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Mervyn Bishop

1 February – 12 April 2020

Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hands of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, Northern Territory 1975, type R3 photograph Art Gallery of New South Wales Hallmark Cards Australian Photography Collection Fund 1991 © Mervyn Bishop / Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Mervyn Bishop is arguably Aboriginal Australia’s most prolific photographer. Through capturing personal images of family and friends, intimate portraits of members of the Aboriginal community, and defining moments in Australia’s political and social history, he has helped shape our understanding of Australia today.

This exhibition, which brings together photographs from the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection and material from the artist’s archive, is a celebration of his life and work.

An Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition


First Class 19

14 February – 5 April 2020

Installation view 'First Class 19'. View the First Class 19 Catalogue Insert (PDF).

Now in its 12th year, First Class is a much-anticipated annual exhibition project celebrating the high calibre of work produced by students from the Hunter and Central Coast regions.

First Class 19 is selected from nominated Higher School Certificate Visual Arts submissions produced in 2019 and curated around a theme that emerges from the selection process.

Curator: Helen Willis

First Class 19 Exhibition Catalogue

First Class 19 Exhibition Trail activity sheet


Case study: Guan Wei

15 February – 5 April 2020

Guan Wei - Fish God 2017 - Bronze, 42 x 56 x 62cm, image courtesy the artist and ARC ONE Gallery © Guan Wei/Copyright Agency, 2019 Melbourne.

In line with its commitment to education and youth programs, MAC is pleased to present a further exhibition in the popular case-study series. Previous studies have featured Anne Zahalka, Janet Laurence, Ben Quilty, Judy Watson and Fiona Hall respectively.

In 2020, the focus is on leading Australian-Chinese contemporary artist Guan Wei, whose sculpture No1 Sky Pig, installed on the Warners Bay sculpture walk,is a favourite.

Referencing the HSC curriculum, art educator Carol Carter curates a thought-provoking exhibition with an accompanying case-study publication specifically for senior school students.

Curators: Carol Carter and Meryl Ryan


Art in your community: People and Places

Until April 15 2020

Anthony Williamson - Redhead at Dusk - 2020 - 29 x 42cm. Courtesy the artist.

Through this ongoing project we will be working with local artists, schools, and community groups to draw together showcase exhibitions for MACs' new community gallery space.

The idea is to feature the work of local artists in their regional art museum and promote all the exciting arts and cultural activity happening in our City.

For this second exhibition, we advertised for Lake Macquarie artists to submit photographs of people and places in our City. The works were selected that best reflected our unique place with quality images – some straight forward, some contemplative and some with a sense of humour.

Curators: A MAC project coordinated with Meredith Downes.