About The National Cartoon Gallery
The National Cartoon Gallery is Australia’s only dedicated cartoon gallery exhibiting the largest private collection of contemporary cartoons in the Southern Hemisphere.The Gallery is housed in an authentic underground WWII bunker that has been converted to a funky 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 23,500 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 is available for hire and ensures your presentation, corporate function or private event is memorable. The venue is close to town but removed enough to not cause issues with neighbours. It is air-conditioned and extremely well sound-proofed (hey, it’s underground!). We can offer bar, staff, and catering, or leave it up to you. Special packages that coordinate our cartoon collection with your event can be arranged. We love to host corporate functions, birthday parties, film nights, musical acts and even weddings.
Yes, we welcome school groups, social groups, tour operators, and special needs groups. Morning and afternoon tea are available for a small extra charge. Let us know if you would like a guided tour of the Gallery’s history and exhibition. To find out more, send us a message or call 0266 517 343.
Become a Friend of the Gallery
Want FREE entry to almost all our exhibitions? For a small fee, you can become a Friend of the Gallery.
Bring your card whenever you visit and make the most of being a Friend.
- Free entry to general exhibitions
- Discounts to some special exhibitions events and workshops
- Invitations to Opening Nights
- “Underground” newsletter via email and other e-news
1 Year $11, 3 Years $33 and 5 years $55 (GST included)
Joining is easy When you next visit the Gallery, ask our friendly volunteers how to join.
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