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Geelong Gallery

  • Art
  • Geelong
Geelong Gallery 2018
Photograph: Visit Victoria

Time Out Says

Established in 1896, Geelong Gallery has a significant collection of Australian and European paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries. But it also presents regular contemporary exhibitions that regularly go toe-to-toe with what you get at the NGV – think stellar exhibitions on the moon, works from the Archibald Prize and an immersive retrospective on street artist Rone .

Located in the middle of Johnstone Park, the gallery is ideally situated for those hoping to tackle Geelong on foot. It's also right next door to the structurally beautiful Geelong Library. 


55 Little Malop St
Opening hours:
Daily 10am-5pm

What's On

Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize

  • Paintings

Australia’s most prestigious art prize, the Archibald Prize, is hitting a major milestone this year, having presented a staggering century’s worth of portraits of celebrities, politicians, artists, sports stars and more. To mark this glorious centenary, the Art Gallery of NSW is hitting the road and heading to Geelong Gallery with blockbuster exhibition Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize. Tracing the changing face of the nation by presenting some of the most memorable portraits from across the years, the thematic show also delves into the backroom drama, warts and all. You’ll be able to find out juicy goss on all the controversies, triumphs and near misses from the past 100 years. Geelong Gallery has the honour of being the only Victorian venue to host the Archie 100, with Geelong mayor, Stephanie Asher, expecting the exhibition to draw big crowds. "Following Geelong Gallery’s successful presentation of RONE in Geelong, the city is delighted to support Archie 100 through Geelong Major Events and looks forward to welcoming a forecast 80,000 people to the region," Asher said. Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize is on at Geelong Gallery from November 6, 2021 until February 20, 2022. Tickets are available now.

Sally Smart: Parade

  • Installation

Geelong Gallery is going to look a little different in 2022. From March 19, Sally Smart is taking over the gallery with an experiential and immersive installation inspired by the costumes and sets of the Ballet Russes. Sally Smart: Parade is the second part of Smart's Ballet Russes trilogy, which premiered during the 2019 Adelaide Festival. The exhibition is site-specific and features textile installations of costumes and curtains alongside sculptural works and recorded performances, all inspired by the Pablo Picasso-designed sets and costumes of the 1917 Ballet Russes production, Parade. The Ballet Russes was renowned in its time for collaborating with other artists (the company also worked with Henri Matisse and Sonia Delaunay) and Parade has been noted for how it democratised the ballet medium. Parade continues on Smart's exploration of early avant-garde artists, how their work was disrupted and influenced by totalitarianism and war – and how such disruptment can be related to in today's society.  Sally Smart: Parade arrives at Geelong Gallery on March 19.

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