Lake Macquarie History

21st Century

A strong holding of significant contemporary art, craft and design in all media forms the basis of this sub-collection. Acquisitions reflect the best in Australian contemporary practice on a national and regional level.

In 2015 and 2016, the art museum acquired over 50 new artworks, which included works on paper, photographic and sculptural works. Artists who have generously gifted works over this period include Aaron Bellette, Ian Burns, Adam Geczy, Janet Laurence, Brett McMahon, Sherna Teperson, and Judy Watson. Artworks were also acquired through the generosity of the MAC Society and private individuals, who have either donated or gifted works.
The art museum plays an important role in acquiring, managing, interpreting and presenting works of art for both residents and visitors to Lake Macquarie. New acquisitions into this focus area enrich the cultural life of our region through inclusion in future gallery-curated projects.

The sub-collection continues to develop through purchases with funds raised by the MAC Society, and tax incentives through the Cultural Gifts Program.

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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