Sabah Art Gallery also organizes various exhibitions featuring works by groups or individual artists. Some of these exhibitions are annual displays such as the Annual Art Selection Exhibition, Annual Invitational Exhibition, Women’s Art Exhibition, New Artists Exhibition while the rest of the activities are staged based on the request from groups or individual artists.
On top of these the gallery also organizes travelling exhibitions particularly for school children.
The gallery is also involved in staging exhibitions of works by foreign artists especially those which are organized and sponsored by their own governments or private agencies.
One of the gallery's major activities is the Annual Art Selection which was started in 1985 with the objective of involving the participation of members of the community in the state both in the production and in the support for the development of creative and artistic works. Normally the activity is launched in January, closed at the end of June and climaxed in a special exhibition and prizes presentation ceremony held in conjunction with the Tuan Yang Terutama Negeri Sabah birthday celebration.
The gallery also organizes informal workshops of drawing and painting which is open to anybody and is free of charge. It is conducted every weekend at the Sabah Art Gallery compound by a well-known artist with the objective of creating an avenue for those interested to develop their skill under a conducive environment.