Upcoming Exhibitions

 pdf format MAG&M Exhibition Program July - December 2016 (4.12 MB)

NORTHERN LIGHT - 9 September - 23 October 2016

Cameron Bloom, Penguin Bloom Series, courtesy the artist

With a focus on contemporary photo media, Manly Art Gallery & Museum presents recent works from pre-eminent and emerging photographic artists from Sydney’s Northern Beaches.  Cameron Bloom, James Brickwood, Tim Hixson, Sally Mayman, Trent Mitchell, Cade Turner and Louise Whelan reflect on environment, culture and identity through local, national and international ‘lenses’. Northern Light provides an opportunity to discuss the photographic image as fine art and other current issues surrounding the medium. Curated by Ross Heathcote. Part of the 2016 Manly Arts Festival.

Image courtesy Cameron Bloom from his Penguin Bloom series.



MANLY: ART FROM THE VAULT - 9 September - 23 October 2016

Stephen Lees - 1 sea level

As part of the 2016 Manly Arts Festival, Manly Art Gallery & Museum draws on its extensive collection of paintings, photographs, ceramics and museum objects to reveal Manly in a new light and to showcase recent key acquisitions that reflect its vibrant culture, history and beaches, including works by artists such as Ethel Carrick-Fox, Conrad Martens, Nancy Kilgour, Stephen Lees and Anne Zahalka.

Image: Stephen Lees, #1 Sea Level


BEN RAK: PICTURES OF SCRATCHES - 28 October - 4 December 2016

Ben Rak, Pictures of Scratches 2

A tongue-in-cheek look at media hierarchies of the art world and the fetishisation of the artist’s mark. Responding to today’s trend of ‘grunge’ art – art that is purposefully made to look rough – Rak features rather than hides marks and scratches from etching plates. These scratches, an unintentional by-product of the etching process, are often recognised by audiences as the truly authentic marks of the artist. Through the use of various media Rak questions the degree to which the ‘value’ of the work changes when the image is an editioned etching, a one-off screen print on canvas, or hand painted on canvas.

Image: Picture of Scratches #2, 2016, acrylic silkscreen on paper, 120 x 80cm


EDOLS AND ELLIOTT: SURVEY - 28 October - 4 December 2016

Edols and Elliott Red Leaf

This survey exhibition of stunning glass works by Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott is a celebration of an extensive body of work produced over the past 20 years. Their works are informed by poetry and traditions, where imagery of rushing water are stylized and Japanese textile design are sources for inspiration.  The fluidity of the glass medium lends itself to the exploration of diverse themes, referencing the movement and rhythm of water and waves - particularly relevant to Manly and the Northern Beaches where they live and work. Curated by Katherine Roberts.

 Image: Edols & Elliott, Red capillary leaf, 2009, hot formed and wheel carved glass, 112 x 19 x 15cm

KU-RING-GAI PH: ART + SCIENCE - 9 December 2016 - 19 February 2017

Ku-ring-gai PH logo

Ku-ring-gai pH is an exciting collaborative exhibition and residency project, presented by Eramboo, National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW and Manly Art Gallery & Museum. Ten artists were selected to spend an intensive five days within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park collaborating with a group of scientists with extensive research interests- from neuroscience to botany. The partnership has culminated in a site responsive exhibition which explores connections between art and science through a diverse range of media. Curated by Katherine Roberts and Susan Milne. www.kuringgaieramboo.com.au