Established in 1896, Geelong Gallery is one of Australia’s leading and oldest regional art galleries.
The Gallery’s outstanding collection of paintings, works on paper, sculpture and decorative arts spans the art of Australia from the colonial period to the present day and includes many works of national significance such as Eugène von Guérard’s View of Geelong 1856, and Frederick McCubbin’s A bush burial 1890.
Geelong Gallery works to contribute to the life and well-being of the Greater Geelong region by fostering strong community engagement with the excellence of its collection, its creative lifelong learning experiences, and an inspiring exhibition program.
Geelong Gallery Collection (1896)
Geelong Gallery’s magnificent collection includes Australian and European painting to sculpture, printmaking and decorative arts, dating from the 18th century to today. One particular focus is early images of the Geelong region, documenting the evolution of this important city and its environment
The Gallery is home to a number of iconic Australian paintings including Eugène von Guérard’s Aborigines met on the road to the diggings (1854), The Weatherboard Falls (1863) and View of Geelong (1856), Louis Buvelot’s On the Woods Point Road (1872), Frederick McCubbin’s A bush burial (1890) and Russell Drysdale’s Hill End (1948).
The greatest strengths of the Gallery’s collection are colonial paintings, including a splendid array of early images of Geelong and its wider region such as John Skinner Prout’s lithograph Geelong (1847), and Alexander Webb’s Yarra Street, Geelong (1872); colonial metalwork including Edward Fischer’s Geelong gold cup (1890); English painted porcelain from 1750 to 1850, Worcester, Buckingham Palace card tray (c. 1840–45); works on paper (19th century to the present); and modern and contemporary Australian paintings, sculpture and decorative arts including works by Fred Williams, Ann Thomson, Peter Booth, Juan Davila, Rosalie Gascoigne, Jan Senbergs and John Brack.
Themes: Transforming and managing land and natural resources, Building towns, cities and the garden state, Building community life, Shaping cultural and creative life