The Geraldton Regional Art Gallery is the home of the City of Greater Geraldton Collection, a collection of 450 artworks, principally paintings and works on paper. The City Collection was initiated in 1959 with a bequest of 39 artworks and a further 4 works in 1962 to the town by Western Australian millionaire philantropist, Sir Claude Hotchin. The City Collection continues to grow with a focus on artworks that feature aspects of Geraldton and the Mid-West region or created by local or Western Australian artists.
The Wingrove bequest came into the City of Greater Geraldton collection through the widow of Keith Wingrove, a long time friend of Norman Lindsay, who died in 1998. In 1990 the book Norman Lindsay on Art, Life and Literature was edited by Keith Wingrove. Mary Wingrove who had in her possession a Lindsay oil painting of the Batavia, heard an ABC Radio National interview about the history of the Batavia with Geraldton maritime historian Max Cramer. She contacted the Geraldton Regional Library and the then Chief Librarian Pat Gallagher put her in touch with the then Geraldton Regional Art Gallery Director, Damian Kelly. On a visit to South Australia in 2000, Kelly met with Mrs Wingrove who gave him sixty-four Lindsay works which her husband had collected. Mary Wingrove died in 2001.
Elizabeth Durack was commissioned by the Town of Geraldton to produce 90 drawings on paper of the Geraldton area, Dongara to Northampton and out to Carnamah. It is the only surviving collection of this type in Western Australia.
Artists represented in the City of Greater Geraldton Collection include historical significant artists such as, Sir Hans Heysen, Robert Juniper, Elizabeth Durack, Norman Lindsay and other contemporary artists like Olga Cironis, Galliano Fardin, Robert Cleworth, Paul Uhlmann & Penny Coss and many more.
The City Collection is housed at the gallery and viewing of the collection when it is not on display can be organised by appointment. Please contact gallery staff if you would like to view.
To view images from the City Collection, visit this webpage.