection of more than 3,000 objects in four collection areas: early Australian art (including Illawarra landscapes prior to 1935), contemporary Australian art, Aboriginal art from around Australia, and Asian art and objects.
WAG develops and presents a diverse program of exhibitions each year, including collection shows and contemporary exhibitions by local, national and international artists. WAG also develops and delivers more than 200 education and public programs each year.
These provide multiple points of engagement and access to both exhibitions and the ideas that underscore them. The gallery occupies the former city council administration building designed by Reginald J McGoffin in an austere, classical style. It boasts a unique external exhibition space around the building through multiple temporary panels, and provides community access through the Community Access Gallery and facility hire of its multifunction space.
The gallery was officially opened in 1956 and converted into a gallery in 1991. The floorplan of the building evokes the shape of a jewelled crown in commemoration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The Wollongong Art Gallery Friends organization runs a range of programs, events, and activities throughout the year. All members receive invitations to special evets, discounts on various items and activities as well as reciprocal rights to national and state public galleries nationwide.
WAG runs two the biennial art awards, FLOW National Contemporary Watercolour Prize and Postcodes from the Edge featuring small-format contemporary artworks that reflect the Illawarra region through people, places, or events.
• Free guided tours
• Gallery Shop
• Workshops & classes • Historic building
• Wheelchair access