Warrnambool Art Gallery, Warrnambool

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The Warrnambool Art Gallery began in 1886 when retired police officer Joseph Archibald opened its doors in a building behind the mechanics institute in Liebig Street. The Gallery began with an eclectic mix of artworks and museum curios. Before long Archibald mobilised public support and paid for a new gallery annex. Loans and grants allowed the Gallery collection to grow with significant early acquisitions by French, German, and Belgian artists, which were less expensive than British works. These were followed by the Louis Buvelot’s pastoral landscape Sunset Waterpool at Coleraine (1874).

Buvelot found his artistic theme in light and tone and it is not surprising that he favoured the Western District during his sketching tours of Victoria. This reverence for light and tone can be seen in local contemporary painters including Kathryn Ryan who captures moody rows of trees in hazy paddocks. The Gallery also holds a series of early tonalist paintings by Australian artists including Clarice Beckett, Archie Colquhoun, Percy Leason, Max Meldrum and Roland Wakelin.

Despite its enthusiastic start the economic downturn of the 1890s brought the Collection to a halt. In 1910 the Council took control of the Mechanics Institute and ran the Gallery there until 1963 when the building was allocated for municipal offices. The Collection was dispersed on loan to galleries in Shepparton and Hamilton and reunited in 1971. In 1986 the Gallery’s Centenary year, a permanent home was built next to the ‘Civic Green’ and named in memory of one its champions Sir Fletcher Jones O.B.E.
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  • Diverse range of artists. Indigenous art! Well curated. We were there for an hour. Art from various decades made it appealing and relevant. 
    Diverse range of artists. Indigenous art! Well curated. We were there for an hour. Art from various decades made it appealing and relevant.  more »
  • Delighted to see the gallery shop features local artists. The gallery is quite small but it is, after all, a regional gallery. There is a delightful children's room -such a good way to introduce... 
    Delighted to see the gallery shop features local artists. The gallery is quite small but it is, after all, a regional gallery. There is a delightful children's room -such a good way to introduce...  more »
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  • A pleasant little gallery with an interesting range of exhibits. Conveniently sited at the edge of the CBD near plenty of eateries. Take a break and enjoy the local culture.
  • OK once you get over the shock of seeing this beautiful old building totally desecrated by the so called "art" that has been inflicted on it by some supposed artist. The whole exterior has been spray painted in ghastly shades of pink and orange paint. The gallery owners must have had a severe brain malfunction to allow it. However, once you get inside, it is well set out, with some very nice displays. Welcoming staff, very friendly. Worth a visit

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