A Dog Day Out

Next date: Sunday, 30 June 2024 | 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM

Join us for a fun day out at MAC yapang to celebrate the conclusion of this year's Dobell Festival and the artist's love of his dogs

A Dog Day Out at the Museum of Art and Culture yapang as part of Dobell Festival, which celebrates the life and work of artist Sir William Dobell.

A Dog Day Out is a dog-friendly art event that celebrates the pooch in contemporary art, life and culture.

A team of artists, writers and photographers will work together to create amazing images of your dogs. You can choose to book in for a pet photography session with Lizz Mackenzie, or grab a coveted spot to have your dog sketched by artist Peter Lankas. Meanwhile, listen to musician Tony Jozef howling out a few of your favourite dog tunes on the MAC yapang terrace. Or choose a DIY option and photograph your canine companion in front of a hand-painted William Dobell inspired backdrop. Feeling creative? Book in for a pet portrait painting and drawing workshop with artist Ileana Clarke, or settle down to write about your pet with Helen Hopcroft. Bring your dog (on lead) and a picnic and enjoy a day in the beautiful grounds of MAC yapang.


  • Sunday 30th June 2024
  • 11am – 2pm,
  • Museum of Art and Culture yapang, 1A First Street Booragul NSW 2284
  • This is a free event with optional paid activities. Please note there is no need to print your tickets off for this event, the staff can provide electronic check upon entry.
  • The Sculpture Park surrounding MAC yapang is a designated dog on leash area, if bringing your pet please ensure they are ON LEAD.
  • Pets (excluding assistance and guide dogs) are not permitted within the Art Museum or cafe area. Pet parking stations are available, please refer to MAC yapang map below for locations
  • This event may be photographed and filmed and your image could be used in advertising and promotion by Lake Macquarie City Council. Should you wish to not be photographed or filmed please advise event organisers on entry at the event.
  • Please email [email protected] for further information


9:00am - MAC yapang exhibitions, retail outlet and Three Bears Cafe open

11:00am - Art space in the Sculpture Park - Free activity (weather dependent)

11:00am - LMCC Rangers will be onsite providing service information, as well as free pet micropchipping for LMCC residents. (Proof of address required. Limit of one pet per family)

11:00am - Music with Tony Jozef - Free activity 11 - 2pm

11:00am - Pet Photography with Lizz Mackenzie - Ticketed activity

11:30am - Digital Pet Sketches with Peter Lankas - Ticketed activity

11:30am - Pet Portrait Painting with Ileana Clarke - Ticketed activity

12:00 - Dog inspired writing workshop with Helen Hopcroft - Ticketed activity

2:00pm - Event concludes

3:00pm - MAC yapang exhibitions, retail outlet and Three Bears Cafe closes to the public

Exhibition: The Artist and His Dogs

8 June – 4 August

At a young age, and while studying drawing at night, William Dobell found his first job as a ‘dog-walloper’. His duties in this job were to keep dogs from ruining shop display windows, by chasing them away.

As an artist who left school at the age of 14 to forge his own path, this interaction with man’s best friend grew as did his practice. In this intimate set of photographs loaned from the AGNSW Archive Collection, we see a snippet of Dobell in his homelife, the artist with his dogs in Lake Macquarie


  • Sunday, 30 June 2024 | 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM


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