Macquarie Group Collection

About the collection

The Macquarie Group Collection acquires art by emerging Australian artists, in all media, around the theme of The Land and Its Psyche.

Established in 1987, the Collection is on display in more than 40 Macquarie offices worldwide and includes more than 800 works, which are selected by a volunteer committee of Macquarie Group staff and a curatorial expert.

Art Conversations: Art Gallery of New South Wales 03:34
Art Conversations: Art Gallery of New South Wales

19 Sep 2017
Macquarie Group

To celebrate 30 years of Macquarie’s art collection, Macquarie Group Collection Director Helen Burton and Deputy Director and Director of Collections of AGNSW Maud Page, discuss the evolution of Australian art and the modern day gallery experience.

2019 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize

Visual artist Emily Imeson was awarded the 2019 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize for her painting Alive in the dead of night, 2019 (pictured).

Guest judge Nike Savvas shares, “From an outstanding field of nominees, Emily’s work was selected as the recipient of the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize as it represents a distinct style and skilfully encapsulates the theme of the Macquarie Group Collection, The Land and its Psyche.”

Three other awards are also given as part of the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize.


Luke Aleksandrow received the Nick Waterlow OAM Highly Commended Award for his work To Adelaide, 2018.



Nyinta Donald was awarded the Highly Commended Award for her animation Iti Jesunya Bethlehemala Ngaringu (Baby Jesus was Born in Bethlehem), 2018.



Each year, visitors of the public exhibition are invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award. The 2019 award was given to Julia Sirianni for her work The Cliffs, 2019.

Our finalists

The exceptional quality of the finalists’ works reflects the significant depth of talent to be found among Australia’s next generation of promising visual artists.  Congratulations to the 2019 finalists:

  • Alexander Beech
  • Martin Claydon
  • Samir Hamaiel
  • Paul Murphy
  • Adam Oste

About the Emerging Artist Prize

The Macquarie Group Collection has been supporting emerging Australian artists for more than thirty years. The Collection’s acquisitive Emerging Artist Prize and exhibition is held in Sydney each year, offering support to a new generation of Australian visual artists. Artists are invited to enter an original work/s that reflect the Macquarie Group Collection theme, The Land and Its Psyche.

The winner receives $A15,000 with their work joining the Macquarie Group Collection. Two Highly Commended recipients each receive $A2,000 and People’s Choice Winner receives $A1,000. International Art Services generously provide sponsored art transport.

Expression of Interest information: Public art proposal by Macquarie Group, Martin Place Integrated Station Development

Macquarie Group is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from visual artists to develop a major public artwork for the new Sydney Metro Martin Place integrated station development.

Background to the project

Macquarie Group will deliver the new Sydney Metro Martin Place integrated station development. This will include the new Martin Place Metro Station, two new commercial buildings above the station, a retail space, new underground pedestrian connections and improvements to the public domain.

As the new Martin Place Station is built underground, the integrated station development will be able to be built above the station at the same time. This helps reduce community impacts, and allows for the buildings to be completed when Sydney Metro services start in 2024.

Macquarie Group is seeking artists with experience in delivering major public art, or a demonstrated capacity to do so, to work with Macquarie and our architects to deliver one or more major public artworks for the new precinct.

The opportunity

Transport hubs play an integral role in the city, servicing workers commuting from the suburbs and between different points within the city. Public art has the capacity to positively influence the commuter, customer and visitor experience. At its best, public art also has placemaking capacity to transform a generic city space into a destination in its own right.

By integrating imaginative and ambitious examples of world-class public art, Macquarie aims to provide a positive and uplifting experience for city workers, shoppers, tourists and Sydney Metro users. The development offers numerous potential locations for suspended, wall-based and digital art works. These major public art works will enhance people’s experience of the precinct, providing wonder, delight and opportunities for cultural engagement as they pass through the ground level and underground spaces.

The Macquarie-commissioned public art for the new integrated station development will complement public art commissioned by Sydney Metro for the station entrance areas, creating an engaging and cohesive visual environment.

