Visual Arts Collection

The Visual Arts Collection is comprised of four focus areas and includes works by highly-regarded national, international and Hunter-based artists; and comprises painting, works on paper, photography, sculpture, ceramics and installation as well as digital artworks, including video, sound works and new media.

The collection began in the early 1970s with the periodic acquisition of artworks by Lake Macquarie City Council. With the establishment of the former gallery in 1980, the collection has evolved through purchase, acquisitive prizes, donations and commissions.

The collection comprises a strong core group of two-dimensional works by established contemporary Australian artists, a number of key works by Sir William Dobell (bequeathed by Ruth Spenser Komon), large-scale contemporary sculptures in the park and Indigenous works on paper.

The art museum continues to develop its collection through support from MAC Society, the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, and various funding bodies, particularly for Sculpture Park commissions.

MAC's collection is now online

You can now explore the Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie, yapang's (MAC) extended collection anywhere anytime. We are continuing to digitise works from the 21 Century, 20 Century, Still Waters Clear Visions and yapang collections.

View MAC's collection online