The National Cartoon Gallery
Australia’s only dedicated cartoon gallery exhibiting the largest private collection of contemporary cartoons in the Southern Hemisphere.
Home of the Rotary Cartoon Awards, The National Cartoon Gallery @The Bunker in Coffs Harbour is the only gallery of its kind and known as the spiritual home of cartooning in Australia. Our entertaining and thought provoking exhibitions change regularly, as well as workshops, movie nights, performances and other special events for children and adults. You’re bound to find something to make you smile at the bunker!
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.
So come on, why don’t you… join us for a good laugh!
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Open 7 Days a Week 10am-4pm (Except for Christmas Day & Good Friday)
General Admission Adults $10, Pensioners $8, Children Under 16 $6, Under 5 Free