Moree Plains Gallery' permanent collection recognises the rich heritage and variety of cultural production in our region. The collection is made up of contemporary works by Australian artists dealing with ideas and concepts relevant to the historical, environmental and cultural concerns of the people of the Black Soil Plains. As an Aboriginal Keeping Place we preserve and promote Aboriginal culture through permanent and temporary exhibitions and education programs. The gallery has one of the most significant collections of Indigenous art in regional New South Wales. Over the past few years the Gallery has built on the strengths of the collection by acquiring significant works of art by indigenous and non-indigenous artists, mainly through gifts and endowments from private collectors. Important artists represented in the collection include Sally Gabori, Fred Williams, Tracey Moffatt, Percy Lindsay, Rover Thomas and Brett Whitley.
The permanent collection is often displayed on the upper floor of the Gallery building in curated exhibitions that balance historic and contemporary cultural concepts. Displays are rotated regularly to show the collection to its best advantage. A constant feature of the upstairs galleries is a large sculpture, carved from Carrara marble by Melbourne artist Peter Schipperhyn. Entitled The fear of intimacy, the sculpture was bought for the collection with funds raised entirely from the local community. Similarly, the building's main hallway is home to a permanent display of historical Aboriginal artefacts, including boomerangs, spears, woomeras, coolamons, bark paintings and carved emu eggs. These objects were the basis of a large donation to Moree Plains Shire Council by Robert Bleakley in the early 1980s.
The gallery holds these objects in safe keeping for their traditional owners.