Feedback on gallery space needed

We encourage our Eastern Maar Citizens to have their say on the location of a new art gallery space in Warrnambool.

The Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG) has reached its capacity limits in meeting the growing needs of the community and visitors to the region.

Cannon Hill was proposed as potential location for a new gallery at an open community workshop among Aboriginal Community, including Traditional Owners, with gallery staff and the project consultant in May this year.

At that meeting community members stated a co-designed and dedicated Maar Nation Gallery could dramatically strengthen the region’s ability to celebrate Aboriginal culture and heritage in South West Victoria.

The Cannon Hill proposal makes the most of the connection to, and views of, the coastline, the Port of Warrnambool and Lake Pertobe.

A new WAG at Cannon Hill could include:

– Viewing Aboriginal art in the Aboriginal-led, Maar Nation Gallery.

– Viewing of coastal themed Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal suite of permanent and temporary exhibitions.

– Walking trail access through extensive indigenous landscaped open space.

– Large Aboriginal ceremonial space overlooking Lake Pertobe and the ocean for smoking ceremony; outdoor amphitheatre for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultural performances.

– Observation area for weather protected viewing and interpretation of the coastline and Warrnambool development.

– A launching pad for guided tours to Lake Pertobe and Warrnambool’s coastline as far as Thunder Point.

Since May 2021 our Chief Executive Officer Marcus Clarke has been an active member of a Project Control Group for the Feasibility Study and forthcoming Business Case for the development of a new gallery.

The WAG Maar Nation Steering Committee, which includes our Cultural Landscapes General Manager John Clarke, has played an integral role in shaping opportunities for Traditional Owners, including content for exhibitions.

You still have until this Sunday to have your say.

Learn more about the feasibility study here: