The City of Albany art collection is a valuable asset to the community, and whilst it does have a monetary value, it provides much more value through its contribution to an understanding of our local history and a sense of place and helps to inform our community identity and how we see ourselves within the broader national context. 

The City's Collection has the capacity to link people to place through visual interchange and is always of significant interest to visitors to our region, helping to promote Albany as a cultural tourism destination.


The City of Albany art collection today consists of approximately 398 works of art with an emphasis on 20th century works by Australian artists. It has a strong focus on Western Australian artists.

It is very likely the collection commenced with artwork bequeathed by Claude Hotchin in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Claude was a self-made businessman and a supportive philanthropist of the Arts. He spent most of his life in Western Australia and during the course of his life bequeathed approximately 2000 artworks to various public institutions including Royal Perth Hospital, University of Western Australia and the Art Gallery of WA. He was a firm believer in art being accessible to many people and consequently donated a large number of his artworks to regional councils throughout WA, including Collie, Katanning, Northam, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Narrogin, Mt Barker, Manjimup, Bunbury, Busselton, Kojonup and Albany. Most regional art collections commenced with Hotchin’s bequests.

The artworks in the City of Albany art collection have been acquired through acquisitive art prizes, bequests, donations, loans, commissions and purchases.

Most artworks from the collection can be loaned to local businesses that meet climate and security requirements.

If you would like more information regarding the loan of artworks from the collection, please contact

To view the Art Collection website, click here

The Art Collection Policy is currently under review and will be updated in 2021

Albany Art Prize

The Albany Art Prize was a national painting prize supported by the Jack Family Charitable Trust that ran from 2008 to 2018. As a painting prize it put Albany on the national map, and at the time was the most lucrative regional art prize in the country.

The major prize was $25,000 with the offer of $2,500 to support the artist to undertake a studio residency at the Vancouver Arts Centre.  There was also a $2,500 commendation award and a $2,500 People’s Choice award. This was an acquisitive prize, with the winning painting being acquired into the COA art collection. The result was a major injection of national contemporary artworks to the collection.

Albany History Collection

The Albany History Collection has returned to the Albany Public Library.  The Albany History Collection (AHC) was established in the 1980s to collect historical information on Albany and the surrounding regions and has since become one of Western Australia's leading local history collections.

The Collection contains all types of documentary information - books, pamphlets, journals, newspapers, maps, photographs, private archives, oral histories, films and birth, death and marriage registers. These are stored in a variety of formats, including microfilm and CD-ROM.

For more information, please visit the Library website.