Current Exhibitions

STAGES: life in lockdown

1 June 2021 to 23 September 2021

STAGES: life in lockdown includes work by people who lived through Victoria’s lockdowns during 2020 and 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Participants responded to MGA’s callout for photographs that encapsulate individual experiences of life in these lockdowns. Growing progressively throughout the course of the exhibition and resulting in an explosion of images across MGA’s Atrium Gallery walls, this exhibition documents the lived experiences of people in our community, providing a cultural record of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exhibiting artists: Klari AGAR, Anne ALGAR, Eric ALGRA, Robynne ALLEN, Tim ALLEN, Peter ANDREWARTHA Ying ANG, Emma ARMSTRONG-PORTER, Leslie ARNOTT, Zoe ARNOTT, Dena ASHBOLT, Simon AUBOR, Karima BAADILLA, Ramak BAMZAR, Marc BAPTISTA, Grace BARBER, Elaine BATTON, Kim BAUMANN, Peter BAXTER, Veronique BERARD, Jess BEZIK, Ian BICKERSTAFF, Devika BILIMORIA, Greg BILTON, Madeline BISHOP, Catherine BLACK, Suzie BLAKE, Libby BLAMEY, Ellie BRACCI, Jordana BRAGG, Leonie BRANNINGHAN, Claire BRIDGE, Sharyn BROOMHEAD, Chris BROWN, Susan BRUNIALTI, James BUGG, Daniel BUSHAWAY, Steven CADDY, Valeriu CAMPAN, Wandi CAO, Kate CASHIN, Ben CHALLENOR, Ssu-Hua CHEN, Ali CHOUDHRY Thomas C. CHUNG, Nicola CLARK, Ryley CLARKE, Steph CLARKE, Maria COLAIDIS, Natalie COOPER, Angela CORNISH, Teva COSIC, Neve CURNOW, Emilie D'ACRE, Luke DAVID, Lisa DAVIES, Sandra DAVIS, Lisa DINALE, Jessie DINAN, Nick DOOLAN, Jacqui DOWDY, Paul DUNN, Celia DYMOND, Kristyna ERBENOVA, Yosando FAIZAL, Simon FAZIO, Tim FENBY, Michelle FERREIRA, Michael FOGARTY, Mark FORBES, Lainey FOSTER, Liam GAMMON, Corrado GISMONDI, Tenniell GOLLINGS, Owen GOODING, Ed GORWELL, Ronnie GRAMMATICA, Sharon GREENAWAY, Laura GROGAN, Narelle HAAS, Karl HALLIDAY, Cathryn HALLPIKE, Alli HARPER, John HARRISON, Danyel HARVEY, EJ HASSAN, Ben HATTINGH, Brad HENDERSON, Claire HICKS, Tim HILLIER, Chris HILTON, Nick HORAN, Rachael HORAN, Deborah HORNER, Casey HORSFIELD, Penelope HUNT, Les IRWIG, Callum JACKSON, Ewan JAMES, Kim JANE, Donna JANES, Jade JEFFERIES, Matt JONES, Javan KATAYOUN, Chris KELLY, Phoebe KELLY, Henry KING, Pamela KLEEMANN-PASSI, Deborah KLEIN, Aldona KMIEĆ, Isobel KNOWLES, Tatiana KOORARAM, Miranda KREMERS, Fred KROH, Alla KUYUNZHI, Karina LAIRD, Sandra LAMONACA, Guy LAMOTHE, Jana LANGHORST, Nathan LARKIN, Kelvin LAU, Georgia LAUGHTON, Denise LAWRY, Pearce LEAL, David LINDSEY, Robyn LINDSEY, Caitlin LITTLEWOOD, Jacqueline LOFTUS-HILLS, Matto LUCAS, Adam LUTTICK, Beatrice MAGALOTTI, Josephine MAJDAN, Clare MARTIN LAPWORTH, Bec MATHESON, Julie and Greg MATHESON, Tyler MATTHIAS, Laurence MCDONALD, Richard MCKENZIE, Sam MCNEIL, Jenny MIAO, Carole MILLS NORONHA, Julie MILTON, Cassie MITCHELL, Anne MOFFAT, Anna MOLAN, Gary MOORE, Antonino MURATORE, Matthew MUTIMER, Steve NALLY, Suzanne NEAL, Mani NEJAD, Michelle NEWNAN, Anna NG, Rebecca NG, Lisa NGUYEN, Matthew O’DONNELL, Lynne O’NEILL, Leonie OAKES, Barbara OEHRING, Alejandra OLAVARRIA, Eva OVERBEEKE, Rosalind PACH, Tahlia PALMER, Anna PAPIJ, Alexandrena PARKER, Cindy PARKER, Gary PARKINSON, Sonia PAYES, Andrew PERKINS, Emma PERRY, Viki PETHERBRIDGE, Suzanne PHOENIX, Wayne POLLARD, Nima PORKAR, George POULAKIS, Zorica PURLIJA, Philipa PURSER, Samuel REBBECHI, Madz REHOREK, Jon RENDELL, Tess RICE, Christopher RICKARD, Patrick RILEY, Filomena RIZZO, Josh ROBENSTONE, Emily RODEN, Isaac ROLLINSON, Ilana ROSE, Guy SANSOM, Gemma SAUNDERS, Elizabeth SCHIAVELLO, Amber SCHMIDT, Alex SCHOELCHER, Jessica SCHWIENTEK, Gina SECCHI, Hilary SLOANE, Cecilia SORDI CAMPOS, Renee STAMATOVA, Nadia STONE, Boris STRUK, Linda STUDENA, Kelly SULLIVAN, Jennifer SWANTON, Fiona SZABO, Ufuk TANER, David TATNALL, Michael THOMAS, Ross THOMPSON, Mary THORNEY, Melinda TONZING, Theresa TUITE, Jerry VALENZUELA, Abigail VARNEY, Jill VELINOS, Heidi VICTORIA, Peter WATERS, Alan WEEDON, Ute WEGMANN, Nick WELLMAN, Adrian WHEAR, Lou WHELAN, Anna WHITE, Bethan WHITE, Cory WHITE, Mel WILSON, Michael WOLFE, Diana WRIGHT, Phoebe WYNNE, Ilsa WYNNE-HOELSCHER KIDD, Shelley XUE, Reza ZAMANI, Lucy ZEVALLOS


