One of Manly Art Gallery & Museum’s (MAG&M) key collection focus is ceramics and the collection currently comprises over 390 works dating back to the 1970s.
The ceramics storeroom has been opened to the public and filled the cabinets with as much of the collection as possible. Open all year!
You will see the collection which brings together a diverse range of functional vessels and sculptural pieces which represents more than 160 Australian artists.
This display includes:
- Our most recent acquisitions of ceramic pieces by artists including Julie Bartholomew, Gudrun Klix, Simone Fraser and Willi Michalski.
- Local ceramicists, including Peter Rushforth, Lex Dickson and Andrew Halford.
- Significant pieces by Indigenous artists Ngayuku Walka Milyika, Rahel Ungwanaka, Rupert Jack and Danie Mellor, and an historical collection of ceramics from the Tiwi Islands.
- Works by three influential Japanese ceramicists who worked in Australia are also on display; Shiga Shigeo, Mitsuo Shoji and Hiroe Swen. Two collaborative pieces are also on display, by printmaker/painter Belinda Fox and ceramicist Neville French, and painter Elisabeth Cummings and ceramicist Barbara Rommalis, exemplifying the impulse for artists to experiment across disciplines.
Thanks to the generosity of donors Roger Pietri, Theo Batten and Lady Askin who bequeathed funds for the development of this unique collection. The collection has also benefitted from pieces donated by private collectors such as Dorothy Juknaitis, Helen Robin and Penny Coleing. The years of research by Leslie and Janice Haynes into Indigenous pottery provides the collection with a special perspective.
MAG&M Society deserves special recognition for the many ceramic pieces it has purchased over the years to add to the scope of the collection.