Manly Art Gallery & Museum

The vibrant and creative cultural hub of the Northern Beaches, Manly Art Gallery and Museum was the first metropolitan-based regional gallery in New South Wales, opening in 1930.

Exhibitions & Public Programs  

Manly Art Gallery & Museum is a hub of cultural activity and presents a creative program of changing visual arts and museum exhibitions. Temporary exhibitions include touring exhibitions, artist surveys and national group focus exhibitions.

MAG&M presents an exciting program of workshops, artist talks, performances, kids' art workshops and other special events. The gallery also hosts a fortnightly Life Drawing Studio, supported by the MAG&M Society. Visit our Creative Learning and Talks and Events pages for more information about upcoming programs.

Manly Arts Festival

The Gallery also coordinates the Manly Arts Festival each September, which highlights the diversity of arts practice in the Manly region, from music to performance and the visual arts. For the latest information, visit the official site

pdf format The 2014 Manly Arts and Jazz Festival program (723.64 KB)

Art Collection

Manly Art Gallery & Museum has a superb collection of contemporary and early Australian paintings and works on paper, as well as some international works.  The art collection was borne through the generosity of artists and donors including Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor, Will Ashton and Lloyd Rees. The most famous painting, Tom Roberts’s 'The Flower Sellers' c.1899 was donated in 1936 by Colonel Spain. The extensive collection now contains over 1,000 watercolours, prints, etchings, drawings and paintings. For more information about the Gallery's collection, follow the link to

Dattilo-Rubbo Collection

A leading art teacher and artist, Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo helped instigate the Manly Art and Historical Collection in 1924, which led to the establishment of the Gallery six years later. Although there were two regional galleries in country NSW by 1924, there was no precedent for a metropolitan, regional gallery. Rubbo was a founding committee member of the Gallery and donated a large body of his work in 1940.

Manly Art Gallery & Museum holds 130 paintings by Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo the largest collection of his work in any institution.  For more information a website has been created to celebrate Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo's life and work.  

Ceramics Collection

Manly Art Gallery & Museum has been developing an important collection of Australian ceramics which trace the development of styles and techniques in Australia since 1945. Through an active acquisitions program and donations, the collection is one of Australia's most significant ceramic resources. Works from the collection, totalling approximately 350, are on a changing display in the Lady Askin Ceramics Room. The ceramics collection is also available for viewing online

The collection represents many key artists including Peter Rushforth, Ivan Englund, Janet Mansfield and Gwyn Hanssen Piggott. The works represent the diversity of techniques, aesthetics and artistic practice within the broad field of ceramics.    

Manly Art Gallery &  Museum Society

The Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society plays an important role in the Gallery's ongoing operation by creating fundraising oportunities and social events. Read more about the Manly Art Gallery And Museum Society here.

Youth Art Awards

The Gallery presents two annual youth art awards. They are awarded to two students whose HSC final year high school artworks are hung in the Express Yourself exhibition each March. These awards present a unqiue opportunity for young artists living in the Northern Beaches region.

MAG&M Design Shop

The Manly Art Gallery and Museum has a gift shop selling souvenirs from the Gallery as well as a unique collection of cards an other items made by local artists. For more information about our current stock, visit our MAG&M Design Shop page.

Staff Contacts

Front Desk: 02 9976 1421

Gallery Information Line: 02 9976 1420


Gallery Director - Michael Hedger
02 9976 1416  
Senior Curator - Katherine Roberts
02 9976 1418  
Curator & Public Programs Coordinator - Ross Heathcote
02 9976 1417 
Gallery Administration Officer - Georgia Beyer
02 9976 1419
Weekend Coordinator - Rachel Carroll
02 9976 1421

Street address: West Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095
Mailing address: PO Box 83, Manly NSW 1655