Due to the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and advice, the Gallery has suspended all its artist talks & events until further notice.



Adult Tours

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. 
Cost: Free When: Every Saturday, 1.00pm-2.00pm No bookings required

Art & Dementia Tour

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 Bookings essential: Places are limited to eight participants (excluding carers). Carers are invited for tea and coffee while participants with dementia partake in the guided tour

Private Tours

You can book a free guided tour for a small group tailored to their interests and level of art knowledge. A minimum of four weeks’ notice is required for these bookings. Maximum group size is 20 people. Cost: Free 

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

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WAG Public Lecture Series: Entanglements: Humans, Animals, Environments

The Gallery is delighted to present a series of talks in partnerhsip with the University of Wollonogng.  Reserchers from the Austrlaian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space (ACCESS) and from the Animal Studies Research Network (ASRN) share ideas and developemnts from thie research.

Entanglements will be re-scheduled for 2021 due to COVID restrictions - look out for the new series to be advertised later in the year.

SUSPENDED: NIDA Open workshops at the Gallery 

NIDA Screen Acting Boot Camp 

Grades: 3–6, 7–10 
29 September – 1 October, 10am – 4pm 
Identify and experience the essentials of screen acting. Build your on screen confidence as you develop skills in improvisation, character development and script work. 
Cost: $380 ($342 earlybird, until 1 Sept) 
For more information phone 1300 450 417 or visit www.open.nida.edu.au 


Karen Hook and Diane Goodman

Saturday 10 October at 2.00pm
Karen Hook will share and discuss her artworks created over a two month period during a Residency in France and sabbatical to England and Morocco, as well as works from earlier periods. Karen’s art practice continues to evolve through photography, painting and drawing, as she constantly attempts to find ways to connect and explore these mediums whilst being influenced by her immediate environment and her emotional connection to place. 
Diane Goodman explores through her work notions of place, identity and memory in relation to specific landscapes photographed over time. Although photography has been her chosen medium for many years, she recently re-introduced painting and drawing into her practice. The tedious manipulation of both process and image is her personal imprint. 

Tony Hull and Kim Shannon

Saturday 14 November at 2.00pm
Tony Hull has had eight solo exhibitions, won numerous awards and prizes and his work is held in many private and corporate/ public collections. He has been an artist and teacher for nearly 40 years and received a Doctorate of Creative Arts from UOW in 1997. The major part of his practice is painting with watercolours and oils and his subject matter includes portraiture, studies of the human form, still life, and landscape which are often completed en plein air. 
Kim Shannon lives and works in the Southern Highlands. She has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas, had 16 solo exhibitions and won several awards. Kim taught at TAFE and currently teaches at the Bowral and District Art Society and takes workshops in regional NSW. Still-life is her preferred genre and she enjoys finding beauty and meaning in the everyday through the medium of oil paint which has the potential to create such tactile and visceral surfaces.


Artist talk with Michele Elliot 

Wednesday 2 September, 1.00 – 2.00pm 
Michele Elliot will give a floor talk about Whitewash and her use of cloth and clothing in the context of materiality, transformation and the body. 
Free, all welcome 

Artist Talks with Leonie Watson and Lesley Goldacre 

Wednesday 7 October, 1.00 – 2.00pm 
Painter Leonie Watson and photographer Lesley Goldacre will discuss the depiction of fabric in their individual works and the various processes involved. 
Free, all welcome. 

Big Day Art 

Free Excursion for Secondary Visual Art Students and Teachers Years 9, 10 and 11 Thursday 10 September, 10.00am – 2.00pm 
Tour, talks, sculpture workshop and hands on experience at curating an exhibition. 

