Founded on the basis as an Art Gallery  for the School of Art & Design ITM, the gallery started functioning in 1983 but was only officially unveiled on September 2, 1988.  It was located on the fifth floor of the Art & Design School new building.  From then on, the gallery was fully operational and as final year graduates grew, the collections grew just as well and were systematically documented by the curatorial administration. 

Furthermore, as many diverse programs were organized, the gallery became a reputable source not only on collecting works of arts but also as a focal resource centre towards all arts activities within the national circuit.  The gallery came to be known as an attractive centre for visitors and foreign dignitaries to visit when in UiTM, besides continuing to serve its role in the research and development of arts towards the nation cultural heritage.

The functions of the gallery grew in complement with its efforts to face the global challenges in the field of arts and design.  In recognition with the gallery functions and capabilities, the former Vice Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi MARA YBhg Tan Sri Prof Dr Ibrahim Abu Shah allowed the transfer of the gallery to UiTM historical landmark, the old chancellery building in year 2006.

Operating with its new identity as UiTM Art Gallery on 12 December 2006, the gallery further evolved when on 24th May 2007, the Gallery came to be known as the Galeri Seni Tuanku Nur Zahirah or better known as GESTURZ  which was officially unveiled by Her Majesty The Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah.

GESTURZ will continue to further develop for the nation’s betterment and propel Malaysia art scene with the sole aim of reviving a creative nation in-line with its tagline “Beyond Art & Creativity”.