Geelong Gallery

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Established in 1896, the Geelong Gallery is one of Australia’s leading and oldest regional art galleries. Since, it has amassed a magnificent collection of 19th and 20th century Australian and European paintings and decorative arts, including 18th and 19th century English porcelain, British art pottery, colonial Australian silver, as well as contemporary Australian paintings, prints, sculpture and ceramics.

Geelong Gallery aims to contribute to the life and wellbeing of its city by operating the best regional gallery in Australia, with strong community engagement based on the excellence of its collection, its creative learning experiences and innovative exhibitions.

Permanent Collection

Geelong 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 permanent 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.

From the late–1930s, the Gallery has awarded acquisitive prizes variously for paintings, watercolours and prints, sponsored by a variety of individuals and corporate supporters. The Gallery continues to grow it’s collection through the biennial Geelong contemporary art prize and Geelong acquisitive print awards both of which continue a long tradition of exhibitions that celebrate contemporary Australian practices.

Online collection
getting to the gallery

The Geelong Gallery is located in Johnstone Park. The entrance is in Little Malop Street, in Geelong’s cultural precinct.

Travelling by train
A three–minute walk through Johnstone Park from Geelong Railway Station.

Travelling by car
60 minutes from Melbourne CBD.

Car Parking
Weekday metered parking and free 2–hour parking on weekends is located in Little Malop St, Atchison Pl, Fenwick St and Ryrie St. There is also the civic carpark located on Gheringhap St opposite the Town Hall— parking available Monday to Thursday from 7:30am to 6:00pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7:30am to midnight (free parking after 6:00pm on Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday).

Bus parking
A free parking bay for buses is located in Little Malop Street.

Travelling to Geelong Gallery from the Mornington Peninsula, South or East of Melbourne—take the Searoad Ferry (car and passenger ferry). Buses run from Queenscliff to Geelong daily. 


Full access and amenities.

cafe & gallery shop

Gallery Shop
Whether you’re looking for a stylish memento of your visit to the Gallery or that perfect gift for a loved one, the Gallery Shop stocks a handpicked range of designer jewellery, homewares, textiles and accessories along with leading skincare products, beautiful books and Gallery publications that celebrate creativity, aesthetic beauty and functionality. Brands stocked in the Gallery Shop include MoMA wares, wooden piece by local artist, George Chirnside, Australian Art Collection cards, Seedling and more.

Images: Geelong Gallery exterior, photo by Julian Willoughby. Above: Refurbished entry to the gallery, 2017, photo by Andrew Curtis. 

Geelong Gallery
55 Little Malop Street
Geelong VIC 3220
T: 03 5229 3645
W:  geelonggallery.org.au

Opening Hours
Open daily: 10am - 5pm
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday. 

Entry is free but admission fees may apply for some exhibitions.

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Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, There is no there (still)  2015, single-channel HD digital video; 16:9, black and white, sound 10 mins 27 secs; edition 2/3 (+ 2 APs). Geelong Gallery, purchased with funds generously provided by Geelong Contemporary, 2018. Reproduced courtesy of the artists and Anna Schwartz Gallery.
There is no there—Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano
Geelong Gallery
8 Dec 2018 - 10 Feb 2019
Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack, The musicians 1962, calcimine and watercolour on canvas. Geelong Gallery . Gift of Mrs Olive Hirschfeld 1976.
Bauhaus centenary—Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack
Geelong Gallery
23 Feb 2019 - 26 May 2019
Frederick Goodall, An Eastern well 1897, oil on canvas, Geelong Gallery. Gift of JH McPhillimy, 1935.
Distant Lands
Geelong Gallery
1 Dec 2018 - 10 Feb 2019
Elizabeth Gertsakis 
Melancholy suicide in Geelong Cemetery—verdict of a ‘Christian’ jury  2007
digital pigment on canvas
Geelong Gallery
Purchased with funds generously provided by the Friends of the Geelong Gallery, 2018
Reproduced courtesy of the artist and William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
Recent acquisitions 2017–18
Geelong Gallery
1 Dec 2018 - 17 Mar 2019
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