Macaria - The Alan Baker Art Gallery

The Macaria Building (Council's former administration office) at 37 John Street, Camden has been refurbished to accommodate an Art Gallery.

Macaria Building

Project Summary

Project Name: Macaria Art Gallery

Project Address: 37 John Street, Camden

Ward: South

Project Outcome: To deliver a high quality public art gallery to the Camden Community.

Project Budget: $1 Million

Completion Date: February 2018

Open to Public: 1 March 2018

About the Project

In July 2016, Council resolved to transform the Macaria building into an art gallery.

The 150 year old former school house and residence has most recently accommodated part of Camden Council's administration, before moving to Oran Park in August 2016.

The iconic, heritage listed building is culturally significant to the Camden area and is characteristic of the settlement era of the region.

Plans to create a dedicated public art gallery will help to enhance and promote the cultural identity of the area and be a key economic driver for the area.

Features of this project include:

  • General building maintenance and repair works;
  • Creation of a reception area;
  • Display units;
  • New lighting;
  • Accessible toilet;
  • Upgraded kitchen; and
  • Polished timber floors.

For information on the art gallery, please visit our Alan Baker Art Gallery webpage.


  • Construction tenders closed 12 July 2017, and a contract was awarded on 25 July 2017.
  • Construction works commenced on site mid-August 2017.
  • Internal refurbishment works completed early January 2018.
  • External works to the front verandah and courtyard completed mid-February 2018. 
  • Open to public March 2018.

Latest Update

The new Alan Baker Art Gallery was opened to the public on 1 March 2018.

More Information

Macaria Art Gallery
Major Projects Branch
Community Assets Division
Camden Council
PO Box 183

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