How would you describe the art gallery of the future and what would you love to see? More exhibitions of suspended palm trees?
Illawarra residents are being asked for their suggestions with a refresh imminent of the strategic plan for Wollongong Art Gallery.
Once complete, the plan would shape the types of exhibitions, programs and experiences at the 41-year-old institution.
Program director John Monteleone said today's galleries had moved away from the "passive experience model of the past" - simply hanging pictures on walls or putting sculptures on display - for more interactive participation.
"Today, art in galleries can be experienced in a range of ways but almost always has something to impart beyond just aesthetics," he said.
"Art is a way to tell diverse stories, give voice to those who have previously been without voice or been marginalised and also to explore sometimes challenging ideas."
In recent times the City of Wollongong has moved to embrace art in many ways and sometimes caused controversy doing it.
The city is now known for its giant mural festival Wonderwalls, which earlier this year moved suburbs to brighten up Port Kembla.
Sandstone and suspended palm trees in the Crown Street Mall continue to be a topic of discussion in the lunch room.
Giant rabbits and Indigenous puppets lighting up the mall at night have enticed the public to come out despite cool temperatures, showing the community is getting behind culture.
Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the art gallery was a space to "explore and celebrate our regional identity" and encouraged the wider community to have their say on what they want.
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Workshops are being run as well as an online survey to include the community's "diverse voices, opinions and needs".
The gallery - formerly known as Wollongong City Gallery - was founded from the generous donation of a Cringila steelworker and art enthusiast, Bronious "Bob" Sredersas.
His gift to the city in 1976 of more than 100 notable paintings, ceramics and artefacts became the founding pillars of the gallery, which opened in 1978 in what is now the Wollongong Youth Centre. It moved to its current home - the former council chambers - in 1991.
"A strong, creative and inclusive culture strengthens community values and is an essential component to our sense of identity - of who we are and what we stand for," Monteleone said.
To have your say on the art gallery of the future, visit: www.haveyoursaywollongong.com.au/art-gallery-strategic-plan or call council on (02) 4227 7111.