WAG’s collection is the sum of over 135 years of inspiration and innovation. It holds more than 5000 works ranging from European salon and Colonial to Indigenous artefacts, modernist Australian art and contemporary works. It is a tribute to the visionaries of the region and the artists and crafts people whose work is held here.
The South West Region of Victoria is majestic, raw, challenging and unruly. Its post-colonial history reflects its wide plains, rugged coast and the journey of people to harvest and harness its forceful nature.
Each step of the Collection mirrors a time of development and expansion. It shows a reverence for the landscape and the people, their aspirations, industry and endeavours.