Established in 1965, Gippsland Art Gallery plays a vital role in the Arts & Culture of the region. The Gippsland Art Gallery is situated at the Port of Sale, overlooking stunning waterways and parkland. Every year the Gallery hosts around thirty exhibitions of local, national and international significance, in addition to ongoing and evolving displays of the permanent collection. Housed in the Wellington Centre together with the Sale Library and Visitor Information Centre, there is always plenty to see and do.
The Gippsland Art Gallery was established in 1965 as the Sale Regional Arts Centre, above the City Library in Macalister Street, Sale.
The Gallery was the first public art venue to open east of Melbourne. A Victorian State Government Grant of £20,000 enabled construction of the Gallery, which was initally run by a Committee of Management. The Gallery was staffed entirely by volunteers until its first Director, Gwen Webb OAM, was appointed in 1976. It continued to operate as a community gallery until 1994, when it came under the management of the newly formed Wellington Shire Council. The Gallery relocated into the Port of Sale Civic Centre, where it reopened in 1995.
In July 2015 the Gallery commenced a major, $14.53 million redevelopment, funded jointly by Federal, State and Local Governments, in addition to a $1.5 million gift from the John Leslie Foundation. The redevelopment has dramatically enhanced the visitor experience, with increased exhibition spaces and improved access to the Gallery collection. The new Gippsland Art Gallery opened to the public on 6 January 2018. Features of the new Gallery include access to the art reference library, Dock 70 Cafe, Gallery Shop, and a dedicated showcase for the celebrated Sale-based textile artist Annemieke Mein OAM.
Gippsland Art Gallery’s permanent collection of artworks is one of the great cultural assets of the region. Since its establishment in 1965, the focus of the Collection has been Gippsland and the natural environment. The Gippsland Art Gallery currently owns over 1,750 objects, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, works on paper (drawings and prints), photographs, textiles, metalwork, woodwork, and indigenous and tribal art. A selection of collection works are on display at any one time, while other works in storage can be viewed by appointment.
MAFFRA EXHIBITION SPACE
In addition, the Gippsland Art Gallery manages the Maffra Exhibition Space at 150 Johnson Street, Maffra. The Space is an Access Gallery available for hire by local artists and groups. To enquire about booking an exhibition, please contact us on via email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOHN LESLIE ART PRIZE
Run every two years, the John Leslie Art Prize is one of Australia’s major prizes for landscape painting. This acquisitive prize is open to all artists living and working in Australia. Inaugurated in 2000, the Prize is named after John Leslie OBE (1919—2016), Patron of the Gippsland Art Gallery. The continuation of the Prize is made possible by the generous ongoing support of the John Leslie Foundation.
Gippsland Art Gallery
70 Foster Street, Sale Victoria 3850, Australia
03 5142 3500
Mon to Fri 9am – 5.30pm, Sat, Sun and Public Holidays 10am – 4pm.