Throughout the years we curate an eclectic range of exhibitions, featuring painting, drawing, photography, illustration, multimedia, ceramics, printmaking, and even music and dance. You’ll find inspiration from emerging and established local, Indigenous and international artists, and we’ll always try to surprise you.

It’s inspirational to look back and remember the many astonishing installations, experiences and exhibitions the MAG&M has been privileged to host over just the past few years, and the many artists we have been able to present. 

2017   |   2016   |   2015   |   2014   |   2013


Ku-ring-gai pH

9 Dec 2016 – 19 Feb 2017

A collaborative exhibition and residency project by Eramboo, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and MAG&M. Ten artists spent five days in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park with scientists whose research ranged from neuroscience to botany to transform the way encounters between art and science are understood.

Manly: Art from the Vault

9 Sep – 4 Dec 2016

A highlight of the 2016 Manly Arts Festival, this exhibition drew from MAG&M’s extensive collection of paintings, photographs, works on paper and museum objects. It revealed the many faces of the famous beachside suburb, showcasing recent key acquisitions that reflect its vibrant culture, history and beaches.

Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott: 24 Years in Glass

28 Oct – 4 Dec 2016

This was a survey exhibition of the two of Australia’s most accomplished and internationally acclaimed Northern Beaches glass artists. It was a rare opportunity to study the development of their career-long collaborative work and view their polished, largely opaque, intensely coloured glass forms.

Ben Rak: Pictures of Scratches

28 Oct – 4 Dec 2016

Ben Rak took a tongue-in-cheek look at media hierarchies of the art world and its currently fashionable fetishisation of the artist’s mark, responding to the trend to make works purposefully intended to look ‘rough’. He sourced scratches from etching plates then reproduced them in different media.

Northern Light

9 Sep – 23 Oct 2016

A highlight of the 2016 Manly Arts Festival, with contemporary photo media from leading and emerging Northern Beaches artists Cameron Bloom, James Brickwood, Tim Hixson, Sally Mayman, Trent Mitchell, Cade Turner and Louise Whelan. It reflected on environment, culture and identity through local, national and international lenses.

Bimblebox: Art – Science – Nature Exhibition

1 Jul – 4 Sep 2016

A touring exhibition showcasing an artist group’s creative response to their experience of the unique Bimblebox Nature Refuge. This exhibition reflected the tensions between mining, conservation and consumption, and was explored through installation, works on paper, painting, artists’ books, digital storytelling and sound.

Julia Davis: Dark Matter

1 Jul – 4 Sep 2016

In response to ideas in the Bimblebox touring exhibition, Northern Beaches-based artist Julia Davis drew upon art and science to create a site-specific installation. Julia explores understandings of the body in relation to matter and how this underpins our sense of self and place. 

Black Harvest: Artists Mine Newcastle’s Dark Past, Bright Future

1 Jul – 4 Sep 2016

Two like-minded artists, Peter Tilley and Andy Devine, collaborated to create rich and complex conceptual works reflecting the industrial landscape of the Newcastle region. Through the use of found objects, materials and symbolism, Tilley and Devine examined histories, nostalgia and memory through painting and assemblages.


13 May – 26 Jun 2016

The Australian Ceramics Association Biennial Exhibition at MAG&M presented a national partnership exhibition of contemporary Australian ceramics, bringing together 12 Australian artists. It was curated by Glenn Barkley, formerly Senior Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

Nicole Foreshew: Mulunma (Within, Inside)

13 May – 26 Jun 2016

An exhibition of photographic works by prize-winning Sydney-based Aboriginal artist Nicole Foreshew as part of the 2016 Head On Photo Festival and the Guringai Festival, a celebration of Australia’s First Peoples and Indigenous culture in the Northern Sydney Region. 

Express Yourself 2016

1 Apr – 8 May 2016

Each year, ‘Express Yourself’ celebrates the work of emerging artists from the Northern Beaches’ secondary schools through multimedia, digital, sculpture, graphics and drawing. The outstanding technical and artistic calibre of the works reflect the students’ artistic strength and the high quality of teaching and learning of HSC visual arts.

Vince Vozzo: Dreaming of Galileo

19 Feb – 27 Mar 2016

An exhibition by award-winning multidisciplinary Sydney artist Vince Vozzo, most famous for monumental stone and bronze figurative sculptures. His works are modernist, exhibiting purity in line, geometry and form, but drawn from a tradition begun in the Palaeolithic period with fertility carvings such as Venus of Willendorf.

Peter Dittmar: An Outsider Between Cultures

19 Feb – 27 Mar 2016

An exhibition of works by internationally acclaimed artist Peter Dittmar. Peter owns a studio in Sydney, and moves between Australia, Bali and Munich. He has had more than 100 solo shows in 13 countries and is represented in private and public collections around the world. 

Go Figure! – Reframing the ‘Figurative’

19 Feb – 27 Mar 2016

An exhibition drawn from the works of 31 artists within MAG&M’s collection. It celebrated the human body as a source of inspiration, as symbolism, as the focus of curiosity and as the hallmark of beauty: a representation of form that speaks of time, place and culture.