The City of Albany offers a range of arts and cultural services aimed at building the cultural and social fabric of our community and reflecting Albany's identity as a highly creative and arts-engaged regional hub.

The City of Albany manages the Vancouver Arts Centre, which is based in a historic building on Vancouver Street and offers an annual program of events and cultural services for the local community and visitors to the region. For more information please view the Vancouver Arts Centre Page

The City of Albany's permanent art collection comprises of more than 300 works of art with an emphasis on early 20th century works by Australian artists donated by Sir Claude Hotchin in the 1950’s and 60’s, and artworks acquired through the Albany Art Prize and Great Southern Art Award. These latter items are largely by Western Australian artists practising in the late 20th century and early 21st century. There are a number of other works, which have been donated or bequeathed over the years since 1950.

Objectives of the Collection

  • To further develop and maintain a visual art collection of state and local significance and repute that reflects the cultural aspirations of the community.
  • To collect works of visual art of demonstrable excellence by artists of significance and who have a connection with Western Australia or the Great Southern region, with particular emphasis on contemporary WA art, all art of local significance, particularly that by local artists.
  • To collect works of visual art of heritage and historical value.
  • To collect or commission selectively, works of art which enhance the civic buildings and public areas of the City and which foster an understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts among members of the general public.
  • To collect works of significance for the fostering of research and reference.
  • To ensure the preservation and safe keeping of the collection.
  • To maximise accessibility to the collection.
  • To heighten the public profile of the collection leading to greater community awareness, involvement and support.

Much of the collection can be viewed at the Library, the City's administration building on North Road and the Vancouver Arts Centre. The Vancouver Arts Centre regularly curate exhibitions that draw on the City's collection and the City of Albany Art Prize acquires a new work for the collection annually. The Great Southern Art Award acquires a work for the collection from the local community on a biennial basis.

For all enquiries relating to the Collection please contact the City of Albany's Visual Arts Officer who is based at the Vancouver Arts Centre on 08 9841 9260 or email

Albany Art Prize 2018

Important dates

The presentation of the Albany Art Prize has been rescheduled from September 2017 and will now be held during March and April 2018.

8 September 2017

8 December  2017


About the Prize

The Albany Art Prize is a national survey of contemporary Australian painting which is part of a suite of Cultural Services offered by the City of Albany and made possible through significant sponsorship by the Jack Family Charitable Trust.

The objectives of the Prize are:

  • To encourage and recognise the artistic, creative and innovative skills of professional Australian artists;
  • To provide community access to a visual art exhibition of high quality for education and appreciation purposes;
  • To acquire a high quality contemporary artwork for the City’s Art Collection; and
  • To raise awareness of the City of Albany as WA’s premier regional City.

The Prize features the following awards:

  • A Major Acquisitive Prize of $25,000 sponsored by the Jack Family Trust + residency at the Vancouver Arts Centre with a $2500 assistance for residency.
  • A Commendation Award of $2,500 sponsored by the Jack Family Trust (non-acquisitive)
  • A People’s Choice Award of $2,500 sponsored by the City of Albany (non-acquisitive)

For more information please visit the official Albany Art Prize website.

The Albany Art Prize is coordinated by the City of Albany's Visual Arts Officer who can be contacted at the Vancouver Arts Centre on 08 9841 9260 or email

This annual event is coordinated the City of Albany's Vancouver Arts Centre and takes place along Vancouver Street and in the historic Vancouver Arts Centre building.

Click here to watch the 2016 Vancouver Street Festival Highlights Video

in 2016, the City updated its Policy and Guidelines for the management and implementation of Art in the Public Domain.

Any community organisation or business wishing to develop artwork for the public domain must make an application to the City of Albany. Applications are handled through the Vancouver Arts Centre and all assessments are made in conjunction with the City's Planning department.

The Vancouver Arts Centre can provide advice and assistance to any individual or organisation wishing to develop public art (whether for the public domain or on private property).

Please use the following links to download the policy and guidelines and for further information please contact the Vancouver Arts Centre on 6820 3740 or email

Art in the Public Domain Guideline (141KB) View File  OR   Download FileCompliments the Council Policy Position: Council Policy: Art in the Public Domain (2016). Adopted by Council on 27/09/2016 Resolution CS030.
Art in the Public Domain Policy (331KB) View File  OR   Download FileThis policy defines the rules that apply to the provision of art in the public domain. Adopted by Council on 27/09/2016 Resolution CS030. Reviewed by Council OCM 223/05/2017 Resolution CCCS028.