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Entanglements: Humans, Animals, Environments

​The Gallery is delighted to present a series of talks in partnership with the University of Wollongong. Researchers from the Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space (ACCESS) and from the Animal Studies Research Network (ASRN) share ideas and developments from their research.​​

The 'Smart' Urban-State and Emergent Multispecies Politics in India with Yamini Narayanan

Thursday 7 November 5-6.30pm
WAG Public Lecture Series Entanglements Humans Animals Environment.pdf



Junior Art Trail

Friday 8 November, 10 to 10:45am
A free, fun tour through the Gallery, designed for 3-5 years of age and carers.
Bookings essential online at www.eventbrite.com.au (search Wollongong Art Gallery). 

Free Enrichment Program for School Students with Disabilities

10am – 2pm. Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30, Thursday 31 October, Friday 1 November.
For bookings and enquiries email jdanilov@wollongong,nsw.gov.au or phone 42278506 



Caring for the Collection 

Wednesday 6 November, 11 - 12noon 
Art conservator David Stein will discuss restoration work to some of the Gallery’s most loved works in the collection. Free, all welcome 
Caring for the Collection eflyer.pdf

Enrichment Program: HSC Visual Art Writing Workshop

Friday 15 November, 10am – 3pm​ 
Year 12 Visual Art Students will study landscapes from the collection to enrich and inform their learning, and focus on strategies for answering Section 1 of the HSC Visual Arts. Cost $50 per student.​



*where the stories are


22 - 24 NOVEMBER, 2019
This spring, Wollongong Writers Festival will be celebrating the power of writing and art for shining a light where there once were shadows. Our three-day program of events will feature some of Australia’s most inspiring and vital writers delving into subjects that have been silenced, have stigma attached to them, or need to be spoken about in new or more complex ways. 

We are also breaking with tradition to offer a selection of innovative, boundary-pushing events alongside our popular literary talks, panels and workshops. These interactive events will seek to both entertain and challenge participants by sparking conversations about issues that often remain in the dark, topics such as death, sex, mental health, identity politics, religion, privilege, shame and persecution.​

​​The program and guest writers will be announced on
Friday 11 October, 2019.

For more information visit www.wollongongwritersfestival.com, follow us on social media or sign up for our email newsletter. 


Friday 11 October, evening event Our annual Program Launch party at Wollongong Art Gallery is an opportunity to enjoy good tunes, food and conversation with fellow literary lovers. Come for the launch, stay for the community.​


Friday 22 November
Our popular writing workshops are moving to the Friday of the festival weekend and we can’t wait to let you know who we are lining up to lead them. Sign up for our email newsletter on our website for updates. 


Friday 22 November, evening event
Our annual Festival Launch party at Wollongong Art Gallery is where the festival officially kicks off, with inspiring guest speakers, entertaining performances and an opportunity to mingle with Wollongong’s literary community ahead of the busy festival weekend. It is also where the winner of our international Short Story Prize will be announced. If you love reading and writing, you don’t want to miss it.​​


Saturday 23 November and Sunday 24 November
As always, we are curating a diverse array of experiences for writers, readers and thinkers, including panels, readings, performances and interactive events. This year, it will be centred around the theme ‘All Lit Up’, which is to say: the things we do not speak about. Join us for a weekend of literature, art and ideas where no topic is too taboo. 


Saturday 23 November and Sunday 24 November
Our popular Kids Program is moving to the festival weekend where we will have dedicated programming for children aged up to 12, including author talks, readings and interactive activities. 


Wollongong Writers Festival is also home to an international short story competition. Submit within the theme of ‘All Lit Up’ for a chance to win $1000 and publication in Mascara Literary Review. Opens August 1, closes October 1. Visit our website for full competition guidelines.​

Program subject to change. Tickets available on our website from 11 October and at the door. www.wollongongwritersfestival.com #wherethestoriesare

Wollongong Writers Festival is supported by Create NSW Arts, Screen & Culture.


Representing Place

Talk & Morning Tea with WAG Friends
Wednesday 27 November, 10am-12noon
Prize winners will discuss their works and various approaches to representing place.
Free, all welcome.

Art Houses: Relief Painting workshop with Skye Zaracostas

Sat 18 - Sun 19 January, 12-4pm
Create three dimensional paintings of your home or draw inspiration from provided images.  Suitable for beginners and experienced artists.
Cost $120/$110 Friends (+GST & booking fee)


John Birchmeier in-conversation with Les Dion

Wednesday 4 December, 11am - 12noon
Representing the third generation of the Dion family, Les Dion together with family historian John Birchmeier will present an overview of the family background; the arrival of the first generation in Wollongong in 1907 to take up market gardening and development from 1923 of new business interests including bus services under the second generation.
Free, all welcome​


All Aboard! The moving tale of Dion’s Bus Service

Celebration of Abilities Week workshops with Angie Cass
Tues 3 December and Thurs 5 December, 10am – 12noon
Make a collage of a bus and make it travel from Austinmer to Kiama using the magic of stop motion animation. You’ll use photos and colourful printed paper to recreate the routes of the Dions’ buses in the Illawarra. Bookings and enquiries email vvidulich@wollongong,nsw.gov.au or phone 4227 8507


​Junior Art Trail

Friday 13 December, 10 - 10.45am
A free, fun tour through the Gallery, designed for ages 3 - 5 years and carers. Bookings essential online at: www.eventbrite.com.au (search Wollongong Art Gallery). or phone Julie Danilov on 42278506​


Slow Boat to Nerrigundah:

The Dion family & the golden gardens of the Chinese diaspora on the South Coast of NSW Saturday 25 January 1 - 3.30pm
A talk by historian and author Dr Joseph Davis. Followed by an Open mic​: Read your poetry or prose on the theme of bus travel, the Dion Family exhibition, or an anecdote about traveling on a Dion bus (5 minutes per participant). Register by emailing admin@southcoastwriters.org.au or sign up on the day. Afternoon tea provided.
Free, all welcome


​Family Ties: tracing a legacy through art

Wednesday 4 December 1 - 2pm
Join curator Mikala Tai and artist Naomi Segal as they discuss the process of approaching a family legacy through the lens of contemporary art.
Free, all welcome

​Family Fun Day

Sunday 16 February, 12 – 4pm
Free activities for kids and families. No bookings required. All activities are drop-in.​