The National Cartoon Gallery
Australia’s only Cartoon Gallery exhibiting the largest collection of contemporary cartoons in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Gallery is housed in an authentic underground WWII bunker that has been converted to a unique exhibition space. This metamorphosis from a bunker to a gallery, is largely thanks to the Coffs City Rotary Club and in particular, two drivers of the project, Tom Hamilton-Foster and the late John Champion. Their work in acquiring sponsorships and local business funding enabled the restoration of the building to proceed. Their caricatures are proudly displayed in the Gallery’s foyer.
Today, the Gallery is custodian of the Coffs Cartoon Collection, with over 24,000 cartoons from leading Australian and international cartoonists including private donations and bequeaths of rare works. Its role, although different to its wartime past, is still one of communicator and protector of Australia’s history, albeit in satirical form.
The Bunker Cartoon Gallery Inc. continues to run the National Cartoon Gallery today. It is a not-for-profit, registered charity with charitable gift recipient status granted by the Taxation office. The Gallery has been the recipient of many awards, including the distinguished Stanley Award presented by the Australian Cartoonists Association (ACA) for outstanding contribution to cartooning and North Coast NSW Tourism Awards for Heritage and Culture. The Gallery boasts a great team of volunteers who play an important part in the daily running of the Gallery and ensuring its future.
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The National Cartoon Gallery has several spaces available for hire for corporate functions or private events.
It is air-conditioned and extremely well sound-proofed. We can provide bar staff and catering, or leave it up to you.
We can coordinate your event with our cartoon collection and exhibitions.
We love to host corporate functions, birthday parties, film nights, musical and theatre events, and even weddings.
We welcome school groups, social groups, tour operators, and special needs groups. Book a tour today.
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are available at the Bunker Cafe - open from 10 - 2pm.
Contact us if you would like a guided tour of the Gallery’s history and exhibitions.
To find out more, send us a message or call 02 6651 7343.
support US by becoming a Friend of the Gallery
- Personal invitation to exhibition opening nights and special events.
- Free entry to exhibitions whenever you bring along a paying guest.
- 10% discount to Blockbuster Exhibitions#, Concerts and Special Events.
- 10% discount on purchases of Gallery merchandise.
- “The Underground” newsletter and other e-news via email.
- Special Friends-Only events.
- Adult $33
- Pensioner Discount $28
Joining is easy - just ask any of our volunteers or phone the gallery on 02 6651 7343.
*Benefits are valid upon presentation of a current Friends of the Gallery card.
#Blockbuster Exhibitions are special one-off exhibitions, i.e. not regular or annual exhibitions.
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