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.

Opening Hours 

11am-4pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Address: Alan Baker Art Gallery, Macaria, 37 John St, Camden NSW 2570
Phone: 02 4645 5191
Email: alanbakerartgallery@camden.nsw.gov.au

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Mailing List

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 Life, Love & Light

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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 4 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 all of our current workshops and book below! Prior to booking, please read our Terms & Conditions.

Online Drawing Workshops

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! Download the below PDFs for the step-by-step instructional drawing workshops:

 

Visitor Drawings

Visitors are invited to take inspiration from Baker's artworks, the architecture of the historic Macaria building, and our changing still life displays to create drawings in the Gallery. Pencils, paper and clipboards are available for use by all visitors.

 

Workshop Facilitators

Alan Baker Art Gallery is seeking expressions of interest from local artists or art teachers to facilitate art workshops in 2022. If you would like to be considered, please fill out the EOI form here. If you have any questions, please contact alanbakerartgallery@camden.nsw.gov.au or phone 4654 7858.

 


Macaria - A Camden Icon

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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.