Alan Baker Art Gallery at Macaria
The Alan Baker Art Gallery in Camden is situated in the historic Victorian Gentleman’s Townhouse, ‘Macaria ,’ and provides an opportunity to showcase the work of local Australian artist, Alan Baker.
This collection of Baker’s art provides a colourful portrayal of the artist’s life in 20th Century Australia. Through tragedy and joy it tells a story of Australian life, culture and artistic journey.
Through our collection and program of public art workshops in Camden the Alan Baker Art Gallery has established itself as a vibrant part of Camden’s cultural precinct. The Gallery is a space which connects local artists in Macarthur, fosters emerging artists and promotes art in Camden.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Address: 37 John St, Camden
Phone: 02 4645 5191
Summer Exhibition 2019/20: December 19 - March 1
Baker’s love of En Plein Air painting is captured in his collection of Australian waterscapes. Featuring seascapes, riverscapes and pencil drawings, Baker’s waterscapes offer a calm and cool escape from the summer heat.
For over two decades Alan Baker resided near Camden in The Oaks. The Local Landscapes collection depicts Baker’s dedication in capturing the rugged beauty of the Camden landscape. Painting En Plein Air, Baker was often outside capturing the essence of the Wollondilly and Macarthur regions with his masterful brushstrokes.
This exhibition highlights the accomplished floral paintings of Alan Baker. These still life artworks remain his most highly regarded subject and certainly his most prolific. Baker has been quoted as saying that he estimates painting ‘one hectare of flowers per year’.
A Model Wife: A Model Life
‘A Model Wife’ highlights the artist’s wife, Marjorie. Model, muse and wife, and an accomplished artist in her own right. This series of portraits show Marjorie to be a woman of great dignity, presence and poise. Despite enduring several tragedies in her lifetime, Marjorie is described by her friends as having been optimistic, creative, knowledgeable, and taking great joy in life.
Alan Baker Art Gallery - Annual Public Program 2020
Alan Baker Art Gallery is excited to facilitate a full program of workshops, classes and events in Camden which cater to both children and adults. These classes and creative workshops in Camden draw on the knowledge and experience of local artists and art teachers and should be top of your ‘things to do in Camden’ list. The Alan Baker Art Gallery art classes, in Camden town centre are a great way to meet friends, learn new skills and engage with Camden’s art community.
Programs for Kids:
Art After School
Harness your budding artist’s potential with our Art After School classes. A 10-week program of art lessons for primary and secondary aged students, these children’s art classes offer a term of creative workshops in Camden, designed
to encourage children to explore the real and the imagined while learning various art-making techniques.
Find out more and book here.
School Holiday Workshops for kids are a series of fun workshops providing opportunities for children to work creatively within the gallery setting. We facilitate a series of in-house school holiday workshops in Camden which provide children with the opportunity to get involved with exciting materials and explore their creativity during the school holidays. Find out more and book here.
Programs for Adults:
Come and improve your Drawing Skills! This foundational course is run by local artists and art teachers and will teach you the drawing skills required to improve all areas of your artistic practice. Find out more and book here.
Watercolour with Rizwana
Experienced local artist, Rizwana Ahmad, runs this 10-week art program for all levels of experience. In this weekly watercolour art lesson in Camden you will be led through the basics of watercolour painting in a supportive and friendly environment.
Beginners and experienced students are encouraged to attend. Find out more and book here.
Life Drawing (18+only)
Life Drawing (18+) workshops are held on the third Thursday of each month. This Life Drawing class in Camden is suitable for all levels of experience. Be guided by professional artists and art teachers and take the opportunity to capture the nude figure in this beautiful setting located in Camden’s town centre. Drawing materials and light refreshments provided. Find out more and book here.
En Plein Air
Our monthly En Plein Air workshops are a great way to get started painting in the great outdoors! Channel your inner Monet as you explore ways to represent landscape and experiment with painting, while capturing iconic Camden scenes. Under the
guidance of local artists you will be encouraged to complete your own artwork during this casual landscape painting class in in Camden, New South Wales. Find out more and book here.
Join us and learn about the history of Camden at our Heritage Drawing workshop. From the grounds of beautiful Macaria you will learn the techniques of architectural drawing while observing Camden’s heritage buildings. For history buffs and aspiring
artists alike, this workshop is held on the fourth Saturday of the month and welcomes all abilities. Find out more and book here.
You never know what’s going to happen next - from photography to floral crowns to printmaking! Throughout the year Alan Baker Art Gallery partners with local artists and makers to provide a range of exciting workshops. Be sure to follow Camden Council’s Facebook and Instagram accounts for updates.
Drawing For Life- Youth Week
On 4 April 2020, to coincide with Youth Week, Alan Baker Art Gallery will facilitate a contemporary art and design class using charcoal. Then, taking inspiration from Alan Baker’s work to produce a modern masterpiece, participants will paint
the Hitching Post located in the front garden of ‘Macaria’. Find out more and book here.
Hitching Post: Community Art Project
The Hitching Post is a community art project. Changing throughout the year to celebrate local and national events, the Hitching Post gives local community groups and artists the opportunity to produce a piece of public art. Local artists or community groups interested in being a part of this ongoing project should contact the gallery here.
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.
Macaria – A Camden Icon
Macaria, which today houses the Alan Baker Art Gallery, has been a prominent feature in Camden since the town’s infancy. Originally built in 1859-1860 as a school house by Henry Thompson, the building has since been used for many things; including a private home; the Camden Grammar School; the residence and rooms of doctors and dentists including popular local physician Dr Francis West. In 1965 Macaria was purchased by Camden Council and used as Camden Library and later, offices for the Mayor, Town Clark and staff.
Macaria is a fine example of an early Victorian Gentleman’s Townhouse. Designed and built in the Picturesque Gothic, Renaissance Revival style, Macaria features gabled windows, high chimneys, stone trims and a wooden porch. Sympathetically renovated and restored in 2017, the historical features including the oregon timber flooring, Australian cedar architraves and mahogany skirting boards have been retained.
Macaria is also significant in the folklore of Camden. Tales two ghosts, Sarah and Billy, who are rumoured to wander Macaria’s halls, are an enduring part of Camden’s mythology. Fortunately, Gallery staff have reported no sightings.