Spirit of the land - Poetry call-out

‘Spirit of the Land’

Submissions are invited on the subject of the ‘Spirit of the Land’, the 3rd in a series of the popular Manly Art Gallery & Museum poetry readings. Twenty poems will be chosen by event curator Les Wicks for live-reading by the authors who will each receive $50.

The Gallery will be hosting an exhibition on the theme LAND (3 November – 3 December)  with selected works by artists who have drawn inspiration from the theme ‘LAND’… as a noun, a verb, a place, an idea, a possibility, a presence, a contested space. Landscape, headland, wasteland, landfill, landmine, landform, landed, etc. The exhibition supports and connects this region’s contemporary artists with the gallery, providing a valuable opportunity to showcase their work and to challenge their art practice through their diverse responses.

Selected poems will have explored this theme. Please advise in which suburb you live.

Submissions to be emailed to meusepress@hotmail.com  by 5pm Fri 29 Sept 2017.

The selected poets will perform their works on Sunday 5 November, 2 - 4pm

Manly Art Gallery & Museum & Museum, West Esplanade Reserve, Manly
At the reading, there will also be an open mic section.
Cost: gold coin donation (refreshments served)
Contactartgallery@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au or 9976 1421

Artists invited to create new works in response to theme 

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Manly Art Gallery & Museum and the MAG&M Society are inviting expressions of interest in the seventh biannual exhibition of new works by members of the Society and by artists from across the Northern Beaches arts community. The exhibition is open to artists working in all media, including digital media, painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles, sculpture, glass and ceramics.

“We anticipate a dynamic exhibition of works across a diverse range of media,” said Katherine Roberts, Senior Curator, Manly Art Gallery & Museum.

This year, artists are invited to create new works in response to a theme - ‘Land’.

 “The theme will touch on landscape, headland, inland, wasteland, landfill, landmine, landfall, landing, homeland, island, landform... Indeed, wherever inspiration takes the artist.”

“Artists are encouraged to explore their own interests in this exhibition concept; land as an idea, a metaphor, a noun, a verb, a place, a possibility, a presence, a contested space and as a grand cultural presence within this region and beyond.”

“Through art we can explore old meanings and create new ones using various forms of imagination to delve deeper into the meaning of land to us, “said Ms Roberts.

“The exhibition supports and connects the Northern Beaches’ contemporary artists with the Manly Art Gallery & Museum, providing a valuable opportunity to showcase their work in one of Sydney’s most venerable regional art galleries - and to challenge their art practice through unique responses.”

All entrants must be current financial members of the Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society (MAG&M Society) or live in Sydney’s Northern Beaches region. Artists are required to send in digital images (300 dpi and no larger than 2mb each) of up to two works, together with the Expression of Interest Form, artist statement and payment, by Monday 1 May 2017.

All works selected for exhibition must have been produced after 19 May 2017 and respond creatively to the chosen theme of ‘land’.

The cost per artist is $20 for financial MAG&M Society members or $30 for non-members.

If you are not already a member of Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society, or your membership is not current, pop into the Gallery or call 9976 1419 to join.

For an Expression of Interest Form, contact the Gallery by:

pdf format Land - 2017 Expression of interest (135.60 KB)

The MAG&M Society plays a vital social and fundraising role for the Gallery. It enjoys the support of its membership and is committed to the development of artists, audiences and the collection through its diverse programs.
Funds raised by the activities of the Society assist with the conservation and purchase of artworks for the Gallery’s impressive collection of paintings, ceramics, prints and photography.




Invitation to be part of the Manly Arts Festival

8 - 24 September 2017

On behalf of the Northern Beaches Council, we invite you to express interest in being part of the 2017 Manly Arts Festival.  Artists, musicians, performers, arts organisations and the community are invited to participate in the festival by running their own events to celebrate the creative activity on the Northern Beaches area.  Venues such as galleries, cafes, restaurants, surf clubs, community centres and other spaces are also invited to host and/or organise arts-related events during the Festival.  This year’s Festival will be held across the Northern Beaches from 8 – 24 September 2017 and will include: 

  • Visual Arts exhibitions and events
  • Music events
  • Literary and theatre events
  • Film events
  • Dance and Performance events
  • Youth events
  • Creative Workshops
  • Children’s events

The Manly Arts Festival is a celebration of the achievements, dedication and innovation of the Northern Beaches creative community.  Local artists are able to participate by organising arts-related events across the Northern Beaches. 

The Manly Arts Festival is created by the community for the community - a two week extravaganza of arts events. Artists and members of the community come together by supporting each other through entrepreneuring and administering arts events, attending arts events, providing venues for artists and organisations and providing sponsorship and in-kind support for the Manly Arts Festival.

The Manly Arts Festival is managed by Rachel Carroll. Rachel wants to hear from all artists and arts/cultural organisations and potential venues interested in running their own events for a highly focussed program throughout the Northern Beaches. If you have any questions about how to be involved or you would like to propose an event or activity, phone Rachel Carroll on - 0466 486 352 and fill out the form attached.