Established over 40 years ago through the former Shoalhaven Art Society Annual Art Prize, the Shoalhaven City Art Collection has grown into a substantial collection containing works by important Australian artists, such as Arthur Boyd, Max Dupain, David Voigt, Dennis Adams, and includes a large collection of late colonial watercolours, oils and photographs of the Shoalhaven area by Samuel Elyard (1817-1910).

The Collection contains a strong regional and Shoalhaven representation including works by John Edward, Leonard Long, Suzanne Chick, Jim Birkett, Trudi Last, Paul Dimmer, and Shoalhaven Aboriginal linocut prints by Clive Freeman, Julie Freeman, Kristine Stewart, Max Williams and Suzanne Stewart.

Watercolours and drawings created during the Second World War by war artist Clarrie Payne were donated in 1988 by his family. Payne sketched life in the islands, as soldiers waited their next mission as well as detailed drawings of aircraft, engines and islanders.

In 2000 over 70 drawings by acclaimed sculptor/artist Dennis Adams were gifted to the Collection. These works feature ‘life on board’ a sailing vessel in 1917 on which a young 19 year old Adams was bound to London. The drawings detail the elegant rigging, sailors occupied in daily ship cleaning and entertainment, portraits, marine equipment and even the ship’s cat.

The Shoalhaven City Art Collection has been developed to enhance, enrich and educate as well as stimulate awareness and appreciation of visual arts practice in contemporary Australia and the Shoalhaven.

The MG Dingle & GB Hughes Collection was bequested to the City of Shoalhaven to form a part of the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery Collection which is held at the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre. A formal Deed of Agreement between the Shoalhaven City Council and Max Dingle and Gavin Hughes was drawn up and signed on 27 June 2008.

The MG Dingle & GB Hughes Collection