In working with Sydney Metro on the integration of public art into the new Martin Place Station, Macquarie Group’s vision aligns with Sydney Metro’s aim to elevate Sydney’s place as a global city and deliver a cultural legacy to the people of New South Wales.

Sydney Metro

Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest public transport project. In 2024, Sydney will have 31 metro railway stations and a 66 km standalone metro railway system. There will be ultimate capacity for a metro train every two minutes in each direction under the Sydney CBD.

The Martin Place Station will deliver new metro rail services and will also directly link with the existing Martin Place suburban railway station which services the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line.

In 2018 Sydney Metro ran a separate public art EOI for the entire Sydney Metro network. This included a competition for the public art commissions at Martin Place Station, focussed on the station entrance areas. The successful artist for the Metro Art Commission will be endorsed in June 2019.

Image: Artist's impression of Martin Place integrated station development. All artist’s impressions are subject to planning application processes and design development.

Macquarie Group

Macquarie Group is a global diversified financial group providing clients with asset management and finance, banking, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, equity and commodities. Founded in 1969, Macquarie now employs over 15,700 people globally with offices in 30 markets. Macquarie Group, together with its design and construction contractor Lendlease, will deliver the new Sydney Metro Martin Place integrated station development.

Artist selection process

Step 1

Step 1

Call for artists to submit through a public EOI to establish their eligibility for the Sydney Metro Martin Place integrated station development. The EOI is open until 17 June 2019, after which time the selection panel will create a shortlist of artists for Stage 2. Artists who would like to be considered for inclusion on the long list are invited to submit the following material:

  1. A maximum 300 word description of current practice and experience
  2. A 2-page CV
  3. A letter of reference from a client, commissioner or gallerist
  4. Images of three relevant examples of previous art work
  5. Confirmation of availability to participate
Step 2

Step 2

Shortlisted artists will be invited to develop a proposal for public artwork/s. Artists will be provided with a detailed Artists Brief including architectural and building plans, budgets and contractual information, as well as a site visit and meetings with Macquarie Group representatives as required. A nominal fee will be paid to each short-listed artist who undertakes to develop a detailed proposal.

Step 3

Step 3

Shortlisted artists present their proposal to the selection panel. The final selection of artist/s is anticipated to occur in September 2019. The criteria for selection of the artist/s will be:

  1. Artistic merit as evidenced in the material provided
  2. Alignment with Macquarie Group and Sydney Metro public art strategies
  3. Responsiveness to the Artists Brief
  4. Demonstrated capacity and experience working on public art projects

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Submissions now closed.

First Nations Emerging Curator Award

The Macquarie Group Foundation in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts awarded the inaugural Macquarie Group First Nations Emerging Curator Award to Freja Carmichael in September 2017.

Image: Glennys Briggs, Our Stories 2014, print on paper, Redland Art Gallery Collection, courtesy the artist. From the Gathering Strands exhibition, curated by Freja Carmichael. Photography by Carl Warner.

The Australia Council’s partnership with the Macquarie Group Foundation is part of a broader strategy to encourage arts investment from diverse sources and to leverage its unique position and expertise to benefit Australian artists and audiences. The Award reflects a shared commitment of promoting First Nations arts and investing in emerging artists and arts professionals.

The inaugural winner received $A15,000 and will curate a new exhibition in 2018 mentored by the Macquarie Group Collection Director and Curatorial Consultant and a Senior First Nations curator. They will also participate in professional development opportunities nationally and internationally with the Australia Council.

2017 Macquarie Group First Nations Curator Award winner announced

Meet Freja Carmichael

Find out more


Macquarie’s new gallery in Sydney, Space, is open to the public at 1 Shelley Street (enter via Erskine St) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am to 3pm.


In print

Published in 2012 to commemorate the first 25 years of the collection, The Macquarie Group Collection – The Land and Its Psyche features a brief history and 100 works from the collection. Macquarie’s art collection has since been featured in two international publications about global corporate art collections. 



The Macquarie Group Collection sits within the Macquarie Group Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Macquarie Group which provides support to hundreds of community organisations globally each year through financial support, volunteering and skills sharing.

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