July 14, 2018
MGA’s collection is incredibly unique; the only public collection solely dedicated to Australian
photography. Over the last three decades the collection has grown exponentially and now numbers
over 3,100 works that narrate the history of photography in Australia. The collection has continued
to develop in depth and significance through a combination of acquisitions and donated works.
LEGACY+ … collecting contemporary features two pop‐up exhibitions which show how acquisitions
and donations work in concert with each other. This dynamic conversation is at the heart of how a
public collection can grow and become an incredible cultural asset for the community, one that
reflects, responds and speaks to the importance of photography, of public collections, and ensures
future generations have access to our shared cultural history and one of the most important artistic
mediums of our time.