Nominations Called for Gallery Acquisitions Panel

Published on 15 May 2024

Andy Pye, Hogs with sow at Clear Creek, 2023, oil on canvas, 180 x 180cm

Wangaratta Art Gallery is calling for nominations from the community to join the Gallery’s Acquisitions Panel. The Panel provides advice and support to the Gallery Director in the consideration of works of art to be added to the Gallery’s permanent collection.  

The Acquisitions Panel meets three to four times a year at the Gallery to consider proposed acquisitions. Membership is comprised of professional practicing artists and visual arts professionals from the broader region and is a voluntary position. Members are selected for their relevant experience, knowledge and qualifications relating to the visual arts. Tenure of the panel is four years from the commencement date. 

Wangaratta Art Gallery collects works by state and national artists of significance and significant works of art from and about the north-east Victoria region. The Gallery has a particular collection emphasis on textile art which has been developed through the most significant acquisitive award for textile art in Australia, the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award and celebrates Wangaratta’s important textile heritage and story. The Gallery also collects small sculpture and works in wood. 

The Rural City of Wangaratta established the collection well before the creation of the Gallery. In 1980, when Council moved into new offices, there was a need to fill the building with art. With the help of the Wangaratta Arts Council, the Wangaratta City Council Collection was established and has continued to grow over the years. This collection is now managed by the Gallery and features the work of artists such as James Tissot and John Colin Angus, Lorna Chick, and V.R. Watt.  

The Wangaratta Art Gallery's collection started to be assembled informally after the Gallery's establishment in 1987. In 2004, the Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection Policy was ratified by the City, and since then, works have been regularly acquired into the collection. Judy Cassab, Valerie Kirk, Mandy Gunn, Anita Laurence, Hannah Gartside, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Kate Just, Ian Westacott, Paul Yore and Aida Tomescu are some of the artists whose work feature in the Wangaratta Art Gallery’s collection today. 

To nominate, please visit the Wangaratta Art Gallery’s website to complete the online nomination form: 

Nominations close on Friday 14 June 2024, 5pm.  

Image: Wangaratta Art Gallery recent acquisition, Andy Pye, Hogs with sow at Clear Creek, 2023, oil on canvas, 180 x 180cm. Purchased with support of the Wangaratta Art Gallery Friends Inc. 2024.

For further information and to obtain a copy of the Collection Policy, please contact Gallery Director, Rachel Arndt on




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