MGA exhibition space, the Atrium Gallery, provides emerging artists with an opportunity to showcase their practice to MGA’s audiences. The Atrium Gallery is situated between MGA and the Wheelers Hill Library and is open Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 6.00pm; Saturdays from 9.00am to 4.00pm; Sundays 10.00am to 4.00pm.

UPDATE 12 August 2021: MGA is temporarily closed in line with government restrictions. STAGES: Life in lockdown display has been extended until 23 September 2021.

UPDATE 5 August 2021: MGA will close for seven days in line with government restrictions.

UPDATE 27 July 2021
We are pleased to announce that our gallery is open from Wednesday 28 July. Please BOOK HERE to guarantee entry on arrival. Walk-ins are welcome if capacity numbers allow. We ask all visitors (except those under 12-years-old and those with health exemptions) to wear a mask and to scan the QR code on arrival for contact tracing.

UPDATE 16 July 2021: Please note that MGA will be briefly closed due to Melbourne's lockdown. Our exhibitions will be closed and our weekend events postponed. We appreciate your continued support during this time and look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

UPDATE 19 June 2021: MGA Atrim Gallery is open. We ask all visitors to wear a mask and to scan the QR code on arrival for contact tracing.

UPDATE 27 May 2021: MGA is closed due to recent restrictions and our scheduled exhibition and installation dates have been delayed. This exhibition will be open to the public at a date to be confirmed.

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Past Exhibitions

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Bowness Prize

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