Past Exhibitions

LEGACY+ … collecting contemporary

22 August 2018 to 19 September 2018

MGA’s collection is incredibly unique; the only public collection solely dedicated to Australian photography. LEGACY+ features pop-up exhibitions which show how acquisitions and donations work in concert with each other. This dynamic conversation is at the heart of how a public collection can grow and become an incredible cultural asset for the community, one that reflects, responds and speaks to the importance of photography, of public collections, and ensures future generations have access to our shared cultural history and one of the most important artistic mediums of our time.

A central aspect of the collection is collecting contemporary artists. LEGACY+ focuses on key works by leading artists acquired through donation and purchase. This small vignette place the works and these artists in conversation with each other that results in surprising connections that elicits a powerful narrative continuum.

Petrina Hicks | Darren Sylvester | Christian Thompson

This exhibition explores the work of Petrina Hicks, Darren Sylvester and Christian Thompson whose practices reference contemporary pop culture in staged scenes or tableaux that invite the viewer to delve past the enticing imagery and deep into the undertows and question what lies beneath.

Curator: Anouska Phizacklea

Exhibition Partner

MGA is thrilled to welcome Mercedes-Benz Waverley as our Exhibition Partner for LEGACY. Your collection. Our story.

Current Exhibitions

  • STAGES: photography through the pandemic
  • Develop

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • TOPshots 2020–21

Past Exhibitions

Atrium Gallery

  • STAGES: life in lockdown
  • Atrium Gallery – information

Travelling Exhibitions

  • John Gollings: the history of the built world
  • The light fades but the gods remain | Bill Henson
  • Robyn Stacey: as still as life

Bowness Prize

  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2019 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2018 William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2017 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2016 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2015 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2014 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2013 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2012 Bowness Photography Prize
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