​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ArtistTalkEvents.jpgAll Gallery ​Public Programs bookings will be processed through Eventbrite. If you have any problems using Eventbrite​, please contact either Julie Danilov 4227 8506 or Joanne Duncan on 4227 ​8502.​​

Free Special Events

Free Special Events East Meets West eflyer.pdf

Artist talk with Dr Julie Bartholomew

Wednesday 5 September 11-12noon
Julie Bartholomew's practice explores contemporary issues including consumer culture, particularly the relationship between female identity and global branding within the context of western and eastern cultures.  Her works on display in East Meets West were included in the Gallery's international travelling exhibition Zhongjian​: Midway alongside well-know Chinese and Australian artists.  Dr Bartholomew is currently Head of Ceramics, Senior Lecturer, at ANU School of Art.  Free, all welcome.​​

Education Program

Ceramic Workshops: September Enrichment Program

Primary & Secondary Students

9.30-3pm Year 5: Tuesday 4 September / Year 6: Wednesday 5 September / Year 7: Thursday 6 September / Year 8: Friday 7 September​. Cost: $40 per student.
Students will tour the East Meets West with a focus on the work by contemporary ceramic artists, Gerry Wedd and Vipoo Srivilasa. Students will learn hand building techniques to create their own ceramic artwork which will reflect upon their own cultural heritage. Curriculum and syllabus links will be made in reference to visual arts.​

Teachers must only nominate 4 students per year leave.  For bookings and enquiries (02) 42278504 or email jdanilove@wollongong.nsw.gov.au
For full details of School Programs go to Education

Family Fun Day 

Sunday 11 November 12-4pm 
Join us for a fun filled afternoon of music, art and art making to celebrate the Gallery's 40th anniversary. Our exhibitions East Meets West, Here + Now and the Gallery's Contemporary Collection will be the focus of the days' activities which will include: face painting, circus performers, art and craft stations and more. Refreshments will be provided and all activities are drop-in and free!


The Gift Remembering Bob Sredersas Invitation and Program of events.pdf

A Farewell to Bob
Closing event for THE GIFT: Remembering Bob Sredersas

Sunday 9 September 1-3pm
Join us for afternoon tea and a special performance from internationally renown Lithuanian accordion player, Gennady Savkov.
Free, all welcome

Education Program

Bob's Past - Your future

Primary Students Enrichment Program 
9.30-3pm. Year 3: 28 August / Year 4: 29 August / Year 5: 30 August / Year 6: 31 August 
Students will tour this multi-media installation, with the study focus being on the positive contribution that both migrants and refugees have had on our local communities. Students will learn the history behind Bob Sredersas’s story, Wollongong Art Gallery’s collection and will discuss and document their visions when thinking about the future of Wollongong and their local communities. This will be done through the art of paper collage. Student collages will be transformed into a collaborative stop motion animation. To end the day, students will focus on the painting, Herring Fleet by famous Australian painter, Sydney Long. Students will complete an appropriated version of this artwork.

Teachers must only nominate 4 students per year level. For bookings and enquiries phone (02)42278506 or email jdanilov@wollongong.nsw.gov.au​​
For full details of School Programs go to Education




​Artist Talk with Garry Shead -
Date to be confirmed, please check Gallery website or facebook. ​

Garry will talk about his art practice and works on display from his D H Lawrence series based on the novel Kangaroo, which was inspired by Lawrence's stay at Thirroul. 
Free, all welcome​

Things we want to know but forget to ask
(stories about the painted past and the precarious future)

with Sue Ballard, Christine Howe, Luke Johnson, Tess Barber, Jo Law, Friederike Krishnabhakdi-Vasilakis​​​, Aunty Barb Nicholson, Catherine McKinnon
Saturday 4 August 2-4pm
Join Illawarra writers as they come together to read short works (or excerpts from longer works) inspired by paintings from the Jewels in the Crown exhibition.  These diverse writers of fiction and non fiction are interested in the land and waterways of the Illawarra, in the relationships between humans and other species, in wind, weather and waste, and the changing nature of life on this planet.  They will read in situ with the painting that inspired their writing.  Afternoon tea provided. Free, all welcome
Things We Want to Know but Forget to Ask eflyer.pdf

Education Programs:

Junior Art Trail

10am-10.45am. Friday 12 July /10 August
A fun tour through the Gallery, designed for ages 3-5 years.  Children will explore art works through story telling, art making, songs and games with the Junior Art Trail team.  Morning tea in the toy kitchen: 10.45am to 11.15am.  Please bring your own packed morning tea to have in the Gallery at the end of the tour. Cost: $5.00.  Book online at www.eventbrite.com.u (search Wollongong Art Gallery)​

