Upcoming Exhibitions

14 Jul - 3 Sep



New work by 10 Australian artists who use printmaking techniques in their work and who explore the supposed shortcomings of the printed media. By doing so, they amplify the marks of the artist and the perceived ‘aura’ of the works. See wall-based prints, installations, sculpture and video from emerging, mid-career and established artists. Curated by Ben Rak.


Image detail: Milan Milojevic, Night & Day (11 & 12), 2016, multi-layered digital prints with etching overlay, 30 x 88cm.



Milan Milojevic - Night and Day 11 and 12



An exhibition by collaborators Fox and French of evocative paintings coupled with luminous porcelain vessels which capture the fragility of life and the marine environment within an interrelated painted and ceramic aesthetic. The exhibition reveals the strong unity the artists achieve through their work and demonstrate the power that such cross-disciplined dialogues can have in expressing those narratives inherent in place, colour, glaze and form.


Image: Belinda Fox & Neville French. Photo by Chris Sanders

  Belinda Fox and Neville French. Photo by Chris Sanders


Salvatore Zofrea, one of the most significant Australian artists living in the Manly area, has donated many major paintings, prints and drawings to MAG&M’s collection. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their creation and seen for the first time at MAG&M, Zofrea’s series of 40 hand-coloured woodblock prints Days of Summer, will be shown alongside some recent watercolour paintings. The Australian native botanical and bird subjects attest to the artist’s continued interest in representing the diversity of life in his environment.


Image: Salvatore Zofrea, Days of Summer series 1, handcoloured woodblock print. MAG&M collection.



  Salvatore Zofrea - Days of Summer series 1

8 SEP – 29 OCT



The Phantom, created in 1936 by Lee Falk, was the first costume ‘superhero’ and pre-dated both Superman (1938) and Spiderman (1962). MAG&M is the final Australian venue for a touring exhibition of contemporary artworks inspired by The Phantom, created by Peter Kingston, Dieter Lederwasch, Euan Macleod and Dick Frizzell among 40 artists. Explore why this comic book character resonates so strongly across the world nearly 80 years later.


Image detail: Luke Sciberras, The ghost who chalks, 2015.




  Luke Sciberras - The ghost who chalks

8 SEP – 26 NOV



This unique exhibition presents a rare and original Manly Pier dodgem boat, alongside an early Manly Junior sailing dinghy - both 1950s. These craft are juxtaposed with Richard Goodwin’s award winning sculpture Moth (2003), which plays with the pleasure craft form to invoke metaphorical allusions to journey and transformations. This project continues the approach of the blending of heritage objects with original art works that has come to characterize MAG&M’s museum. Curated by Ross Heathcote.


Image detail: Richard Goodwin, Moth, 2003.



  Richard Goodwin - Moth timber boat

3 NOV – 3 DEC



Selected works by members of MAG&M Society and artists from across the Northern Beaches region, 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 and landmine are amongst the various interpretations. Supporting and connecting this region’s contemporary artists with the gallery and providing a valuable opportunity to showcase and to challenge their art practices. Curated by Katherine Roberts.


Image detail: Evert Ploeg, Curl Curl, 2017.


  Evert Ploeg - Curl Curl


A series of 40 paintings by Nettie Lodge, children’s book author and illustrator, creates a contemporary visual narrative of the famous poem from 1798 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  The words first captured the artist’s imagination at the age of 10 and this visual realization of the poem, created over the past 7 years, powerfully illustrates the epic and tragic story of the albatross and the mariner.


Image: Nettie Lodge, Ancient Mariner illustration 19



  Nettie Lodge - Ancient Mariner illustration 19

8 DEC 2017 – 18 FEB 2018



Ten contemporary Australian artists create new work in response to North Head, Manly; exploring its Indigenous and cultural heritage, environmental significance, strategic and military history, and migration and quarantine stories. Tamara Dean, Karla Dickens, Helen Earl, Craig Handley, Nathalie Hartog-Gautier, Nick Hollo, Chris Langlois, Susan Milne, Julie Nettleton and Hobie Porter. Presented in partnership with the Aboriginal Heritage Office, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, North Head Sanctuary Foundation, Q Station Manly and National Parks & Wildlife Service NSW. Curated by Katherine Roberts.


Image detail: Hobie Porter, North Head Airspace, 2017.

  Hobie Porter - North Head Airspace