The Civic Gallery is located in St. Antony square specifically in the ex Franciscan Church of St. Antony. The religious building was built in 1334 and was destroyed on August 1566 due to a Turkish attack on the Adriatic Coast. Reconstruction work began with delay and continued with discontinuity. Cause of various historical and religious events, the church was sold to the Municipality and deconsecrated on 1975.
The civic gallery of contemporary art was established nearly sixty years ago, by the painter Achille Pace, who decided to give a gift to the city and, together with the support of the Municipality, founded the Termoli award, a contemporary art’ award. Today the collection consists of more than 470 works, mostly painted on canvas, but also sculptural works made with various techniques and materials. Collected works represent a rarity in the Italian panorama of the galleries of contemporary art. Already in the Sixties and Seventies there were, perhaps unique cases in Italy, post-informal artwork of abstractionism and planned and kinetic art. The collection preserves works belonging to excellent figures of the second Roman school such as Carla Accardi, Luigi Boille, Antonio Calderara, Aldo Calò, Nicola Carrino, Edgardo Mannucci, Achille Pace, Achille Perilli, Antonio Sanfilippo, Giulio Turcato, Giuseppe Uncini, Mario Schifano, Tano Festa, Franco Angeli, Gino Marotta and many more.
Today the civic gallery is a location for cultural events, contemporary art exhibitions and presentations.