Did you know a brand new gallery is being built in Collie?
The Collie Art Gallery will perform many functions, not the least of which is to encourage participation in arts and culture at all levels. Research carried out all over the world over many decades has consistently shown the benefits participation in art has on individuals and communities.
Creativity is a key driving force for the economic development of post-industrial communities. When comparing the economic trends and shifts of cities around the world, notable economist and social scientist Richard Florida found that arts and culture – along with innovation, tolerance and diversity – have an extremely important part to play in a community’s economic success as well as its ability to attract and retain citizens.
The new art gallery has the potential to become a high quality visitor attraction, drawing new people to the region and showcasing a broad range of talent and achievement.
For individuals, participation in art has been shown to have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing as well as reducing social isolation by providing opportunities for meaningful social engagement. It provides the vitality necessary for active living, to achieve goals and to interact with one another in ways that are respectful and just.
Arts and culture is just as important to Collie’s sustainability as sport and recreation. The new art gallery will provide an environment that enables the development of innovative and talented individuals and groups through a range of programs and events.
Put your work in the exhibition mix
The Collie Art Gallery provides two exhibition spaces for artists and artisans in the South West of Western Australia.
It has dedicated gallery space with capable of hosting exhibitions of national and international significance.
German-designed operable walls, adjustable humidity control, museum- quality hanging and lighting as well as multiple data points in the main gallery contribute to an extremely flexible 150m2 space capable of holding exhibitions of national and international significance.
The Studio Gallery is the perfect space for emerging artists to test the waters with 50m2 available for short-term exhibitions.
Sell work in the gallery and online
Are you ready to let your work sparkle and reach new audiences in a brand-new, purpose-built, A class gallery space?
Selected artists will have the opportunity to offer products for sale to compliment rotating exhibitions.
The gallery also provides a full online retail space. Featured artists will receive a free profile page on the gallery’s website as well as the opportunity to offer product for sale.
The gallery’s low standard commission rate of 30 per cent can be further reduced to 20 per cent for artists willing to volunteer at least three hours per month.
Opportunities for artists at all levels
The gallery is committed to providing a diverse range of exhibitions, programs and events that will have broad community appeal as well as providing opportunities for artists at any age or stage.
The new gallery provides artists with the opportunity to showcase their work to an entirely new audience.
Emerging and part-time artists will find opportunities to test the waters with smaller-scale and group exhibitions.
Workshops and development programs will touch on a cross-section of techniques, mediums and interests targeted towards children to seniors, beginners to advanced artists and everybody in between.
Rather take a workshop or run one?
The creative process and participation in art by all members of our community, young and old, is just as important as its display and sale.
For artists, holding workshops is a great way to supplement your income, increase awareness of your work and strengthen your brand.
Expressions of interest are invited from suitably experienced artists to deliver targeted workshops and programs that contribute to the gallery’s overall offering.
Workshops and programs are promoted in the gallery’s website, newsletter, digital noticeboard and through its social media channels.
Connect with like-minded people
Joining our ever-growing social and vibrant community of Friends of the Gallery not only helps kick-start the gallery’s operations, but has great benefits for you too.
Join the Friends of the Gallery, you’ll get access to members-only discounts on arts supplies and services.
Friends also enjoy free access to special members’ events, exhibition previews and discounted ticketing.
Regular newsletters make sure you’ll never miss out on the latest news, events and programs on offer.
Great space for functions and events
Picture your next private function or corporate event being held against a backdrop of some of the best artwork in the region and beyond.
With plenty of parking, flexible layout, kitchen and toilet facilities and reasonable hire rates – the gallery has everything you need for your next event.
The main gallery is an ideal space for serving wine and cheese while your guests mingle.
The studio gallery is perfect for your next off-site training or planning session, committee meeting or club activity.