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WAG Curator Murray Bowes, WAG Director Vanessa Gerrans, President of the Friends of the WAG Ann Morris and Chair of the WAG Foundation Janet MacDonald unbox “Unsettled Dogs”.

Warrnambool Art Gallery turns 130

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Warrnambool. 1886. The first stage of the breakwater is four years from completion, the capacity of the Warrnambool hospital is increased to 50 patients and the Warrnambool Museum and Art Gallery officially opens.

Since that time, the Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG) as it is now known, has been the centre of creativity and culture in Warrnambool with the much-loved institution celebrating its 130th birthday this year.

This marks the WAG as the third oldest institutional collection in Victoria and the fifth oldest in Australia.

The WAG celebrated this anniversary with the launch of a publication presenting 130 images from the collection that highlight Warrnambool’s cultural evolution.

New works have also been acquired to celebrate the milestone, including a breathtakingly realistic sculpture by Sam Jinks “Unsettled Dogs”, a magnificent oil painting celebrating Tower Hill by Hobie Porter, a fine charcoal drawing of the Loch Ard Gorge by David Warren and a suite of prints by Brent Harris.

WAG Director Vanessa Gerrans said that this is an important opportunity to illustrate why particular works were acquired and considered important.

“Works acquired over the life of the gallery tell rich and varied stories and are a remarkable reflection of time and place,” she said.

“The gallery is continuing to develop our collections through acquiring exceptional works of art and these new works represent this commitment.

“I am extremely grateful to the private individuals including our members, benefactors and philanthropists who have made this possible.”

The new acquisitions and the commemorative book were made possible by the Warrnambool Art Gallery Foundation, The Gordon Darling Foundation, The Robert Salzer Foundation and the Friends of the Warrnambool Art Gallery and private donations.

Unsettled Dogs will immediately go on display until June, alongside a new exhibition “The WAG Cycle: evolution of a painting collection”.

The 130th anniversary book can be purchased at the gallery for $30.

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