Warrnambool Art Gallery

Established in 1886 the Warrnambool Art Gallery is home to a collection of visual material representing colonial Australia to current art practice. The Gallery is a public facility operated by the Warrnambool City Council and is suitably positioned adjacent the City’s Civic Centre and within the city’s cultural precinct. The Gallery aims to provide a visual art resource for the Warrnambool and regional community and its visitors by actively collecting, preserving and presenting works of art. The continued development of the Gallery’s art collection, and a program of temporary exhibitions and public events, encourages creative endeavour and provides opportunity for engagement between its audience, the artists and the objects they create. The Gallery is a memorial to Sir Fletcher Jones. The F.J. Foundation has been an ongoing major benefactor since the early 1970s, providing considerable financial assistance with the acquisition of artworks for the Gallery's collection.


The Warrnambool Art Gallery collects, preserves and presents works of art for the enjoyment of its community and visitors alike. These works of art offer an insightful visual translation of our past and present social and natural environment. The Gallerys Collection of over 1,525 works of art focuses on seven key themes: 19th Century European Salon Painting; Melbourne Modernism of the 1930s to 1950s; artworks investigating Tower Hill (a dormant volcano 12 kilometres west of the city); Colonial landscape painting; Australian printmaking post 1970; Social Commentary and images of the Warrnambool region and the Shipwreck Coast.