• MAG&M Ceramics Gallery. Photography: Karen Watson

Ninety years of collecting

The MAG&M Collection includes over 5,070 items, with 400+ ceramics, 1,300+ Australian watercolours, prints, etchings, drawings and paintings and over 1,270 items of swimwear and beach ephemera.

Curated over nine decades, the MAG&M Collection has grown thanks to the generosity of many significant donors including the MAG&M Society, artist gifts by Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor, Will Ashton, Lloyd Rees, Joshua Yeldham, Salvatore Zofrea and MAG&M’s founder Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo and the Theo Batten, Roger Pietri and Lady Askin bequests. The Federal Government’s Cultural Gifts Program has also allowed many key works by contemporary artists to enter the collection.

See highlights from our collection below, or follow us on Instagram to see stories about recent acquisitions. 

Donations and gifts

Donations to the MAG&M Collection in line with the Northern Beaches Cultural Collections and Gifts Policy and Guidelines are welcome. Gifts are accepted through the Cultural Gifts Program and are tax deductible.

Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo

Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo (1870-1955), was instrumental in establishing both MAG&M and its collection of Australian art.

Anne Zahalka, Figures on Manly Beach April 25 (after Nancy Kilgour), 2015, unique photo media print, 115 x 177.5cm, MAG&M Collection - donated by MAG&M Society 2015

Collection stories

Selected works from across MAG&M’s five collection areas weave new stories related to beach culture, fashion, sport, art and history.

Wendy Sharpe, 'Blue Harbour', 2018, oil on linen (image detail)

Recent acquisitions

MAG&M's Collection continues to grow - see our latest acquisitions.

Stephen Bird (b.1964) Last Muster of the Tasmanian Aborigines at Risdon with paint tin, 2012, hand-painted and glazed ceramic form, 20 x 37 x 36cm. MAG&M Collection - Purchased through the Roger Pietri Bequest 2015

Ceramics Collection

Highlights from MAG&M's ceramics collection which currently comprises 408 works dating back to the 1970s.