Junior Art Trail 

Friday 11 September, 9 October and 13 November 10 – 11.30am

Special Event

Finnisage: Caroline Baum in conversation with Anita Johnson Larkin + Performance

Sunday 11 October, 2.00-300pm
Journalist and writer Caroline Baum will talk with artist Anita Johnson Larkin about her art practice and the works in her exhibition.
3.00-3.30pm Two musicians will play a composition on one of the sculptures. 
Refreshments provided.  Free. All welcome 

Cancelled: Soft Sculpture Workshop with Anita Johnson Larkin 

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 September, 12noon - 4pm 
Transform found objects using soft sculpture techniques to create poetic narrative sculptures. Cost $120/$110 Friends (+ GST & booking fee) 

Enrichment Program: Soft Sculpture with Anita Johnson Larkin 

Years 9 & 10: Friday 25 September, 9.30am - 3.00pm 
Cost $50 per student. 
Enquiries 4227 8506 or email jdanilov@wollongong.nsw.gov.au

SUSPENDED: HERE+NOW A Decolonist Visualisation of the Illawarra

Ngana Barangarai Writers Night 

Thursday 15 October, 6.30 – 8.30pm 
Launch of Vol 8 of Dreaming Inside: Voices from Junee Correctional Centre by Yvette Holt. Live readings by workshop facilitators Aunty Barbara Nicholson and Simon Luckhurst, MC by Nan Suford and didgeridoo playing by Dale Wright. Refreshments provided. Free, all welcome Presented in partnership with South Coast Writers Centre (SCWC). 

Writing + Weaving Workshop + Reading with Kirli Saunders 

Saturday 31 October, 11.30am – 1.30pm 
Cost: $40/$30 SCWC members. 
Bookings: southcoastwriters.org.au

Reading by Kirli Saunders 

Saturday 31 October, 12.30 – 1.00pm 
Kirli Saunders will read from her award winning novel Mother Speaks

Weaving Circle 

Saturday 31 October, 1.00 – 4.00pm 
Drop in and learn simple weaving techniques with master weaver Phyllis Stewart. Free, all welcome 

Presented in partnership with SCWC. 

Panel Discussion 

Wednesday 4 November, 11.00am – 12.00pm 
Curator-led discussion about the exhibition concept and how each artist’s work addresses this. Free, all welcome 

Enrichment Program HSC Writing Workshop 

Thursday 29 October, 10.00am – 3.00pm 
Cost: $50 per student


Saturday 28 November, 4.00 – 9.00pm 
A collaboration between Yours & Owls and the HERE+NOW crew. Live Music, workshops, talks and tours with the artists. Eats by Hidden Harvest to purchase and complimentary drinks provided. Come have a sip, a nibble, a chat and a boogie! All welcome


Sharing Knowledge Enrichment Program Partnering with Red Room Poetry and Lani Balzon

Free for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students 
Years 3 & 4: Tuesday 24 November / Years 5 & 6: Wednesday 25 November/ Years 7 & 8: Thursday 26 November 10.00am – 2.30pm

SUSPENDED: EVERY BODY From the Collection

Written From The Body: an experiential workshop on writing from the senses with Dr. Sarah Nicholson 

Saturday 21 November, 2.00 – 3.00pm 
Cost: $25/$20 SCWC members 
Bookings: South Coast Writers Centre website 

SCWC Poetry Prize on the theme of ‘Every Body’ 

August 2020 – February 2021 
$1000 in prize money for an exceptional poem responding to the Gallery’s exhibition theme ‘Every Body’. Prize and entry details are available on the South Coast Writers Centre website. 

‘Every Body’ Poetry Prize award event 

Saturday 27 March, 1.00 – 3.00pm 
This event will feature the announcement of the Poetry Prize award and readings from short listed writers. Afternoon tea provided. Free all welcome 
All events presented in partnership with the South Coast Writers Centre. 

Free Enrichment Program: Responding to Artworks Through Dance 

Students will develop a performative response to the Every Body exhibition. 
Years 10 & 11 Visual Art, Drama & Dance Students 
Thursday 25 March, 2021, 9.30am - 3.00pm 

Enrichment Program: Figure Drawing 

Year 3: Tuesday 10 November / Year 4: Wednewday 11 November / Year 5: Thursday 12 November / Year 6: Friday 13 November 9.30am – 3.00pm 
Cost $50 per student



Special Event 

Screening of Terror Nullius by Soda Jerk 

Date and time to be confirmed
A work that looks at Australia’s national mythology, encompassing ideas of visibility and inclusion. Free, all welcome 

Enrichment Program: HSC Writing Workshop 

Thursday 29 November, 10.00am – 3.00pm 
$50 per student