Message from the Director

2020 has been a tumultuous time, but at the WAG there are a lot of things happening whether our doors are open or not. The team have been working industriously, developing shows, digitising education programs, offering online content and producing a newsletter that allowed us to get to know local artists better through stories, videos and rich content.

Reinvention is a creative exercise and like many arts organisations forced to close during this pandemic, we have been contemplating the new normal and how we will continue to create new programs in the gallery and online. 

It is clear that expanding our offering and making arts and culture available when the Gallery doors are closed has broadened our audience. We will continue to feature our South West culture by supporting our artists and communities to connect with contemporary ideas and conversations.

The remainder of the year our exhibition program will be focussed predominantly on Australian artists and will continue explore social issues through our artists interpretation of  politics, environmental concerns, history and our sensory experience of a rapidly changing world.

Due to COVID19 we have re-organised our exhibition program and in the coming months you can visit exhibitions including Held – works from the WAG collection; Michelle Hamer – 2020 is Cancelled; Weehnirr (Messenger) – Aboriginal artists explore ideas of the messenger;  Megan Nicolson’s Soggy Homes: the wonder of wetlands – encouraging play and learning in the Family Learning Centre through giant recreations of threatened species unique to the South West region; and Material Sound, bringing together contemporary artists who each create an experience of sound within installations and apparatus constructed from everyday materials.

COVID19 also gave us the opportunity to go digital with our Junior Warrnibald and Warrnibald awards in 2020 so entrants could watch the announcement of the winners online, see entries exhibited and hear some comments about the works from the judges.

Our Paul Jennings exhibition was due to tour to the Newcastle Gallery NSW in March just as COVID 19 restrictions began. They love the show so much they have rescheduled it later in the year.

If you missed our education programs, or local artist’s stories or videos, or would like to revisit them, they are all available here on the WAG website.

WAG will continue to keep you connected with our community and culture during this time, and we look forward to bringing you more to the South West region.

Vanessa Gerrans,