• Kathrin Longhurst, The Artist as a Young Girl, 2020, oil on canvas, 120 x 120cm (Image detail)





Friday, 7 August 2020 - 10:00am to Sunday, 29 November 2020 - 4:00pm

In celebration of Manly Art Gallery & Museum’s 90th anniversary, two special exhibitions focussed on 'portraiture' as a powerful expression of contemporary artists connected with Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

A series of twenty commissioned portraits by celebrated Australian photographer Greg Weight takes us into the private worlds of key creative contemporary practitioners living and working on the Northern Beaches.

And fifteen self-portrait paintings and drawings by acclaimed Sydney artists who have turned the mirror on themselves, in their distinctive styles, to mark their self-image at this unique point in time.

View the online catalogue


Kenneth Chu
Katherine Edney
Julia Davis
Ben Edols
Shoufay Derz
Kathy Elliott
Blak Douglas
Kirsten Fazio
Helen Earl
Salvatore Geraldi
Mick Glasheen
Helge Larsen
Bruce Goold
Darani Lewers
Nick Hall
Kathrin Longhurst
Warren Langley
Euan Macleod
Chris Langlois
Guy Maestri
Willi Michalski
John Ogden
Susan Milne
Amanda Penrose Hart
Reg Mombassa
Evert Ploeg
Michael Muir
Sarah Robson
Kirsty Neilson
Wendy Sharpe
Greg Stonehouse
Hadyn Wilson
Sandra Svilans
Jo Yeldham
Dick Watkins
Joshua Yeldham
Guan Wei
Salvatore Zofrea
Louise Whelan

Poetry Alive

Associated with the Portraits Project MAG&M presented a live poetry reading featuring 23 original works by a broad range of poets, all responding to the theme ‘Spirit of Self Expression’. The Readings were filmed live at MAG&M and are available online here

Poets featured for Poetry Alive 2020 include: Djon Mundine OAM, Gayle Kennedy, Gaele Sobott, Negar Rezvani, Rozanna Lilley, Judy Johnson, Cecilia White, Lou Steer, Daragh Byrne, Jenni Nixon, Yasaman Bagheri, Tony Voss, Les Wicks, Mark Marusic, Danika Peterson, Anne Walsh, Zeina Issa, Albert Lin, David Adès, Imogen Robertson, Erin Shiel, Alise Blayney and Marshall Smither.    

Captions are not available in the 2020 recording, however if you are Deaf or hard of hearing, please email and they will send you a PDF of the poems to follow. For more information see the VerityLa website.

Contact information

Manly Art Gallery & Museum
02 9976 1421


Manly Art Gallery & Museum
West Esplanade Reserve
Manly NSW 2095
Map of Portraits Project

Image: Michele Seminara at MAG&M, 2020 

Poetry Alive 2020

Live poetry reading at Manly Art Gallery & Museum.

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