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Council wants to hear views from the Warrnambool community about site options for a new Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG) building.

The potential for a new WAG building follows a feasibility study which considered two sites: a new building at the existing site or a building at Cannon Hill.

The options will be discussed at a forum at the Lighthouse Studio on Tuesday, July 5 from 7pm to 8.30pm and there is also an option for people to have their say online.


What: WAG forum
When: Tuesday, July 5, 7pm to 8.30pm
Where: Lighthouse Studio
Or have your say online at


“The forum and online survey continue a conversation Council has had with the community about a new WAG building,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Vicki Jellie said.

“We know we need a new gallery building because the WAG does not meet current standards or requirements to appropriately store and exhibit its enviable permanent collection and unique collection of Aboriginal artefacts and art work.

“Modern galleries have the potential to drive visitation and become a regional destination.

“While this is a longer term plan and one that will be funded through external avenues, we need to plan for the right facility in order to be ready for funding opportunities when they arise. 

 “We have a wonderful permanent collection and a wealth of talent in our arts community – we need to plan for the right facility to support the art, artists and to be an economic driver.”

Previous community engagement activities and the subsequent feasibility study arrived at the two options.

“We need to hear from the community about the advantages and disadvantages of each site,” Cr Jellie said.

“A new building would mean that people could see more of the WAG’s permanent collection, there would be a dedicated space for Aboriginal art and artefacts and we would also be able to meet the requirements for hosting more visiting exhibitions.”