The Collie Art Gallery was opened in 2015 and is the only purpose built, A Class Gallery to be built in WA, since the Art Gallery of WA was opened in the 1970’s.
The Gallery has been host to many and varied collections of work. With 150 square metres of floor space and an additional studio, the gallery is designed to host exhibitions of national and international significance.
You will find
the Gallery on Throssell St, near the Caltex petrol station. There is plenty of parking and easy access for people with disabilities. Alternate access is via the rail crossing from Central Park and the town centre.
Before entering the gallery, take time to consider the rammed earth construction of the building and the dramatic mirrored artwork out the front, entitled ‘Reflective Regeneration’.
Elemental, Land, Layers, Life by Visual Artist Carol Rowling at the Collie Art Gallery Dec 18 – Jan 19.
These amazing works are created using layers of canvas and an angle grinder and were inspired by the Australian landscape as seen from the air. There is an audio visual presentation with the artist, describing her inspiration and the creative process behind the work on display.
Collie Art Prize
In 2018 the bi-annual Collie Art Prize was offered for the first time and with the biggest cash prize on offer throughout regional Australia, of $50,000, it certainly attracted the attention of artists and art lovers all over the country.
In the first year, over 500 entries were received from all over Australia, showcasing some of the best works from across the country.
Open hours and what’s on
The gallery is open Thursday to Monday between 10 am and 4 pm and to find information about upcoming programs and events go to the Collie Art Gallery website. Most exhibitions are free.
After visiting the Art Gallery, you may also enjoy the Coalfields Museum further west, down Throssell Street opposite the Collie Visitor Centre and if you are interested in rail history there are several old steam locos at the Visitor Centre and another collection at the Bill Weirs Rolling Stock Shed. The Rolling Stock Shed is open Mon, Wed and Fri mornings and can be found at the eastern end of Central Park. The old Collie Railway Station is also open to visitors and offer traditional station lunches and Devonshire teas.