Your Collection: off the wall

5 August – 25 September 2016

This exhibition celebrates the sculptural works in the collection in this 20-th anniversary year of the establishment of the gallery’s sculpture park. Launched with the installation of Richard Tipping’s Hear the art and Ted Prior’s Love boat, the park has continued to develop and strengthen with the subsequent inclusion of significant works by artists including Nigel Helyer, Janet Laurence and John Turier. The exhibition includes drawings, photographs and other archival documentation that provide an insight into the history and development of the park and a window into the working processes of the artists. Additional sculptures from the gallery’s collection, including recent acquisitions of works by Ian Burns and Janet Laurence also feature alongside new works on loan from artists Jamie North, Braddon Snape and John Turier. Taking celebrations into the park itself, related outdoor activities and temporary projects, including site-specific artworks and performance by Tantrum's Trajectory Ensemble will also take place.

The sculpture park works have been supported by various grant bodies, Lake Macquarie Art Gallery Society and Lake Macquarie City Council. A gallery project coordinated by Rob Cleworth.

John Turier, Aeolian tree 2001, steel, fibreglass, terrazzo concrete, bronze, stones, 530 x 250 x 180cm. Supported by Arts NSW ©the artist.

Your Collection: presence and absence

10 June – 25 September 2016

Drawn from the gallery’s collection, this exhibition presents a series of works with the power to evoke ideas, memories and places without recourse to the representational image. In creating works with no discernible figurative presence, the implied absence serves to heighten our own sense of being. Each of the artists in this exhibition has created works that inhabit the spaces between the visible and imagined worlds, and in doing so encourage us into a state of contemplation, reflection and invention. Included in the selection are works by Ian Friend, Jonathan Jones, Brett McMahon and Ahn Wells.

A gallery project curated by Rob Cleworth.

Peter Sharp Old Tom (detail) 2006, synthetic polymer pint on linen 181 x 210cm. Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Still Waters Clear Visions, donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by the artist, 2006 © the artist.

CLICK: Schools in Focus

13 August – 2 October 2016

CLICK is a relatively recent gallery initiative launched to showcase secondary school photographic projects from across the Hunter and Central Coast regions. Each year, exhibitions of work are selected and proudly displayed in the education room. This is the fifth exhibition in the series and will feature portraiture by selected students from Lake Munmorah High School.

A gallery project coordinated by Jo Davies and Rob Cleworth.

Gallery installation view of previous CLICK exhibition of Stage 6 digital media works from Lake Munmorah High School.