Image: Wollongong Art Gallery facade, Michael Beare, Pictures of Pictures of Pictures, 2016. 16 digital prints on galvanised panels. Photography Bernie Fischer.
Wollongong Art Gallery would like to show their respect and acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Dharawal Country, Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Wollongong Art Gallery, managed by Wollongong City Council, is one of the largest regional art museums in Australia.
Our aim is to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts for the people of the Illawarra and visitors to the region.
Wollongong Art Gallery has an important collection of Australian, Aboriginal and Asian art. The permanent collection not only documents Illawarra regional histories and art practices, but also reflects developments and issues in art of local, national and international relevance.
Our diverse program includes exhibitions and activities that highlight the unique energy and creativity of the Illawarra region, as well as those derived from partner institutions around Australia and the world.
Statement on Bronius 'Bob' Sredersas
Wollongong City Council has received correspondence from a community member alleging that the Gallery benefactor Bob Sredersas, who bequeathed 100 works to the Gallery collection in 1977, may have been known under a different identity and may have been a collaborator during the Holocaust in his home country of Lithuania during the Second World War. Mr Sredersas migrated to Australia from Lithuania in 1950 and died in Wollongong in 1982.
Council takes these allegations seriously and has engaged with the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and the Sydney Jewish Museum to verify the identity of Mr Sredersas and confirm the veracity of the allegations. The results of this process will inform future steps with regard to the collection and representation of the Bob Sredersas’ story and background.