Our Building and Exhibition Spaces
In 1999, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery was relocated to the award winning Civic Centre complex, the symbolic heart of Wagga Wagga's central business district. Designed by Melbourne architectural firm Garner Davis, the Art Gallery includes a separate gallery specifically for the National Art Glass Collection.
In fact, the building is a drawcard in itself. See for yourself how its combinations of light, space, shape and design complement the Gallery's collections and exhibitions perfectly.
- Stars + Stripes: American Art of the 21st Century from the Goldberg Collection, exhibition 2016
The Main Gallery is renowned for its wide, open spaces and an impressive feature wall, almost eight metres in height, that showcases larger works.
When you walk into the Main Gallery you're greeted with ambience and open space. This inviting area is where we showcase visiting and in-house exhibitions. The lower floors of the main space can be divided to accommodate two separate exhibitions. The amazing feature wall, almost eight metres high, is perfect for large works and adds to the impressive vista when looking out from the mezzanine level.
National Art Glass Gallery
- Forget me not: Kristin McFarlane and Brenda Page, exhibition 2015
This contemporary design fittingly includes significant use of glass that fills it with natural light by day, and allows stunning illumination at night.
The combination of clever, contemporary design and the extensive use of glass fills the Glass Gallery with natural light. The reflective pool directly outside the windows helps create an impression of 'bringing the outside in' and adds to the effect of endless light and space. At night, the Glass Gallery is illuminated, allowing an after-hours view of the Collection from outside the building.
The upper floor features a changing selection from the National Art Glass Collection, while the lower floor showcases temporary exhibitions by renowned Australian glass artists.
Easy access for patrons with mobility issues enables movement from the street directly to the Glass Gallery and through to the Main Gallery.
- Gregory Carosi: From There to Here, exhibition 2016
In the eastern point of the building, the Links Gallery's triangular shape and high ceiling provides a unique and challenging venue for established and emerging regional artists.
The Links Gallery is located in the eastern point of the building and is a wonderful venue for established and emerging regional artists. Easy access to the Links Gallery is available from the ground floor entrance. High ceilings and the unusual triangular design of this Gallery combine to give an impression of space and intimacy at the same time. It's a community gallery reserved for Riverina-based artists.
Margaret Carnegie Gallery
- Tony Ameneiro: Head Over Head, exhibition 2017
The Margaret Carnegie Gallery, home to the Margaret Carnegie Print Collection, also showcases a variety of exhibitions, both touring and in-house, with a strong focus on works on paper.
Named in honour of print collector Margaret Carnegie AO OAM, who was also one of Wagga Wagga Art Gallery's founding patrons, this Gallery showcases a variety of exhibitions, both touring and in-house. As a tribute to Margaret Carnegie's preferred medium, the Margaret Carnegie Gallery is often designated for works on paper. A blend of open and restricted spaces creates a welcoming atmosphere.
- SODA_JERK: Hollywood Burn, exhibition 2016
The Channel is an exciting new exhibition space within our main gallery area and has been developed specifically to showcase the very best of single channel video works from both emerging and significant Australian and International new media arts practitioners.
The outcome of a 12 month project, The Channel, reclaimed an archive storage area of the gallery with a decidedly industrial flair and transformed it into a wonderfully intimate viewing space for the enjoyment of our patrons.
E3 art space
- Angela Coombs-Matthews: Reverie, exhibition 2015
The E3 art space is a versatile indoor exhibition space that can extend into the garden for performance art or outdoor events as needed.
E3 art space is perfect for smaller exhibitions and for events that may require use of the outdoors as well. Its lower ceiling, carpeted floors and interesting angles give the area an intimate feeling. E3 art space is a versatile, community exhibition space reserved for Riverina artists.
- Lorraine Tye, Guya-gu Marraanba Yinaa: One Woman Fish Net 2017 (detail)
The Point has been one of the under-utilised features of the Civic Centre building; but we’re delighted that it now provides the venue for the Gallery’s annual installation commission.
The Point can be viewed from Morrow Street and we believe looks finest at dusk. Wiradjuri artist Lorraine Tye presents Guya-gu Marraanba Yinaa: One Woman Fish Net, a 4.5-metre high woven structure in the form of a Wiradjuri fishing net, accompanied by a school of individually woven fish. This extraordinary work is on display for the following year in The Point gallery.
The Gallery Shop is located just outside the Margaret Carnegie Gallery and is renowned for the interesting and unusual gifts that are sourced from around the world. The Gallery Shop also has a variety of publications that provide insight into the exhibitions and the art world in general. It specifically retails art glass for the discerning buyer from paperweights to spectacular vases. Some of the most popular items are the glass liquorice cubes and the miniature birds of happiness - just perfect for a souvenir of your time at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery!