Collection: 1886 to Now

Saturday, 29 July 2017 to Sunday, 29 October 2017
Agostina Hawkins

Selected entirely from WAG’s Permanent Collection this exhibition considers the changing motives and aspirations that have set the collecting practice at WAG from its conception to the present. The collection has formed and grown through purchases, bequests and donations.

The artworks selected reflect the Gallery’s challenging role in shaping a collection that is simultaneously representative, reactive and interactive with Warrnambool and the wider Southwest region. Starting with Joseph Archibald, our founder, you will be able to take a walk through the corridors of Warrnambool Art Gallery past culminating with a study of how we collect today and the drivers in our policy for the future of the Collection.

From the Orientalist fashions of the Victorian era which dictated the acquisition of paintings such as Robert Dowling’s Unequally Yoked through to the acquisition of artworks representing local Aboriginal culture and narratives such as Vicki Couzens’ nyootypooteen, visitors will gain an insight into the workings of WAG’s acquisition practices through the years.

+ Free entry

+ Audio loop available and wheelchair accessible

+ Suitable for all ages