Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

Located on the shores of Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake, the leafy grounds of the award-winning Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery boast state-of-the-art seminar facilities, a sculpture park, mosaic pathways and the historic Awaba House Restaurant Cafe. Lake Macquarie is unique among regional galleries due to its location and quality of programming. Touring shows alternate with gallery-curated exhibitions featuring nationally significant artists, many of whom share a connection with the Hunter.

Contemporary visual arts, craft and design practice are the main focus of our exhibitions, and respectful Aboriginal projects are a strong component of the program.

The gallery is laocated at First Street Booragul  and can be reached easily via the lake foreshore cycleway, the water or by public transport.

Current exhibition - until 25 March 2018

Resolution: new Indigenous photomedia

We are delighted to host this important exhibition at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Touring from the National Gallery of Australia, Resolution: new Indigenous photomedia brings stories of the world’s oldest continuous living culture to our regional audiences. Using still photography, video, and other photomedia, some of Australia’s most exciting contemporary artists engage with history through personal, cultural and social aspects. Critically acclaimed artists and exciting emerging talent come together for this unique exhibition. Among the featured artists are Tony Albert, Brooke Andrew, Nici Cumpston, Danie Mellor, James Taylor, Christian Thompson and Jason Wing.

Through her photographs, Barkindji woman Nici Cumpston, explores the lack/misuse of water in the Murray-Darling River system. Her images are created by using black-and-white film, which is printed on canvas and hand coloured in watercolour, therefore the artist is imprinting her mark on the landscape. Tony Albert’s colourful sticker-covered portraits raise important conversations about contemporary Australia and the importance of being positive in the face of hardship. Danie Mellor’s romantic large-scale photographs of the exotic landscapes of far North Queensland are portrayed with his signature colours reminiscent of blue-and-white ceramics as a symbol for colonisation. Darren Siwes’ highly stylised and constructed studio portraits of ‘Jimmy’, the potential grandson of Edward VIII, and his sister are a contradiction in their humour and are deep and meaningful.

The variety of techniques, technical ability and adept storytelling makes this a visual feast of an exhibition and a ‘must see’ experience.

What visitors are saying:

‘Fantastic – thought provoking- so much talent’

‘An amazing & enlightening exhibition’

‘Wonderful – v. moving stuff’

‘A really inspiring & beautiful exhibition’

The National Gallery of Australia acknowledges funding support from the Visions touring and the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Programs, both Australian Government programs aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Also on display are landscape works from the collection by Ronald Baer, Michael Bell, Ian Friend, Janet Laurence, John Morris and Gordon Rintoul.

Image: Nici Cumpston Scar tree, Barkindji Country (detail), 2011-14 from the series having been-there, chromogenic colour photograph, colour pencil, watercolour, synthetic polymer paint, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 2016 ©the artist

Page last updated: 13 March 2018