Founded within the premises of the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica and initially operating under the auspices of the Goriška Museum, in 2000 the management of the Nova Gorica City Gallery was transferred to the Nova Gorica Arts Centre.
Beside the organisation of the Pixxelpoint International Festival of Computer Art, the Nova Gorica City Gallery features up to 10 exhibitions per year prepared by its house curators and frequently by guest curators of national and sometimes international origins. Solo and group exhibitions embrace all genres of contemporary art; projects are selected according to their quality, their originality of ideas, and their achievements in relation to contemporary art movements. The gallery tends to present a complex, quality-based view of the Slovene and international artistic production, as well as to focus upon artists from the area of Nova Gorica.
In addition to the programme of exhibitions, in 2000 the Gallery started to build its collection of the artists who had exhibited at the Gallery. The collection's central core is the contemporary painting while at the same time it diversifies into other media, including recent explorations.
Within this broad concept, a central place is occupied by the generation of artists that came of age in the second half of the 1990s and have already been recognised in institutional circles of Slovenian and international contemporary art. Thus the collection is one of the most important ones in Slovenia.
The works from the collection are occasionally exhibited, as in 2008, when the gallery prepared a group show from the collection entitled the Aesthetics of the New Millennium – Selected Works of Slovene Contemporary Art. The exhibition concentrated on the members of a strong generation of artists who graduated from the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts during the mid-1990s, and have made significant contributions to contemporary Slovenian painting and sculpture: painters Viktor Bernik, Miha Boljka, Uršula Berlot, Arjan Pregl, Miha Štrukelj, and Sašo Vrabič, and the two sculptors, Boštjan Drinovec and Primož Pugelj.
All the works in the collection are well-documented on the gallery's website.