​​ ​The Gallery's artistic program is developed over a three-year cycle, engaging in and presenting exhibitions that explore a range of ideas, mediums and practices. Exhibitions are scheduled on a seasonal basis with a maximum of 20 exhibitions a year. The Gallery has nine distinct exhibition spaces, as well as an external panel project space. It brings in a small number of outside exhibitions and projects, and develops a program of in-house contemporary art exhibitions focusing on artists creating new work. Exhibitions, although often diverse in nature, are integrated in the program so that contemporary exhibitions can also have a community focus, or broad themed shows have a strong local relevance.

Submitting an exhibition proposal

A proposal provides an outline and details of an exhibition or project.  
To assist you with your proposal please refer to the attached PDF Guidelines.

General Information: 

The Gallery plans its exhibition program up to two years ahead.   Floor plans of the Gallery's exhibition spaces may be requested.  Site specific works are welcome and unusual spaces may be free sooner than the main Galleries.  The Gallery provides insurance, installation assistance, labelling, an opening, invitation printing and publicity. Catalogue production, unusual publicity, freight or installation costs and touring of the exhibition must be negotiated and may depend on success in gaining outside funding. Artists fees are negotiated. Your proposal will be returned after review by the Gallery's Program Committee.

Exterior Panels

Wollongong Art Gallery is the only public art museum in Australia with a major exhibiting gallery facing the street. The dramatic curved facade of the Gallery is a public exhibition space with 14 panels for display, with a total of 27 panels around the building. Each panel is 780mm x 2330mm and made of a light weight zincalume. Panels can be displayed up to a period of 12 months. The panels remain the property of the Gallery at the conclusion of any exhibition and artwork will be removed unless otherwise negotiated with the Gallery.

The Program Director, John Monteleone, is available to assist you in preparing proposals for either Exhibitions or Panels.   Proposals should be marked 'Attention: Program Director' and sent to: Wollongong Art Gallery, Locked Bag 8821, Wollongong DC NSW 2500. 

Other Programs and  Prizes


Wollongong Art Gallery invites local artists to get on board and celebrate the Gallery's 40th Anniversary by participating in  a group exhibition. 

​​​Local artists are invited to register to receive one 60 x 80cm plywood board to create their work on. Painting, works on paper, photography, sculpture and all other art forms are encouraged as long as the 60 x 80cm board is used as the ground for the piece. Artists must register to be part of the show on Eventbrite, and collect their boards from Wollongong Art Gallery from June 2018.​

Locals on Board Conditions of Participation.pdf​ 
To register and reserve your board go to Artist Registration​

Wollongong Art Gallery Friends Resident Artist program

The Friends Resident Artist Program enables visitors to see first-hand an artist at work, participate in workshops and discuss the ideas that inform their work.  The residency includes: studio space of approx. 75 square meters separate 24 hour access; central Wollongong location, close to railway station; running water, sink, storage area; inclusion in Gallery public programs; publicity including media releases, invitation, catalogue, etc.; solo exhibition in the Sredersas​ Gallery at completion of residency; plus $3,000 for a  12 month residency (or $1500 materials for a 6 month residency).  ​

2016/2017 Residency is closed.

Resident Artist Proposal Guidelines.pdf

Wollongong Art Gallery Contemporary Watercolour Prize $10,000 (acquisitive) 

This prize Is a biennial competition open to artists from around Australia. The prize aims to encourage innovation and experimentation in watercolour painting, including works on paper in watercolour, acrylic, gouache, pen and ink, and watercolour mixed media. ​

James Kiwi Traditional Watercolour Prize $2,000 (local)

This prize is open to residents within the boundary of Helensburgh in the north, the Southern Highlands in the west and Gerringong in the south. This is for paintings on paper which use watercolour only, applied in a transparent, traditional water colourist style, in keeping with the teachings of James Kiwi.