The Museum of Art and Culture in Lake Macquarie has opened following a $2.3 million transformation. Once known as Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, the building needed expanding to allow for the increase in visitors and to allow for more activities and exhibitions to use the space.
MAC is positioned next to Lake Macquarie at Booragul, in 5 hectares of parkland. The park is home to 16 contemporary sculptures which have the perfect backdrop of the lake behind them. If you bring your picnic rug you can settle down to enjoy the sculptures and beautiful view whilst you eat your lunch.
Working closely with the Aboriginal Reference Group, the art museum now has a dedicated Aboriginal program known as yapang. In Awabakal, the word yapang means journey or pathway. Now that this program is in place you will always have the opportunity to see contemporary Aboriginal art.
As well as the sculptures and yapang there are two other focus areas. They are called 21 Century and 20 Century. The collection at MAC started in the 1970’s. It has been built up since then through donations, acquisitions, commissions and prizes. It includes many 2 dimensional pieces by contemporary Australian artists as well as several works by Lake Macquarie’s own, Sir William Dobell. There are also several indigenous works on paper.
The MAC operates adults and kids classes. Have a look at their website to see what’s on now. https://mac.lakemac.com.au/opening-times
With a car park right on the doorstep and Cafe Mac offering you refreshments and light lunches there really are lots of reasons to head over to the MAC for a visit today.