About

MAC's story

The MAC is uniquely positioned within 5 hectares of leafy grounds on the shore of Lake Macquarie, Australia's largest salt-water lake.

The Museum of Art and Culture (MAC) is an exceptional cultural and tourist destination located at the northern tip of Lake Macquarie.

The MAC, formerly known as Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, was established in 1980. First housed in Lake Macquarie’s former council chambers on Main Road at Speers Point, the gallery relocated to First Street, Booragul in 1996.

The new site is significant to both the local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, most importantly as a campsite and then as a parcel of land granted to Dr James Mitchell in 1842.

The gallery originally occupied Awaba House on this site from 1996 to 2000 when a decision was made to construct the new state-of-the-art facility. Designed by Colin Still of Cox Richardson, the new art gallery building was launched in May 2001 and saw the addition of an art seminar room in 2008.

With a growing audience, higher demands for public exhibition space and a rapidly developing collection, the need to expand again, became essential. With a grant from the NSW government and assistance from Lake Macaquarie City Council, the gallery underwent a 2.3 million dollar transformation in 2019 resulting in more exhibition and collection space, a new name, new brand and the establishment of yapang, a dedicated Aboriginal program and space.

The recent exciting transformation has established MAC as a destination and enhanced its position as a dynamic, popular regional facility.

Our Vision

For the MAC to be a lively place where people are engaged in, inspired by, and connected with arts, culture and fresh ideas.

Our Mission

To ensure the MAC is inclusive, accessible and captivating by initiating and presenting dynamic, refreshing, creative and diverse art and cultural programs, engaging multiple communities as colleagues as makers, participants, audiences, collaborators and supporters.

Contact MAC

Visitor Services: (02) 4921 0382
Email: mac@lakemac.nsw.gov.au
Address: First Street Booragul, NSW 2284
Mail:
Box 1906 HRMC, NSW 2310