Established in 1972 with the first acquisitions from the biennial Stanthorpe Art Prize, the collection has grown to almost 900 pieces, representing the diversity of Australian art practice through the wide ranging mediums of fibre/ textile, painting, ceramics, works on paper and sculpture.
A number of internationally recognised Australian artists are represented in the collection with selected works having great significance in their oeuvres. William Robinson, Jon Molvig, Margaret Olley, Charles Blackman are present with artists such as Gordon Bennett, Barbara Schey and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott having pivotal works represented. Generous donations from Pamela Bell O.A.M, and William Bowmore A.M. have added considerable depth to the collection with a number of European artists including Pablo Picasso, being represented.
The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery continues to acquire works by Australian artists for the Southern Downs Regional Council collection. The latest additions are two works by Lloyd Hornsby Gawura titled Stanthorpe 2012, gifted by the artist and Hands Off acquired through the assistance of a benefactor. The Stanthorpe Art Gallery Society Inc Collection and Acquisitions policy is available for public perusal.
Works are acquired through the biennial art festival, donations, bequests and purchases.
The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery has been endorsed as a public gallery with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status by the Australian Tax Office and details now lodged with the Australian Non-profit and Charities Commission. This status allows for financial donations and cultural objects (works of art) to be received under the Commonwealth Cultural Gifts program.
The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery administers the Southern Downs Regional Council Art Collection through the auspice of the Stanthorpe Art Gallery Society Incorporated.