The Carnegie Art Gallery is a public Art Museum situated in the Central Business District of Newcastle, Kwa-Zulu Natal, adjacent to the Municipal Gardens.
Its collection includes contemporary paintings, sculptures, ceramics, fibre art, beadwork, weaving and wooden carvings by critically acclaimed and recognised South African artists. A unique and valuable collection of African Art & Zulu material cultural objects has also been accumulated.
The gallery is a many sided cultural centre with an important social, educational and cultural role to play. It has generated considerable donor support over the years, encouraged the development of craft production in the region, and it contributes to a culturally enriched life for the citizens of Northern KwaZulu Natal and to tourists visiting the region.
It holds regular temporary exhibitions and has an active outreach programme. It also organises workshops on a variety of practical craft skills. Isiphethu is an example of its success in this field, and the embroidered works by members of this group are sold through the Gallery Shop.
The building is a declared national monument and was built in 1915 as a library with funds from the Carnegie Corporation. It is in the classic Edwardian/Georgian architectural style and all the original features have been retained.