2024 marks 100 years of public collecting at MAG&M. To celebrate, we are presenting a series of three special exhibitions throughout the year.
Collection 100: Gifted is the first in the series. The exhibition will celebrate the philanthropists, artists, donors and member groups whose generosity and foresight has grown an impressive art collection that holds 100 years of stories about the cultural life of our region, city, state and nation.
To mark a century of collecting, we have chosen ten works which have come to MAG&M through conscious community action and giving. Selected works relate to key private donors and artists, starting with the first work which established the Manly Art Collection in 1924. Significant bequests have been received from Theo Batten, Lady Askin and Roger Peitri, as well as numerous donations by Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo, P.S. Garling, The Women’s Auxiliary Committee, and MAG&M Society, and artworks gifted by countless artists and donors over the years.
Come and see some of our most renowned early works by James R. Jackson, Tom Roberts, Ethel Carrick Fox and Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo, and more recent works by Elisabeth Cummings, Wendy Sharpe and Katthy Cavaliere.
Image detail: James R. Jackson, Middle Harbour from Manly Heights, 1923, oil on canvas, 77 x 92cm. Gift of the Manly Art & Historical Committee 1924.