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Welcome to Manly's own public Art Gallery and Museum online!

The Manly Art Gallery & Museum is a cultural facility of Manly Council and is magnificently situated on Sydney Harbour, only three minutes' walk from Manly Wharf. Opened in 1930 as the first metropolitan-based regional gallery in New South Wales, the Gallery has become a popular destination for thousands of visitors each year. MAG&M stands out among the regional galleries for two distinctive reasons: its focus on Australian ceramics and its extensive holdings of paintings by Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo.

Manly Art Gallery & Museum also holds a superb collection of contemporary and early Australian paintings and works on paper. The collection was established through the generosity of artists and donors including Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor, Will Ashton, Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo, Lloyd Rees and many more.

The most famous painting, Tom Roberts' 'The Flower Sellers' was donated in 1936 by Colonel Spain. The extensive collection now contains over 1,000 watercolours, prints, etchings, drawings and paintings. Images of the visual arts collection
is currently being added to this website, and we appreciate your patrience during this construction period.

You can already now get to know the life and work of Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo, one of the founders and most ardent supporters of the Manly Art Gallery on the website www.antoniodattilorubbo.com.au.

The Ceramic Collection
Manly Art Gallery & Museum today is home to one of Australia's finest ceramics collections representing
many major ceramics artists including Peter Rushforth, Ivan Englund, Janet Mansfield and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott to name just a few. The works showcase the diversity of techniques, aesthetics and artistic practice, tracing the development of styles and techniques in Australia since 1945.


Kris Coad
Free Falling, 2004
White bone china feathers hanging on thread
130 x 300 cm

As of 2009, the entire ceramics collection can be found displayed here online with images and descriptions. Browse the collection at your leisure; it comprises over 330 works by over 140 ceramics artists.

You will learn more about artists represented and previous ceramics exhibitions at MAG&M, read up on the history of MAG&M over the last 80 years, and find out the latest news.

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott
Small teapot still life, 2001
LImoges porcelain, 7 pieces
16 x 41 cm

Ceramics News

The Manly Art Gallery & Museum hosted the Biennial Exhibition of the Australian Ceramics Association from 12 June to 19 July 2009. Titled 'White Heat', the show highlighted the work of contemporary Australian ceramic artists, with social, political and cultural issues, curated by artist Julie Bartholomew.

The A
ustralian Ceramics Triennale 09 was held in Sydney from 16 to 20 July 2009. The international conference, under the headline 'Facing the Future', will brought together practitioners, educators, collectors and writers to discuss, debate and exchange ideas. 

Derek Smith
Solar Form, 1975
Stoneware with incised decoration
53 x 47 x 13 cm


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