Past Events

Imaging the Margin: Journeys, Borders and Living on the Edge 
October 6, 2017 - February 28, 2018

Watermark panel, Penelope Lee and Nathalie Hartog- Gautier

This coming summer immerse yourself in an exhibition space designed to both challenge our perspectives on nation building and to pay tribute to those who have sought a safe refuge in our country. As a country we can be proactive in upholding the dignity and worth of each displaced person.

The paper based artworks are the collaborative effort of artists Penelope Lee and Nathalie Hartog-Gautier. Both artists share a passion for the art of print and paper.

Nathalie holds a Master of Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts UNSW. “Her practice over the years has focused on the concept of the voyage, its transformations, attachments and associations, especially when place interconnects with memory and identity”.

Penelope holds a Master of Design, College of Fine Arts UNSW. “Her work integrates the medieval origins of papermaking, printmaking and book binding with new media technologies in artefacts that explore the way we read the world”.

The artists have focused on our national imperative to respond to the plight of those seeking asylum in Australia, as stated in the United Nations Charter, the Declaration of Human Rights.

Imaging the Margin is an exhibition reflecting on the current marginalisation of refugees. Artworks are designed for the contemplation of our humanitarian values and responsibilities as a nation. The words appearing in the artworks are drawn from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, reminding us that in response to the needs of refugees beyond human rights, decency and common sense, there is also the weight of international law.

A Visitors Book is provided for you to comment on your experience of this exhibition.

Duration of exhibition - October 6, 2017 - February 28, 2018
Admission to the museum includes entry to the exhibition

Paradise, 2015


'Seeking Humanity: Portraits and Stories of Australia's Asylum Seekers and Refugees' exhibition by Wendy Sharpe 

Official Launch - 10 December 2015

10 December 2015 - 4 March 2016

Wendy SharpeWendy Sharpe’s exhibition shows a series of portraits of asylum seekers compiled in 2015. Wendy’s subjects spoke with her about themselves, their homes, careers, where they came from and often – the families they had left behind.

For Wendy, these stories are relevant and inspiring: and for those being portrayed, both the process and the finished artwork recognise their hopes, dreams and shared humanity.

The exhibition is made possible by the generous support and partnership formed with the Asylum Seekers Centre in Sydney. These portraits were gifted by Wendy Sharpe with the sale of each work providing financial assistance for the work of the centre.

The Asylum Seekers Centre provides practical and personal support for asylum seekers living in the community. Their services include casework, accommodation, financial relief, health care and counselling, employment assistance, education, food, advocacy and recreational activities. The centre is a not-for-profit organisation relying on grants, donations and volunteers to undertake its work.

This special exhibition was officially opened on Thursday 10 December by Maree Whybourne (CEO Mary MacKillop Foundation) at Mary MacKillop Place Museum.




'Treasures Under the Southern Cross: Celebrating 20 Years of Shared Stories' exhibition 

Official Launch - 20 May

21 May - 22 November 2015

Mary MacKillop Place Museum’s latest exhibition, ‘Treasures under the Southern Cross: Celebrating 20 years of shared stories’, was officially launched last night by Sr Judy Sippel rsj (Mary MacKillop Place Board Chair).
The exhibition depicts the collective voice of those women who have faced and experienced life changing events that have shaped their lives and curator, Edwina Huntley, has worked in partnership with Mary MacKillop International (MMI), The MacKillop Foundation & The Asylum Seekers Centre to develop this special exhibition.



Artist Floor Talks

11 & 25 February

'Threshold' exhibition artist floor talks by Marcelle Mansour

On 11 and 25 February a free event in conjunction with the exhibition 'Threshold' was hosted by the Museum. The exhibiting artist, Marcelle Mansour, shared her story behind the creation of this reflective and beautiful series of work. Marcelle spoke of her journey to her homeland in the Middle East and back to Australia. A poetry reading accompanied the talk and open discussion.

Marcelle artist floor talk    Marcelle artist floor talk 2


Click on the audio to hear an interview with Marcelle on 2RRR Community Radio.



01.Interview with Marcelle Mansour for Threshold exhibition




11 August 2014

Gallery 3 Re-opening

Gallery 3

The Museum has recently completed another stage of refurbishment. Gallery 3 was re-opened to the public on 19 July after completion of a 2-week refurbishment program. Curator, Edwina Huntley and Registrar, Amanda Olliek have worked tirelessly for the past few months researching content for new exhibition displays, conserving and preserving objects and installing new objects into the gallery. Some exhibition spaces have been opened up to help visitors move through the gallery in more comfort.