Lake Macquarie Art Centre Reopens

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Event & Venue, Lake Macquarie LGA, News ~ by Press on  7 Nov 2019

Weekend events for re-opening of revitalised arts space.

After a $2.3 million upgrade, Lake Macquarie’s Museum of Art and Culture (MAC). reopens this month.

From Saturday 23 November through to Sunday 24 November, MAC and the sculpture park will host music, exhibitions, bazaars, tours, and children’s workshops.

Our popular art gallery has received a major renovation as well as new name to better reflect the exciting contemporary art exhibitions and programs we will host over the coming years,” said Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley.

MAC is a destination point for our City, where visitors have access to stunning artworks from national and emerging contemporary artists all while taking in the incredible views of the lake.”

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said the launch weekend will be an opportunity for the community to experience the new activities and programs MAC has to offer.

MAC is reinventing the way we do art in Lake Macquarie,” Cr Fraser said.

The contemporary space will host a range of engaging and inspiring exhibitions and programs from a range of artists.

For a full program of events, visit

Weekend program highlights
  • us. (universal stories) – exhibition featuring work by contemporary artists whose practices tell stories about the human condition, transcending specific politics, culture, religion, gender, geographical location.
  • we. wiyelliko – this exhibition explores the elemental response of contemporary Aboriginal artists to their environment.
  • be. (YOUR COLLECTION be remembered) – This exhibition celebrates MAC’s two most significant gifts: the Ruth Spenser Koman Bequest (of the Dobell collection) and the recent Shirley Firkin Bequest (comprising works from 1960s-70s by artists such as Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, Robert Dickerson, Tom Gleghorn and Margaret Olley).
  • Children’s activities include expression through sound, storytime with Aboriginal Artist Michelle Earle and an interactive workshop about Aboriginal language and songs
  • Live music on the terrace with DJ Wanjun Carpenter
  • Hunter Arts Network Art Bazaar
  • Guided exhibition tours with the curators

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