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 

Email: alanbakerartgallery@camden.nsw.gov.au 

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Current Exhibition

Baker – The Artist, The Influencer

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Baker – The Artist, The Influencer showcases the impressive body of work created by Camden Art Group in the years of the group meetings and up to the present day. 

Initially approached by Ken Rorke in the 1960s to teach Camden Art Group, Baker instead attended as a member who could, and often would, offer advice and an expert hand. Many of Camden’s most prolific artists worked alongside Baker as members of the group.

The exhibition features the works of Alan D. Baker alongside Gary Baker (son), Marjorie Baker (wife), Nola Tegel, Patricia Johnston, Ken Rorke, Russell Steele, Jack Dunn, Patricia Herd, Rizwana Ahmad, Christine Parrish, John Wrigley, Olive McAleer, Max Wootten, Arthur ‘Red’ Mitchell, Rita Bloomfield, Heather Mitchell and Sandra Turner-Brown.

Visit Alan Baker Art Gallery during opening hours from Saturday 6 May to view sleek sculptures in stone and wood, commemorative busts, traditional oil paintings, drawings and expressive watercolours.


Public Program

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.

 

Click here to view all of our upcoming programs!

 

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 2023. 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 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.

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