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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.