Lake Macquarie’s revitalised arts space set to open

Published on 22 November 2019

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Minister of the Arts, Don Harwin and Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser will officially open Lake Macquarie’s refreshed arts and cultural venue, the Museum of Art and Culture at a VIP function tonight.

Minister Harwin said the NSW Government was proud to contribute $735,789 in funding to the expansion of the art museum through the Regional Cultural Fund.

“It gives me great pleasure to see the art museum transform into a new and exciting space for Lake Macquarie City and the Hunter region,” Mr Harwin said.

“This expansion will not only enhance MAC’s capacity as a regional gallery by capitalising on the artistic talent and culture of the region, it will also bring in exhibitions from across the country – all contributing to growing audiences and developing the place of arts and culture in the community.”

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said for nearly 20 years the Lake Macquarie Art Gallery has strived to showcase high quality exhibitions and programs that are lively, engaging and inspiring for the community.

“With generous funding from the NSW Government and through Council’s capital replacement program, we have been able to complete a new phase in the building’s growth to enhance the collection storage and exhibition space, and improve the visitor experience,” Cr Fraser said.  

Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said the facility relaunch provides an opportunity for exciting and diverse exhibition and programming options.

“MAC now offers more events and programs that take advantage of its spectacular lake views, improvements to the sculpture park and a complete annual program of new and engaging activities for our community and visitors,” Ms Hemsley said.

“Unfortunately, a few months ago the beautiful heritage Awaba House and Cafe located next door was damaged in a fire and is closed for the foreseeable future. A tragedy for the City but also an opportunity for the team to branch out and reinvent our identity, launching Cafe MAC as part of the facility’s revitalisation.”

The project involved extending the collection storage and exhibition space, including dedicated space for contemporary Aboriginal art exhibitions and programming, covered outdoor programming space, a reconfigured entrance, new air-conditioning plant and additional photovoltaic cells.

The Art Gallery expansion is vital to the overall delivery of Council’s Art, Heritage and Cultural Plan, and is part of Council’s vision to create a dynamic cultural precinct within the City.

From Saturday 23 November through to Sunday 24 November, MAC and the sculpture park will become a hive of activity with creative fun for all ages. From markets to workshops, guided exhibition tours to live music, there will be something for everyone to enjoy throughout the weekend. For a full program of events, visit

Find out more about the relaunched facility at

Proudly funded by the NSW Government through the Regional Cultural Fund in association with Lake Macquarie City Council.