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.

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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.

Emerging Artists Prize

Since 1987, the Macquarie Group Collection has been acquiring works by emerging Australian artists around the theme of The Land and Its Psyche. More than 800 works are on display in around 40 Macquarie offices globally.

The Macquarie Group 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. Terms & Conditions attached.

Image: Liss Fenwick, Girraween, Northern Territory, 2016, pigment print on Platine fibre paper, 70 x 100cm, edition 1/5 + 1AP, framed.

Now in its eighth year, the 2019 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Exhibition will open from 12 August to 5 September 2019 in the gallery, Space, 1 Shelley St, Sydney (enter via Erskine St).

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Entries close 5pm, 31 May 2019.

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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.

2017 Macquarie Group First Nations Curator Award winner

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.

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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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