Lake Macquarie History

Visual Arts

The collection began in the 1976 with the periodic acquisition of artworks by Lake Macquarie City Council. With the establishment of the gallery (Museum of Art and Culture (MAC) | yapang) in 1980, the collection has evolved through purchase, acquisitive prizes, donations and commissions.

Currently the visual art collection comprises a strong core group of paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and photo media by established contemporary Australian artists, including many from the Hunter region. Works include those acquired through initiatives such as the City of Lake Macquarie and Charlestown Square Art Prize (1986-1991) and the Ronaldo Cameron Collection (1991). Another source has been the Ruth Spenser Komon estate, through which MAC | yapang received a number of works by Sir William Dobell (2002).

The Collection has other strengths, in particular the Still Waters Clear Visions and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Works on Paper focus collection.

MAC | yapang continues to develop its collection through support from the MAC Society (formerly Lake Macquarie Art Gallery Society), the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, and various funding bodies, particularly for sculpture park commissions.

Acknowledgement of Country

We remember and respect the Ancestors who cared for and nurtured this Country. It is in their footsteps that we travel these lands and waters. Lake Macquarie City Council acknowledges the Awabakal people and Elders past, present and future.

Council acknowledges traditional custodians throughout Australia. We commit to listening deeply to and collaborating with First Peoples in our work.

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