Alan Baker Art Gallery at Macaria
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Alan Baker Art Gallery is situated in the historic Victorian Gentleman’s Townhouse, Macaria, and showcases 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, the Alan Baker Art Gallery has established itself as a vibrant part of Camden’s cultural precinct. Alan Baker Art Gallery is a space which connects local artists in the Macarthur region, fosters emerging artists and promotes art in Camden.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Address: Alan Baker Art Gallery, Macaria, 37 John St, Camden NSW 2570
Phone: 02 4645 5191
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Life, Love & Light
Alan Baker Art Gallery in Camden is hosting an exhibition that follows Alan. D. Baker’s story of Life, Love and Light. Within the historic walls of Macaria, join Baker as he begins his artistic training at the illustrious J.S. Watkins Art School. Follow him to Papua New Guinea as he unearths beauty in the tropical banana plants, continuing his artistic passion through the chaos of the Second World War. Be transported back to Baker’s return from war, when he reunites with the love of his life, Marjorie. See their marriage and family life through Baker's vibrant portraits. Experience the beauty of the local region's landscapes through Baker's trained eye, and appreciate the light that Baker found after surviving personal tragedy through his bright still lifes. Open now until October, this unmissable exhibition is a touching tribute to the Gallery’s namesake and promises a moving experience for its visitors.
Public Program - Term 2 2022
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 draw on the knowledge and experience of local artists and art teachers and should be top of your ‘things to do in Camden’ list. View our Term 2 Public Program here and book below!
Online Drawing Classes
A self-directed lesson plan that is accessible for all ages. Follow along step by step as we get creative and cover a range of technical drawing skills in each workshop! You will need the following materials:
- A4 sheet of paper
- HB or 2B pencil
- Coloured pencils
Download the below PDFs for the step-by-step instructional drawing workshops:
- Cottage drawing workshop
- Still life drawing workshop
- Landscape drawing workshop
- Drawing a gum tree workshop
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions surrounding the workshops at email@example.com.
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.
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.