Alan Baker Art Gallery at Macaria

The Alan Baker Art Gallery occupies the recently renovated, historic Macaria building and provides an opportunity to honour local artist Alan Baker and showcase his artworks.

The Alan Baker collection represent a colourful portrayal of an artist’s life in 20th Century Australia and tells a story of life, Australian tradition, culture and artistic journey.

Alan’s works reveal stories of love, family, community, war, beauty, darkness and tragedy; each capturing history. He reveals the people and places of Macarthur and the role he played in developing an arts network in Camden.

Whilst the gallery is a dedicated showcase of Alan Baker’s works, it also provides an opportunity to connect local artists, foster future artists and promote art in Camden.

Macaria will now be open to the public for the first time in many decades. A total of 79 art works will be on exhibition for public viewing.

Opening Hours 

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Address: 37 John St, Camden
Phone: 02 4645 5191

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Alan Baker Art Gallery’s first feature exhibition

Alan Baker Art Gallery will present its first feature exhibition from Thursday 11 April, bringing
to life 20th century, previously unseen drawings by Baker.

The exhibition, Drawing Life, will also feature artwork from the local artist’s contemporaries
alongside a display of visitor works inspired by Baker.

To celebrate Drawing Life, the Art Gallery will host a monthly Life Drawing Club, facilitated
by an experienced figure drawing teacher. It will provide a social space for people of all skill
levels to participate in evening classes with professional guidance, light refreshments and
collaborative learning.

Due to the overwhelming success of this exhibition, it has been extended and will now be open until Sunday September 1.

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Alan Baker Art Gallery - Public Program 2019

Alan Baker Art Gallery has launched a full program of workshops, classes and events which cater to both children and adults. As well as providing opportunities for life long learning, this public program has provided local artists and creatives with a social space to connect and share ideas.

Programs for Kids:

Art After School is run as a 10-week program for primary aged students who will receive a term full of creative workshops which will allow children to explore the real and the imagined through varied art-making methods. Find out more and book here.

School Holidays provide an opportunity for children to work creatively and be inspired by the gallery setting. We are facilitating a series of 'Watercolour for Kids' workshops which provide a fun opportunity for kids to experiment with watercolour and get creative during the holidays. Head here to book a session.

Programs for Adults:

Watercolour Fridays is run as a 10-week program for participants of all levels of experience. This weekly session will introduce the basics of watercolour in a supportive environment for beginners, but can be easily tailored for more advanced participants. Find out more and book here.

Monthly Life Drawing (18+) runs on the second Thursday of each month during the evening. Each session is guided by a professional artist and is appropriate for all levels of experience. We provide basic drawing materials & cartridge paper as well as tea and coffee during breaks. Find out more and book here.

En Plein Air (Outdoor Landscape Painting) will commence in Spring and then run as a monthly program which will be held at the Camden Town Farm. These casual sessions invite participants to explore the many ways to represent landscape and experiment with painting as a medium. Find out more and book here.

The Heritage Drawing Tour occurs on the last Saturday of each month and provides participants with the opportunity to engage with Camden's history as they explore the Heritage buildings contained within John Street. Participants will be introduced to the basics of architectural drawing and then complete their drawings with watercolour wash techniques back at the gallery. Find out more and book here.

 Heritage Drawing Tour


Visitor Drawings

The Alan Baker Art Gallery has been delighted by the creative young minds of Camden. Since the Gallery opened, many aspiring artists walk through the door and sit in the Still Life room to draw while parents enjoy the paintings. With pencils, paper and a clipboard, children of all ages and skill levels have been quick to sketch some beautiful images in the space. They take inspiration from our changing still life displays, Baker’s beautiful collection, or simply express ideas straight from their imagination.

Children in gallery