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, 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 MAC's 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

Artwork: detail from Brett McMahon's After Nature (2013)

21 Century

Significant contemporary art in all media reflecting the best in Australian contemporary practice on a national and regional level.

Artwork: Signals (detail) by Robert Boynes

20 Century

A wide range of media and thematic approaches, particularly by artists working in the 1950-60s and 1980-90s. This collection is mostly comprised of works from the Shirley Firkin and Ruth Spenser Komon bequests.

Artwork: Unnatural History by Janet Laurence

Still Waters Clear Visions

This focus area, not only refers to ‘water’ as a literal and metaphoric theme, but also a clear expression or vison of the complex social and environmental aspects of the City and region interwoven through its Aboriginal and post-contact history and contemporary lifestyles.

Artwork: detail from the Heron Island suite by Judy Watson


Works by contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.