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ADULT TOURS PROGRAM AT THE GALLERY

Adult Tours (maximum 12 people)

Whether you’re a first-time visitor who wants an introduction to WAG or a returning visitor who is looking for a deeper understanding of the collection and current exhibitions, our weekly program of tours is a great way to enhance your WAG experience. WAG has a dedicated team of Volunteer Gallery Guides who invite you to look closely and feel deeply about the works of art on display. No bookings are required, however, first in best dressed rules apply on the day of the tour.
Cost: Free
When: Every Saturday, 1.00pm-2.00pm 

Art & Dementia Tour (maximum 8 people)

This program allows individuals and groups of people who have dementia to have meaningful engagement with Wollongong Art Gallery’s exhibitions and collection.
Cost: Free 
When: First Friday of every month, 2.00pm-3.00pm 
2023 Dates: 3 February, 3 March, 7 April, 5 May, 2 June, 7 July, 4 August, 1 September, 6 October, 3 November, 1 December.
Bookings essential: Places are limited to eight participants (excluding carers). Carers are invited for indulge in some art therapy as a form of respite.  
Art and Dementia program at WAG.pdf

Private Tours (maximum 12 people)

You can book a free guided tour for a small group tailored to their interests and level of art knowledge. If the group is larger than 12 people, we can split the group between two gallery guides. A minimum of four weeks’ notice is required for these bookings.
Cost: Free

For all bookings and enquiries on our programs, call our Education Officer, Julie Danilov on 4227 8506 or email jdanilov@wollongong.nsw.gov.au.

THINKING THROUGH PINK Curated by Dr Sally Gray

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Thinking Through Pink includes works from invited contemporary artists; works from the Wollongong Art Gallery collection and carefully selected objects from Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney – notably ceramic and glass works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries chosen for their visual, conceptual and historical resonances.

THINKING THROUGH PINK ARTISTS: Micky Allan and Steenus von Steensen, Balizza Shoes, May Barrie, Clarice Beckett, Belleek Pottery, Stephen Benwell, Martin Boyd Pottery, John Brack, Pat Brassington, Katthy Cavaliere, Cristallerie de Clichy, Copeland and Garrett, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Daniel Mudie Cunningham and Sarah Contos, Christine Dean, eX de Medici, Derby Porcelain Works, Diana Pottery, Collette Dinnigan, Ken Done with Kosta Boda, Lynda Draper, Dongwang Fan, Jan Fieldsend, Jan Fieldsend and Marie McMahon, Matthys Gerber, Gregorius Höroldt with Royal Saxon Porcelain Manufactory, Suzie Idiens, Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, Deborah Kelly, Robert Klippel, Frida Las Vegas, Diego Latella, The London Shoe Co, Frederick McCubbin, David McDiarmid, David McDiarmid, Ron Smith (for Mardi Gras Arts Workshop) and Tony Guthrie, Marie McMahon, Joan Meats, Meisen Porcelain Factory, Pates Potteries, Adelaide Perry, Patricia Piccinini, Gio Ponti with Societa Ceramicà Richard-Ginoria, Jacky Redgate, Elvis Richardson, Royal Albert, Royal Doulton, Ebony Russell, Joanne Saad, Axel Salto with Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory, Julio Santos, Elsa Schiaparelli and Leonor Fini, Albert Sherman, G. Georget with National Manufactory of Sévres, Rose Spuller, Phyllis Stewart, Suzanne Stewart, Peter Tully, Victor Vasarely, Amy Joy Watson, Thomas Webb & Sons, Iain Whittaker, Worcester Royal Porcelain Co, Paul Yore.

Dulux in partnership with the Wollongong Art Gallery is proud to support the Thinking Through Pink Exhibition. Dulux welcomes the creativity and inspiration that this event inspires in our community.

Thinking Through Pink was generously supported by Mr. Ian Dickson

Mrs Kennedy wore Pink with John Kirkman, curator and cultural producer

Wednesday 1 February, 11.00am-12.00noon 
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas Texas 22 November 1963. With him was his wife Jacqueline Kennedy. The clothing she wore that day remains one the most familiar, yet enigmatic of historic costumes. More than ghoulish curio, Mrs. Kennedy’s Dallas clothing speaks eloquently of history, politics. fashion, personal loss, the media, horror and public trauma.Wednesday 1 February, 11.00am-12.00noon.  Free, all welcome.

Thinking Through Pink: Four Ways to Respond to Art 

Saturday 18 February, 12.00-2.00pm 
Winner of the 2022 South Coast Writers Centre Poetry Award, Erin Shiel takes participants on an ekphrastic poetry journey through four different ways to responding to an artwork. She will use an artwork’s symbolic device, the artist’s creative process, an imagined narrative, and an echo of the visual appearance of the artwork, as four separate keys for inspiration.
Free, all welcome. Bookings: southcoastwriters.org/upcomingevents. 

Queer Uses of Colour with artist Daniel Mudie Cunningham

Wednesday 1 March, 11.00am – 12.00noon
Included in Thinking Through Pink, Daniel Mudie Cunningham’s True Colours (2016) reimagines Cyndi Lauper’s titular 1986 music video as a soundtrack for the false consciousness of Australian nationalism. Though Lauper’s song has become an enduring gay anthem, Cunningham augments its use of colour as a political device to ‘queer’ the meaning of the original anew. Cunningham will talk about the queer uses of colour that inspired his take on True Colours, with reference to other works in the exhibition.  Free, all welcome.


COOMADITCHIE: THE ART OF PLACE

Curated by Tess Allas

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Founded in 1993 during the United Nations’ International Year of the World’s Indigenous People, the Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation has been running continuously as a place of art, culture, education and community care.

The exhibition also includes photographic works by local photographers Nina Kourea and Anthony Smith which will document Coomaditchie’s commitment to an impressive amount of public art across the Illawarra and video work by film-maker Sandra Pires who has produced a series of interviews from local First Nations people telling their own stories and memories of Coomaditchie. 

New canvas works created by Coomaditchie artists will also be included in the exhibition and will be available for sale. Existing works borrowed from private, corporate, government, educational and art institution collections will be brought together for the first time and form a major contribution to this celebratory exhibition. Coomaditchie: The Art of Place is the story of art, art-making, community building and of belonging to place. 

The exhibition will include archival material from the South Coast Labour Council (held at the University of Wollongong Archives); the National Library’s TROVE archives; The Sydney Tribune; the NSW State Archives & Records, Wollongong Library archives, and the Tom Dion private photographic collection. Coomaditchie: 

The Art of Place tells the indelible history and story of this hard fought for and much loved community cultural place.New canvas works created by Coomaditchie artists will also be included in the exhibition and will be available for sale. Existing works borrowed from private, corporate, government, educational and art institution collections will be brought together for the first time and form a major contribution to this celebratory exhibition. 

Coomaditchie: The Art of Place is the story of art, art-making, community-building and of belonging to place. The exhibition will include archival material from the South Coast Labour Council (held at the University of Wollongong Archives); the National Library’s TROVE archives; The Sydney Tribune; the NSW State Archives & Records, Wollongong Library archives, and the Tom Dion private photographic collection. Coomaditchie: The Art of Place tells the indelible history and story of this hard fought for and much loved community cultural place.