The Warrnambool Art Gallery has a number of publications that have been published on the collection or to coincide with major exhibitions.




HIGH VIS: Protest, People and Power in a time of Fake News, Penny Byrne

02 March to 19 May 2019

HIGH VIS: Protest, People and Power in a time of Fake News" is a solo exhibition by Penny Byrne that builds on a significant body of work that the artist has been developing since creating "iProtest" in 2012. In this highly relevant and ambitious exhibition, Byrne applies her keen sense of politics to interrogate, through sculptural and installation practice, whether individuals have any true agency or ability to determine ‘truth’ when it is has become intertwined with subjectivity and sentiment and blurred by fake news and the effects of mass participation.

Sans Frontières, Damon Kowarsky

08 December 2018 to 05 May 2019

Contained within the many structures that man has built across the earth for habitation, ritual and gathering is an inherent power. Each tower of stone or brick, steel, concrete or plaster is an embodiment of social, political, individual or collective decisions that describe narratives of culture, power and agency. These narratives are generally considered to resonate outwards, originating from an internal place and with an individual voice. Damon Kowarsky’s oeuvre presents an alternative to this way of seeing and understanding structure and its relationship with place. By applying his archaeological-eye to diverse urban and rural scenes, Kowarsky renders views beyond and between structures to reveal their relational narrative; one that is global, interconnected and ever-emerging. Sans Frontières is a survey of prints, paintings and drawings created by Kowarsky between 2008 and 2018  collectively tell the story of places often relegated to the margins of vision. At its heart, the exhibition examines how looking, orientation and perspective can uncover narratives of culture, power and agency that are embedded in structures and expressed through the spaces they create, spaces that are constrained by the human psyche that has constructed the labyrinth.

UNREAL!, Paul Jennings

13 October 2018 to 24 February 2019

Paul Jennings AM is one of Australia’s best loved storytellers. His books have sold millions of copies, won countless awards, been translated into 18 languages and turned into television series. His work explores ideas and experiences that all children face – from embarrassment to being part of the gang, losing things, making mistakes, dealing with people and taking risks to discover new ways of being themselves. Paul’s career began in Warrnambool, where he still lives and works. In this exhibition WAG presents a magical, imaginary immersive world expressed through his writing, characters and themes and includes original works from illustrators he has collaborated with over the years.

Ancestral Memories, Marion Manifold

11 November 2017 to 11 February 2018

Dr Marion Manifold is a South West Victorian-based printmaker. Her research interests and PhD explores identity and female body imaging. Ancestral Memories brings together work on both genetic memory – which includes inherited family memories of wars, displacement, migration and settlement – and more recent memories that are gained through living history and being immersed in the lives and belongings of both ancestors and former women of the Manifold family. The work continues Manifold's research in female identity and body imaging and consists of linocuts created since 2008, many incorporating applique, hand-sewn beads or embroidery.

Somewhere Nowhere, Shaun Tan

19 November 2016 to 5 February 2017

Shaun Tan grew up in Perth and works as an artist, writer and film-maker based in Melbourne. He is best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through dream-like imagery: The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia and the graphic novel The Arrival have been widely translated throughout the world and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for Pixar and won an Academy Award for the short animated film The Lost Thing. In 2011 he received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden, in recognition of his services to literature for young people.

Unnatural History: The Tower Hill Project, Hobie Porter

19 December 2015 to 17 April 2016

Hobie Porter is a contemporary Australian landscape painter based in North-Eastern NSW. His paintings focus on the relationships between grand vistas and the minutiae found within them. He is interested in pursuing a dialogue about our collective relationship to our environment. His paintings both celebrate and challenge our Australian landscape painting heritage.