Museum and Gallery Collection Policy

The Museum and Gallery collections comprise of over 500 artworks by local and national artists, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics and works on paper, and over 17,000 museum objects, including photographs and oral histories; with material relating to domestic, maritime, business, tourism and industry history. Indigenous artefacts and photographs of local Elders also form a significant part of the collection. The Museum and Gallery will be combined in Yarrila Arts and Museum (YAM) at Yarrila Place. In transitioning to YAM, exhibition space will increase, enabling new, state-of-the-art exhibitions, programs and events. The City continues to actively acquire new objects to build on existing collections in order to support the cultural needs and heritage of the Coffs Harbour region.

This document sets the policy for the development and management of the City of Coffs Harbour’s (City) Museum and Gallery permanent collections, to:

1. Ensure services are clearly aligned with relevant plans and strategies.

2. Establish principles and criteria for collecting, conservation, loans, de-accessioning and disposal.

3. Enrich and engage the community culturally and artistically.