About the Gallery

The Bunker Cartoon Gallery in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, is home to Australia's largest archive of print — and increasingly digital — cartoons.

The heart of the collection is the Rotary Cartoon Awards, an annual comic and cartooning competition run by the Bunker Gallery that celebrates the cartoonist's art. The 2017 winner was Judy Nadin for her caricature of Donald Trump.

Many generous donors have also bequeathed their collections to the Bunker's permanent archive.

All up we have more than 23,000 cartoons in our collection, available for viewing in bound catalogues or via a touch screen display. Themed exhibitions from the collection are frequently displayed.

About the Gallery

The Bunker Cartoon Gallery in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, is home to Australia's largest archive of print — and increasingly digital — cartoons.

The heart of the collection is the Rotary Cartoon Awards, an annual comic and cartooning competition run by the Bunker Gallery that celebrates the cartoonist's art. The 2017 winner was Judy Nadin for her caricature of Donald Trump.

Many generous donors have also bequeathed their collections to the Bunker's permanent archive.

All up we have more than 23,000 cartoons in our collection, available for viewing in bound catalogues or via a touch screen display. Themed exhibitions from the collection are frequently displayed.

Current Exhibitions

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CARTOON SYMPHONY - Tanja Ackerman -  31 March to 20 May

Seeing sound?? Yes, this is the talent of local artist, Tanja Ackerman, a Synesthetic Artist.

The “Cartoon Symphony” exhibition is Tanja’s latest body of work, drawing inspiration from Cartoon soundtracks as well as a variety of other musical genres. In this exhibition, you will experience cartoon imagery and music in a completely unique way. Tanja has extended her work beyond the traditional cartoon stereotypes, portraying not only superheroes and pop culture but musicians as well.

Many of us share the experience of a special cartoon character, be it heroic, inspirational or comical. They have the power to transport us back to that time of childhood and those wonderful memories.

The process of observing music and natural sounds is described by Tanja: “I see music. When I hear music, birdsong, etc., I literally see moving colours, patterns and textures in my visual field. I have been seeing sound for as long as I can remember.” This ability is known as Synaesthesia. It is a gift in which stimulation of one sense (auditory) leads to a sensory experience in a different sense (visual).

‘Cartoon Symphony’ will exhibit at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery from 31 March to 20 May. 

We're open daily 10 am to 4 pm with admission for adults $5; children under 16 $3; Friends of the Bunker and kids under 5 FREE. Why not be a Friend for only $10 per annum, and enjoy free (or discounted) entry, special event invitations, and discounts on workshops and merchandise.

For more information, to arrange a group booking, or for morning or afternoon tea, please call us on 02 6651 7343 or email office@bunkercartoongallery or visit our Facebook page.

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TWO SPECIAL OFFERS FOR SENIORS

Offer #1 - Daily entry two-for-one offer (normally $5 each)

Offer #2 - Hear Tanja Ackerman speak about how she 'sees the music' at a Meet the Artist Afternoon Tea
at 2.30pm on Monday 9 April at the two-for-one offer   (normally $10 each)

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Thursday, 19 April - 3 sessions
Friday, 20 April - 2 sessions

Wednesday, 11 July - 3 sessions (with Jules Faber)
Thursday, 12 July - 2 sessions (with Jules Faber)

Monday, 8 October - 2 sessions (with Tony Colley)
Tuesday, 9 October - 3 sessions (with Tony Colley)

They're back!

Cartooning Workshops at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery with Phil Judd, a full-time cartoonist, illustrator and animator from Comic Express.

Three classes on Thursday, 19 April (10 am – 11.30 am “Cute & Crazy Pets”, 12.30 pm – 2.00 pm “Create Your Own Dragon” & 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm “Create Your Own Cartoon Characters”). Two classes on Friday, 20 April (10.30 am – 12.00 noon “Cute Manga Monsters” & 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm “Fun Cartoon African Animals”).

Cost is $20 per person with family & Friends of the Gallery discounts.

Book & pay by 4 pm, Tuesday 17 April. 

 

Upcoming workshops in July & October 2018, too. Contact us 02 6651 7343 or email office@bunkercartoongallery.com.au for more information.

For more information, or to secure a place, please ring Janet Thompson at the Bunker on 02 6651 7343, Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. Or email office@bunkercartoongallery.com.au

Venue

Make your next corporate function or private event a little out of the ordinary.

The Bunker Cartoon Gallery is available for hire and ensures your presentation, function or event is one that is remembered.

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 can also help organise guest gift packages.

To date we've hosted corporate functions, musical acts and weddings, as well as special events such as International Women's Day and the Biggest Morning Tea.

Get in touch today to talk to us about your next function.

  • Corporate functions, special events, weddings, club meets, social gatherings
  • Bar facilities, staff and catering can be arranged (or you can DIY)
  • PA and projector available
  • Special themed packages can be arranged
  • Premium printed cartoons as guests' gifts
  • Add some humour to your presentation and use our cartoons as backgrounds or for emphasis
  • Extremely good rates

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What our visitors say

An exceptional little gallery with lots of history and cartoons as well. The Phantom exhibition was fantastic the only dismay was the inability to take photos, which I do understand. There was a great picture of a female phantom which was very relevant in today's times.

Louise Jane Dickson

Awesome Gallery. The Bald Archy Exhibition was incredible. The artists were so talented, especially Julie Nadin who painted portraits of Jimmy Barnes, Magda Zubanski & Bob Hawke. The volunteers at the Gallery were so friendly & informative. Well worth a visit !!!

Natalie Salter

This is an amazing place. The Phantom display was excellent.

Terry Russell

Loved the interactive side of the Phantom display. Great for kids of all ages

Karen Fauchon

The cartoons are a great laugh and piece of history, the staff and volunteers are wonderful. Just something different to do right on city hill.

Susan Robinson

The Bunker Cartoon Gallery do an excellent job promoting and showcasing Australian Cartooning. Well worth the visit.

Gary Clark

Much hard work has been invested to make this a unique gallery for cartoon art. Well done!

Yvonne Clark

Friendly, funny and well worth a visit. You could spend hours just going through the archives!

Chris Barr

Well worth a visit, even my teenagers enjoyed the cartoons!

Lucy Freestone

5 Stars

Lorna Welsh, Julianne McKeon, Martin Wells, Sarah Rose, Linda Wells, Dee Texidor

Recent Exhibitions

Opening Hours

Open daily, 10 am–4 pm (Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day)

Adults $5 entry; Children under 16 $3; Friends of the Gallery and under-5s Free

Gallery Manager

Margaret Cameron
(02) 6651 7343

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