The East Gippsland Art Gallery (EGAG) was established by the community in 1992 with funding from the then City of Bairnsdale and Arts Victoria. The gallery is in a beautiful old building, circa 1868, that was the original Shire Offices. The EGAG is an extremely busy public gallery showing an average of 22 exhibitions a year and its calendar is booked 12 - 18 months ahead. Exhibitions range across all art forms and media and feature local artists as well as artists from intrastate, interstate, national and international. The EGAG has become the focal point for the visual arts in East Gippsland and is part of the network of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria.