Alan Baker Art Gallery at Macaria
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, 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: Thursday – Sunday, 11am–4pm
Address: Alan Baker Art Gallery, Macaria, 37 John St, Camden NSW 2570
Phone: 4653 3111
Image: Southdown Creative
Alan Baker Art Gallery's newest exhibition, Alan’s Art Deco, explores the way Australia's Art Deco movement manifested in the work of 20th-century artist, Alan D. Baker.
As the Australian economy was recovering and prospering, Baker developed a successful commercial art career with Tooth & Co, producing a series of iconic advertising posters. This exhibition frames Baker’s commercial art in the context of its era.
Alan’s Art Deco will run from 19 October 2023 to 28 April 2024 at Alan Baker Art Gallery. Visit the exhibition to experience Baker’s advertising oil paintings, scratchboard works, and artworks influenced by Art Deco; items from the 1930s to help set the scene, and historical photographs that showcase Sydney's Art Deco movement in the 1920s to the 1950s.
Alan D. Baker, Untitled, c1930s, oil on board, 64.1 x 76 cm
Alan Baker Art Gallery is excited to facilitate a 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. 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:
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.
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 schoolhouse 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.