The collection began in the early 1970s with the periodic acquisition of artworks by Lake Macquarie City Council. With the establishment of the gallery in 1980, the collection has evolved through purchase, acquisitive prizes, donations and commissions.
The collection comprises a strong core group of two-dimensional works by established contemporary Australian artists, a number of key works by Sir William Dobell (bequeathed by Ruth Spenser Komon), large-scale contemporary sculptures in the park and Indigenous works on paper.
The gallery continues to develop its collection through support from Lake Macquarie Art Gallery Society, the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, and various funding bodies, particularly for sculpture park commissions.
Among the collection's most recent acquisitions is a suite of 10 works on paper by Brett mcMahon entitled After Nature (2013),donated by Lake Macquarie Art Gallery Society in 2015.
Explore the Collection
Visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk in the gallery grounds while viewing works by established artists such as John Turier (above), Janet Laurence and Nigel Helyer.
Lake Macquarie Charlestown Square Art Prize
The collection features works by key Australian and Hunter-based artists acquired through this acquisitive art prize.