What's On

Exhibitions coming up

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

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

Saturday 24 October – Sunday 20 December

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?

Body Language

28 November – 14 February 2021

As a direct response to the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages, the National Gallery of Australia is touring Body Language which explores the identity of Australia’s diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

For many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people, identity is a source of strength and reliance and there are many ways in which they identify: what they believe in, how they look, how they feel and how they see themselves in society.

An exhibition for all the family, Body language explores the iconography of language as expressed through symbols and patterns and includes works that explore these themes.

Curator: Kelli Cole

A National Gallery of Australia touring exhibition.

Lake Art Prize 2020 Finalist Exhibition

The inaugural Lake Art Prize Exhibition will take place between 12 December 2020 - 7 February 2021 .

12 December – 7 February 2021

The inaugural Lake Art Prize Exhibition will take place between 12 December 2020 – 7 February 2021.

The finalists will be notified on October 30, 2020.

More information on the prize is available here.


Margaret Olley Diana and Daturas, 1963, oil on hardboard, 60 x 75cm, The Shirley Firkin Bequest, 2019. Reproduced courtesy of Margaret Olley Art Trust.


Please note that this exhibition has been postponed until a later date.

Comprising mainly paintings and works on paper drawn from the 20th and 21st centuries, this changing exhibition offers a snapshot of the breadth of the collection and the diversity of practice represented.

A MAC collection exhibition project