Although the MRAG Collection predominantly focuses on the collection of works on paper, the Collection is quite diverse and includes sub-collections, including Images of Maitland; Les Darcy Collection; Asian Collection, and a small African Sculpture collection. There are also selected works outside of our collection focus that were retained, such as sculptures and Aboriginal bark paintings.
In 2003 the art gallery moved to its present location in High Street Maitland and then became known as Maitland Regional Art Gallery. In 2005 MRAG’s collection took on a new direction as a result of a new collection policy which was to focus on collecting works on paper. Since then the MRAG Collection has grown considerably from 700 artworks to over 4000 artworks, acquired by selective purchases funded by Maitland City Council as well via the many donations to the Collection made by generous artists and art collectors. Artworks acquired into the Collection since 2005 include works by Sidney Nolan, Tim Storrier,… » Read More
The MRAG Collection has a large number of historical and contemporary images of Maitland which make up the Images of Maitland sub-collection. Historical images of Maitland include photographs and engravings of Maitland in flood in 1864, 1893 and 1955, as well as pages from newspapers from the 1800s featuring articles about Maitland and hand-coloured wood engravings. Contemporary images of Maitland include photographs, paintings on canvas, and paintings, drawings and prints on paper. This photograph is from a series of photographs by Michel Brouet of people and places in Maitland, created for the MRAG curated exhibition, Shot in Maitland, 20… » Read More
Between 1910 and 1917, Maitland born boxer, Les Darcy, became an Australian idol. With an impressive record against boxers from around the world, he became known as the ‘Maitland Wonder’ and was hailed by many as the ‘Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World’. In 2005 MRAG began to collect the many items of memorabilia and ephemera relating Les Darcy that regularly become available – almost one hundred years after Darcy’s death. Many items in this sub-collection directly meet the collection focus of ‘works on paper’ including newspapers, photographs, boxing event cards, cigarette and chewing gum cards from the day, as… » Read More
The small collection of Asian artworks has been donated to the MRAG collection over the last 6 years by one of MRAG’s generous benefactors. This donor inherited many Chinese artworks from his grandfather, who visited China regularly in the 1920s and 1930s. As a result he also inherited an interest in art from the region and has continued to acquire Asian artworks, some of which have since been donated to MRAG. Works in the Asian collection include, ceramic funerary urns, terracotta Thai jars, a marble Burmese Buddha, Asian paintings and centuries old silk and paper scrolls. A large pair of… » Read More
An unusual sub-collection within the MRAG Collection is the African sculptures. Donated to MRAG by William Bowmore in 1979, this collection includes 19th century bronze and wooden sculptures and masks from various African countries including the Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria and Cameroon.
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