Your Collection

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.

[image right] Ian Burns Step (installation view, detail) 2014, piano, found objects, electronic and mechanical components, wood, parquet floor, dimensions variable, donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program by the artist, Still Waters Clear Visions collection 2016. Image courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Ian Burns 'Step' installation

New Acquisitions

Artwork: detail from Brett McMahon's After Nature (2013)

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

Photo: in the sculpture park, Aeolian Tree 2001 by John Turier

Sculpture Park

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.

Artwork: Unnatural History by Janet Laurence

Still Waters Clear Visions

The gallery’s collection has many strengths, including the largest sub-collection driven by the Still Waters Clear Visions theme.

Artwork: Signals (detail) by Robert Boynes

Lake Macquarie Charlestown Square Art Prize

The collection features works by key Australian and Hunter-based artists acquired through this acquisitive art prize.

Artwork: Martin Sharp's The wave

Ronaldo Cameron Collection

This collection was drawn together by George Gittoes and Gabrielle Dalton in honour of performance artist Ronaldo Cameron, who donated all the works to the gallery just prior to his passing.

Artwork: Mahme and the Tamba player by William Dobell

The Dobell Collection

In 2002 Ruth Spenser Komon generously bequested a group of Dobell paintings to the gallery.

Artwork: detail from the Heron Island suite by Judy Watson

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Works On Paper

In 2010 the gallery launched a new sub-collection, focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists' works on paper.