This sub-collection focuses on a wide range of media and thematic approaches. Artists represented particularly include those working in the 1950-60s and 1980-90s.
Early acquired works by key Australian and Hunter-based artists were accessioned through the City of Lake Macquarie – Charlestown Square Art Prize (1986-1991), which charted the themes explored by artists during this dynamic period in Australian art.
The legacy was a strong beginning to a locally supported regional collection selected by esteemed judges who understood the contemporary art scene and the context for which the works were being acquired. Works include those by Lindy Lee, Janet Laurence and Ken Unsworth.
Also forming part of the 20th Century sub-collection are two significant bequests from the late Shirley Firkin and Ruth Spenser Komon. The Ruth Spenser Komon Bequest comprises seven works by Sir William Dobell, including a late self-portrait. Dobell was a well-known Lake Macquarie resident until his death in 1970. The Shirley Firkin Bequest features work by artists including:
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