Message from the Director

WAG welcomed the community back to the Gallery from June 9, with some restrictions. Our opening hours are 10am-5pm weekdays, 11am-3pm Saturday 10-3pm Sunday.

The Gallery is also offering a reserved time of 10am-11am on Saturday for people considered vulnerable to COVID-19 infection, for example members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community and people aged 70 or older.

Your health and wellbeing are paramount to us, so visitors must follow some basic guidelines to ensure that everyone stays well. Physical distancing is important, so we will allow 20 people at a time in the Gallery. You will be required to leave your name and contact details, and once you enter there is no time limit on your visit. We provide sanitising stations and ask that you use them before you enter the exhibition spaces.

While fewer visitors will be allowed, you will be able to enjoy a deeper experience with our exhibition program that resumed with the shows in place before COVID-19 restrictions began.

Ngatook Collective

The Ngatook Collective our initiative to support Aboriginal girls in arts and entrepreneurship, has been awarded a $50,000 Victorian Government grant, through the Office of Women.

Ngatook means ‘myself’ in the local Peek Wooroong language, this grant is great recognition of WAG’s work and commitment to reaffirm Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture and identity while giving young Indigenous girls a sense of what is possible in the creative industries.

The project will deliver a range of activities and programs in partnership with professional facilitators and the support of local Aboriginal leaders. This grant will allow WAG to offer the program across the South West and talk to schools, communities and organisations on how to best support interested students.

Although it has been a period of interruption at the WAG we look forward to bringing you a continued stimulating and inspiring program of exhibitions and events this year.

See you soon at WAG.

Vanessa Gerrans