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

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Current exhibition

Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth - 26 May to 22 July 20178

Connection to Country remains central and enduring in Aboriginal culture regardless of the complexities entrenched by government policies since colonisation. Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth presents contemporary Aboriginal artists’ perspectives on this connection and acknowledges ‘reading’ of the earth as elemental for Aboriginal people. Building on the strength of existing cultural foundations in the region, this multidisciplinary exhibition comprises works selected for their reflection of Country or Dreaming. These contemporary Aboriginal artists use traditional or new media in traditional or new ways. Contemporary does not have to mean a divergence from cultural practice and lore.

A gallery project curated by Donna Biles-Fernando and developed in consultation with the Aboriginal Reference Group.

About Hunter Red

The Hunter Red suite of exhibitions represents a collaborative vision shared by Hunter-based institutions: Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery and The Lock-Up. This collaborative project. Hunter Redis a collaboration born to challenge and explore the earth on which we stand, our celebration and revelry, our flesh and blood and our political unrest.

A Hunter Cultural Collective project with partners Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery, and The Lock-Up.

Image: Megan Cope, Old Kahibah (detail) 2018, parish maps, vinyl print; Old Kahibah sound extraction and abstraction; locally sourced rocks and hallowed timber; violin, cello and double bass strings. Courtesy the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne.

Page last updated: 28 May 2018