A Sense of Place - Primary Students Enrichment Program

9.30-3pm. Year 1: Wednesday 15 August / Year 2: Wednesday 22 August 
Students will tour the Jewels in the Crown exhibition focusing on artworks that highlight home and place.  Explore and document their interpretations of home and place and produce an artwork on canvas. 
Cost: $40 per student. 
For bookings and enquiries phone (02) 42278506 or email jdanilov@wollongong.nsw.gov.au​
For full details of School Programs go to Education

RED ALERT! Works from the Collection

Education Program

Red Alert! Free Excursion Package

For Primary & Secondary Students
Students will tour the Red Alert! exhibition and discuss the symbolic nature that colour holds in various cultures and societies.  Students will also create a collaborative installation from red collected and found objects.  Duration: 1.5 hours (maximum).
Bookings and enquiries phone (02) 42278506 or email jdanilov@wollongong.nsw.gov.au
For full details of School Programs go to Education

​​​​​​​THE COLLECTORS Works from the Collection

Floor Talk with John Monteleone

​​​Wednesday 3 October, 11am-12noon
​Focusing on particular works in the exhibition WAG Program Director John Monteleone, will discuss how the collection has been enriched and developed through the generosity of these collectors. Free, all welcome 

Education Program:
The Collectors Tour Package for Primary and Secondary Visual Art Students

Students will learn about the Gallery through the art collectors who have made significant contributions and shaped the Gallery’s collecting areas, and conclude with a drawing task. Duration: 1 hour (maximum). For bookings and enquiries phone (02) 4227 8506 or email jdanilov@wollongong.nsw.gov.au​
For full details of School Programs go to Education​

CHARMED - Contemporary Works from the Collection

​​Artist Talk with Jacky Redgate

​​Friday 14 September, 2-3pm
Free, all welcome.

​Artist Talk with Clare Thackway

​​Wednesday 7 November, 1-2pm
Free, all welcome.

​​Artist Talk with Gregory Hodge

Wednesday 7 November, 12noon-4pm​
Free, all welcome​​.

Family Fun Day

​​Sunday 11 November, 12noon-4pm
Join us for a fun filled afternoon of music, art and art making.  All activities are drop-in and free!​​


​​Artist talk + synthesiser & theromin improv ​​with Tex Crick and Christopher Zanko

​​Wednesday 3 October, 1-2pm
Free, all welcome​.

Wrap party and the Pinheads

​Sunday 25 November 7-10pm
​Live music, food, refreshments and a last chance to see the work of some of Illawarra's most promising young artists.
Free, all welcome.

Junior Art Trail

Fridays 10-1045am, 14 September, 12 Oct, 9 Nov
A fun tour for ages 3-5years. Cost $5. Book on line at www.eventbrite.com.au (search Wollongong Art Gallery)


​​Education Program
Students on Board - Enrichment program for Primary Students

​9.30am-3pm, Year 3: Tuesday 4 December, Year 4: Wednesday 5 December, Year 5: Thursday 6 December, Year 6: Friday 7 December
Students will tour Locals on Board, then reinterpret Illawarra scenes in paint on board.   Prizes will be awarded each day for outstanding works. Cost: $40
Bookings and enquiries phone (02) 42278506 or email jdanilov@wollongong.nsw.gov.au
For full details of School Programs go to Education​



​​Curator's Talk with Nigel Giles

​Wednesday 5 December, 11am-12noon
Nigel Giles, curator of The Box in the Corner, will discuss the television shows he loved to watch as a child and how they ultimately led him to becoming an avid collector of Australian TV memorabilia.  He will also share stories about some of the items and artefacts displayed in the exhibition. Free, all welcome.​

TV Show and Tell

Saturday 9 February, 2pm​
Join Wollongong City Libraries for this special TV edition of show and Tell!  Held in conjunction with Wollongong Art Gallery's The TV Show and The box in the Corner.

Do you have a treasured object with a story to tell? Do you have a passion for TV collectables, whether its kitschy or collectable, rare or mass produced, come and share your favourite TV memories!

You are invited to bring in a treasured object and share with others its history and significance.  Wollongong City Libraries will also be bringing along items from our collections highlighting the history of television in the Illawarra.  Bookings through Wollongong City Libraries webpage.



​​​​​​Artist Talks

​​Sunday 2 December, 12.30-1.15pm
Join the exhibiting artists for a floor talk prior to the opening.
Free, all welcome​.

Curator's Talk with Daniel Mudie Cunningham

Wednesday 5 December, 1-2pm
Drawing on themes of nostalgia, performance and genre, curator Daniel Mudie Cunningham will talk to the processes and aesthetics animating the works in the exhibition.
Free, all welcome.


IAVA Artists' Talks in the Gallery

IAVA is a group of highly accomplished artists with networks of like-minded artistic friends and colleagues.  In each talk an IAVA member has invited an artist they admire, for a joint discussion about their artistic practices.  Our first Talk is scheduled for 18 August at 2pm with Kate Stehr​ in conversation with Saxon Reynolds.​
IAVA Artists' Talks in the Gallery program of talks.pdf