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Current Exhibitions

YOUR COLLECTION: yapang

Kathleen Paddoon Nakarra Nakarra (detail) 2007 59.5 x 39.5cm, etching on Hahnemühle paper Donated by MAC Society, Cultural Collections Lake Macquarie, Museum of Art and Culture yapang Collection © the artist

Until 6 December

The word ‘yapang’  (pronounced yah-pung) means journey or pathway in Awabakal language, and is the name given to the newly dedicated program of Aboriginal exhibitions and related projects within MAC. In line with this, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus area of the collection is now known under the name ‘yapang’. This exhibition not only celebrates these initiatives, but also launches the commitment to showcase collection works permanently in the MAC exhibition space.

A yapang project selected in consultation with the Aboriginal Reference Group


Present Company

Ian Burns, Step (detail), 2014, piano, found objects, electronic and mechanical components, wood, parquet floor. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts program by the artist, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery © Ian Burns.

17 October – 6 December 2020

Curated to have both local and international resonance, this multidisciplinary exhibition features works by Hunter-bred contemporary artists who live further afield (most overseas) and whose practices have an international reach.

Importantly, some of the works – from installation, photography and sculpture to wearable art and performance – will be drawn from the collection. Artists include Helen Britton, Ian Burns, Karin Catt, Sara Morawetz, Nell, Jamie North, Trent Parke, Luke Sales with Romance was Born, and Damian Smith.

A MAC exhibition project curated by Meryl Ryan

Present Company Catalogue


Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering


Emily Murray, Theresa Beeron, Ninney Murray, Group of 3 Bagu, various sizes. Image courtesy of Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre.

17 October – 29 November 2020

Features contemporary artworks by artists from the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, together with selected cultural objects drawn from the South Australian Museum collection gathered from the Girringun region.

A travelling exhibition in partnership between Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, the South Australian Museum and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland, supported by the Australian Government’s Visions regional touring program


Where's Our Water?


Hunter Water Story Project: a story about the need to save water set in Awabakal and Worimi Lands by students from Newcastle High School

24 October - 20 December 2020

The Hunter Water Story Project emerged from Hunter Water’s Education Program. Its aim was to collaborate with local Aboriginal communities to produce a story that teaches the children of the Lower Hunter the value of water for both our community and the environment. Aboriginal educator Deirdre Heitmeyer and Aboriginal artist Saretta Fielding facilitated a series of workshops with Aboriginal students from Newcastle High School to develop a new water story, drawing on traditional wisdom, that shares their understanding of the sacred value of water and the community’s responsibility to care for it. This was brought to life by Creative Industries students at Studio Zed illustrating and designing the book.

Hunter Water’s Education Coordinator, Kristy Ratcliffe, worked closely with project manager, Dr Kathryn Grushka, Centre for the Study of Research Training and Impact (SORTI)at the University of Newcastle, and members of the Awabakal and Worimi communities to see the project realised. The project culminates in in October 2020 with an exhibition to showcase the collaborative processes involved in the creation of the story and launch of the outcome of the project, a children’s picture book called Where’s Our Water?


Art in Your Community

Through this ongoing Art in Your Community program,  MAC will be working with local artists, community groups and arts colleagues, to draw together showcase exhibitions for this new community space.

It’s a great opportunity for artists to show and sell artwork, for visitors to buy original artwork for their homes and for MAC to promote the creative talent in the City.

Works submitted are to be for sale. Sold works will be made available to the purchasers at the end of the exhibition period. All unsold works are to be picked up by the artist at the end of the exhibition.

Current Exhibition - Architecture

7 October – 29 November 2020

Architectural forms are three dimensional.  In this exhibition MAC invites Lake Macquarie artists to express architecture through two-dimensional artforms such as drawing, painting, photography and printmaking.