Forty artists have contributed work to a show now on at Wollongong's Project Contemporary Artspace.
The exhibition, I'm In, is a rare members' show and comes as the gallery's custodians appeal for greater community involvement in the venue.
Artspace treasurer Gino Chiodo, who is exhibiting a series of travel photos in conjunction with the members' show, said it had been challenging to fill the exhibition calendar, possibly because artists were struggling financially.
"This year's a bit slow," he said.
"We need people who support or love art to come along to the space."
The gallery is owned by Wollongong City Council.
It provides Illawarra artists with space in the city centre to exhibit and sell their work, for a minimal fee.
Artists often organise joint shows to share the cost of an exhibition.
Wollongong City Gallery director John Montleone opened the 'I'm In' exhibition last month.
It runs until February 24.