Charles Bryant Jubilee water pageant manly 1927

Manly by Ferry invites you to attend an exhibition at Manly Art Gallery & Museum featuring photographs by Max Dupain and Frank Hurley and paintings by Peter Kingston and Wendy Sharpe that capture scenes of our iconic Manly ferries.

Immortalised in art, music, and literature, Manly ferries are embedded into the cultural fabric of Sydney and have long evoked all kinds of emotions and imagery.

This September and October, Manly Art Gallery and Museum (MAG&M) celebrates a quintessential Sydney icon and reveals aspects of Manly Ferry’s evolution across decades. The stunning exhibition is on now until 16 Oct 2022.

For over 140 years, artists have captured the Manly ferry journeying across Sydney Harbour in all its ever-changing moods.  Through seasons and across generations, the Manly ferry’s to-ing and fro-ing has set a familiar rhythm in the life of the city. “This show features over 30 works from MAG&M’s photography, painting, and museum collections, exploring the inherent duality of these much-loved vessels. They are after all vessels that balance ferrying carefree day-trippers and busy local commuters through both boisterous swells and peaceful waters alike.”

Many Ferries exhibition
Painting by Peter Kingston – November Ferry 2004

Part of the ‘Treasures from the Vault’ series, the exhibition is designed to reveal some of the rich history and stories of Manly, and of the artists themselves who called this part of Sydney home.

Visitors to the exhibition can view historical signage, tourist brochures and memorabilia plus posters featuring the famous SS South Steyne, as well as watercolours depicting scenes of Manly Cove and paddle steamers in the late 19th century, and paintings by marine artists Robert Carter and Charles Bryant. There is also contemporary works by Nick Hollo, Peter Kingston, and Wendy Sharpe revealing changing moods of the Harbour.

Visitors are invited to share their favourite story of a Manly ferry journey in a special exhibition log on display throughout the exhibition.

Treasures from the Vault features works acquired through MAG&M Society, the Theo Batten Bequest, Northern Beaches Council, and artists and donors through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

Manly Art Gallery & Museum
West Esplanade Reserve, Manly NSW 2095
Open Tue – Sun, 10am – 5pm (closed Mondays & Public Holidays)



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