Message from the Director

WAG brings you more art in action this year with a program of exhibitions and events, in and around the Gallery.

Our recent hit, the Wallawar (Glow) Festival in December drew over 5000 people from the regions and Melbourne to our full program of events. It was a large, enthusiastic, and engaged audience, which showed a massive achievement from a small start-up investment. I would like to extend a special thanks to the Gallery team who worked around the clock to make it all possible and Festival sponsors the Isobel & David Jones Family Foundation.

Everyone embraced the spirit of Wallawar and the fun — watching artists in action as they created works inside and outside the Gallery, engaging with our exhibitions, painting plein air at Tower Hill, buying from our children’s entrepreneur market, hearing illuminated stories of Maar Nation Elders and dancing on the Civic Green. It was a great example of how the community wants to reconnect and reinforce this City as a place of innovation and ideas and all the things that make this region unique.

Momentum is gathering for our business case for the future of the Gallery, and after recent rounds of community consultation we are developing a clearer idea of the best path for continuing to provide a vital community hub, a vibrant program, and a contemporary stable environment for our wonderful collection.

There is no doubt WAG finished 2021 with some illumination and lustre, and we will continue to focus on local artists and their work in the coming months.

The Family Learning Centre will feature an interactive experience for children on code, language, and symbols of communication through the work of Annette Iggulden.

Master ceramicist Barry Tate presents his evocative ceramics, while we meet the forest and all its ebb and flow through the work of print maker Carmel Wallace.

Come and explore ‘Canopy’ which features works from the permanent collection and selected loans. You can also revisit the majestic ‘Tower Hill’, 1855 by von Guérard which is back on display in the company of a Picasso ceramic vase, as well as local artists Kathryn Ryan, Gareth Colliton and Ron Quick.

WAG welcomes you to a new year we hope will be one that shines.