Upcoming Exhibitions

7 APR – 21 MAY

Wishing Bones - Lily Blue and Jo Pollitt 


This unique project exploring the theme ‘HUMAN’ features new work by contemporary artists and children exhibited side by side. The Child Artist Response Project exhibition, developed by the makers of creative arts publication BIG Kids Magazine; visual artist Lilly Blue and dancer/writer Jo Pollitt, invites children and artists to respond directly each other’s work. Curated and facilitated by Lilly Blue in partnership with Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society, local primary students have also been given the opportunity of in-school workshops to ignite unique creative responses, which will be included in the show. 

7 APR – 21 MAY

Bernd Heinrich, Symphony No. 1


The abstract landscape paintings of established Northern Beaches based artist Bernd Heinrich probe the topography of our personal subconscious. The complex, layered compositions are subtle and evasive and play with metaphor, associations and poetry. This exhibition of paintings and prints provides a fresh insight into Heinrich’s art practice.

Image detail: Symphony No 1, 2016, mixed media 151 x 122cm. 

7 APR – 21 MAY

Gabriella Hirst - Force Majeure


Over a period of six months, Balgowlah artist (currently residing in Berlin), Gabriella Hirst folmed herself attempting to paint a representational seascape whilst in the midst of terrible weather, trying to eliminate the buffer zone between the destructive force and the creative act. The attempts took place on the Island of Rügen, in northern Germany, where romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich went to paint in the early 1800s.  This work was originally commissioned by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne for the exhibition NEW16 and appears in expanded form at MAG&M. 

Image detail: Installation by Andrew Curtis, showing Force Majeure by Gabriella Hirst. An attempt to paint a storm within a storm, 2015-16.

26 MAY – 9 JUL

Sharing stories foundation - Liz Thompson, A Song for Country


SharingStories Foundation supports communities in holding and sharing cultural knowledge and stories through dynamic Digital Storytelling Programs. This exhibition offers deep insight into relationship with Country and culture through vibrant, multi-media forms produced by the Wägilak Community of North-East Arnhem Land and links to local stories. Liz Thompson’s photographs from her A Song for Country series, also produced with the Wägilak community, are part of the 2017 Head On Photo and Guringai Festival.

Image detail: Liz Thompson, Jeremy Cameron painting his brother Miko with the Gandjalala (Sugarbag Hunter) design at Weemol, NT. 

26 MAY – 9 JULY

 Chuck Bradley - Iva Davies, Oboe, 2016


Instrumental features photographic studies of the instruments of some of Australia’s most influential and celebrated rock musicians, along with stories that illuminate the deep connection between the players and their ‘tools of trade’. Guitars, keyboards, drums, amps, harmonicas and more are assembled with ephemera to create evocative visual narratives. Contributing musicians include Jimmy Barnes, Col Joye, Rob Hirst, Reg Mombassa, Jim Moginie, Ian Moss, Deborah Conway, Buzz Bidstrup, Don Walker, Harry Vanda, Iva Davies, Tim Ferris and Lindy Morrison. Curated by Ross Heathcote.

Image detail: Oboe, Iva Davies, Icehouse, 2016.