MAG&M’s latest acquisition, 'Blue Harbour' by Archibald Prize-winning artist, Wendy Sharpe, has been purchased and donated by the MAG&M Society to mark the Gallery’s 90th birthday.
With its vast view north across the Harbour, the painting incorporates a self-portrait of the artist herself amidst some of Sydney’s key landmarks - the Harbour Bridge, Customs House and Circular Quay - illuminated and shimmering at night. Sharpe created this work by first making small sketches in pencil and gouache during her artist-in-residency at a law firm on Bligh St, with a harbour view.
Working the sketches up into the vibrant and colourful 'Blue Harbour' painting back in her studio, she remarked that “at night everything looks more magical and mysterious”.
Nine decades of collecting
The MAG&M Collection includes over 6,800 items, with 400+ ceramics, 1,100 Australian watercolours, prints, etchings, drawings and paintings and over 1,300 items of swimwear and beach ephemera.
Carefully curated over nine decades, the MAG&M Collection has grown through the generosity of many significant donors including; MAG&M Society, the Theo Batten, Roger Pietri and Lady Askin Bequests and artists Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor, Will Ashton, Lloyd Rees, Joshua Yeldham, Salvatore Zofrea and MAG&M’s founder Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo. The Federal Government’s Cultural Gifts Program has also allowed many key works by contemporary artists to enter the collection.
Artist, teacher, mentor and Manly local Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo (1870-1955), was instrumental in establishing both MAG&M and its collection of Australian art from the 1930s through to the 1950s. Learn more about his extraordinary legacy and founding donation to MAG&M.
Donations and Gifts
Donations to the MAG&M Collection with the guidance of our curators are welcome. Gifts are accepted through the Cultural Gifts Program and are tax deductible. Please refer to the Northern Beaches Cultural Collections and Gifts Policy and Guidelines for further information.