• MAG&M Ceramics Gallery. Photography: Karen Watson

Ninety years of collecting

The MAG&M Collection includes over 5,070 items, with 400+ ceramics, 1,300+ Australian watercolours, prints, etchings, drawings and paintings and over 1,270 items of swimwear and beach ephemera.

Curated over nine decades, the MAG&M Collection has grown thanks to the generosity of many significant donors including the MAG&M Society, artist gifts by Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor, Will Ashton, Lloyd Rees, Joshua Yeldham, Salvatore Zofrea and MAG&M’s founder Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo and the Theo Batten, Roger Pietri and Lady Askin bequests. The Federal Government’s Cultural Gifts Program has also allowed many key works by contemporary artists to enter the collection.

See highlights from our collection below, or follow us on Instagram to see stories about recent acquisitions. 

Donations and gifts

Donations to the MAG&M Collection in line with the Northern Beaches Cultural Collections and Gifts Policy and Guidelines are welcome. Gifts are accepted through the Cultural Gifts Program and are tax deductible.

Fiona Lowry, The restless shadows in my head are drawn there, 1974, acrylic on canvas

Recent acquisitions

Through the generosity of artists and donors, MAG&M continues to be able to develop its collections. Here are some of the most recent additions to ...

Katthy Cavaliere, Nest 1, 2010 (printed 2016), chromogenic colour printed print on silver based paper

Collection highlights

Explore a selection of key works from across MAG&M’s collections that illuminate the work of significant Australian artists, and tell stories that ...

Stephen Bird (b.1964) Last Muster of the Tasmanian Aborigines at Risdon with paint tin, 2012, hand-painted and glazed ceramic form, 20 x 37 x 36cm. MAG&M Collection - Purchased through the Roger Pietri Bequest 2015

Ceramics Collection

Enjoy highlights from MAG&M's ceramics collection. This selection of works were purchased or donated over the past decade and include some of the ...

Anne Zahalka, Figures on Manly Beach April 25 (after Nancy Kilgour), 2015, unique photo media print, 115 x 177.5cm, MAG&M Collection - donated by MAG&M Society 2015

Collection stories

Selected works from across MAG&M’s five collection areas weave new stories related to beach culture, fashion, sport, art and history.

Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo

Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo (1870-1955), was instrumental in establishing both MAG&M and its collection of Australian art.