Wollongong Art Gallery Friends is a vital part of the social life of the Gallery. It aims to bring together people who support and nurture the role and activities of the Gallery, as well as to stimulate and educate communities within the Illawarra region.

One of the Friends key goals is to support the enhancement of the link between the Gallery and the Wollongong community. It achieves this in a number of ways: 

(i) through a membership base which raises funds that support a number of Gallery cultural programs;
(ii) sponsorship of the Gallery's annual Artist in Resident Program.
The Friends is open to all members of the public and is a great way to enhance your gallery experience, to meet new people and make new friends. 

The Friends are proudly sponsored by Tyrrell Wines and the Novotel Wollongong.


Sponsored Programs and Prizes

​Wollongong Art Gallery Friends Resident Artist Program

The Friends have proudly sponsored this program since 2011.  This program provides an excellent opportunity for local artists to gain new audiences for their work.  Studio visits, workshops and discussions with the artist are available by appointment.  This program will recommence in 2020/21.

Wollongong Art Gallery Friends Postcodes from the Edge

An art prize and exhibition featuring small  format themed contemporary artworks.  This prize is open to all artists living within the postcode boundaries of 2508 in the north, 2534 in the south and 2576 in the west.  This is a biennial prize to be held again in November 2019.