• IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Sheila Hawkins

    Sheila Hawkins Gypsy Mother

    Sheila Hawkins is recognised for her contribution to children’s literature, particularly as an illustrator, and her strong sense of design and layout is evident in her painting. Gyspy Mother embodies an atmosphere of calm, despite the tangle of limbs and foreboding clouds, in a tightly controlled and complimentary colour palette. The monumental maternal figure is a picture […]

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  • IN THE SPOTLIGHT : Thomas Clark

    Thomas Clark Red Bluff Point Ormond

    Thomas Clark painted several views around Melbourne including Red Bluff, Elwood. The area now known as Point Ormond was originally called Red Bluff in 1839 and a quarantine station was established there from 1840. Red Bluff was levelled in 1906 and used to fill in the swampy lands of Elwood. Clark often used people in […]

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  • NAIDOC WEEK 2020

    We wish to acknowledge NAIDOC Week (8 – 15 November) with this year’s theme ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE. We encourage you to support and celebrate NAIDOC Week events near you. For further details go to www.naidoc.org.au NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal […]

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  • IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Emily Kam Kngwarraye

    Emily Kngwarray Women's Dreaming

    In the late 1970s, Emily took up batik, along with other artists from Utopia, as a means of expressing cultural stories and designs and began painting on canvas in 1988-89. Her earlier work developed a distinctive skeletal linear formation overlaid with dots to form highly abstracted works.  Women’s Dreaming (1993) features these meandering lines to depict […]

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  • IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jessie Scarvell

    Jessie Scarvell Glenalvon Murrurundi 1895

    Glenalvon, Murrurundi depicts an area Jessie Scarvell painted on several occasions, the rural landscape around the picturesque mountains of the Liverpool Ranges in the Upper Hunter region of NSW. Scarvell painted en plein air and her harmonious use of colour is clear, with the muted soft purples, grey and green of the background contrasted against the […]

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  • In the Spotlight: Iso Rae

    Iso Rae A Devil Etaples 1917

    Isobel Rae was known as “Iso”, her nickname a somewhat relevant and familiar word to us today, as was her likely experience of isolation. At the outbreak of World War I, Iso Rae remained in Etaples, France with her mother and sister, whilst most foreigners moved away from the former peaceful fishing village, which had been home […]

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  • IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Ethel Carrick Fox

    “The energy and liveliness of outdoor crowds occupied Ethel Carrick Fox throughout her career, and she was particularly fascinated by markets, parks and beaches. Perfect subjects for her swiftly wrought impressions, these turn-of-the-century public spaces were being transformed by modernity.” Angela Goddard, ‘Modernity in Motion: Ethel Carrick’s crowds’ in Art, Love & Life: Ethel Carrick & […]

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  • IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Charles Blackman

    Charles Blackman is one of Australia’s most celebrated and significant figurative artists and was an exceptional draughtsperson. His use of pen and ink, charcoal and pencil – from quick sketches to large sized works on paper – was a constant throughout his life. His drawings bear evidence of the personal nature of his art, used […]

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  • IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Hans Heysen

    “There is something immensely exhilarating when tall white gums tower into the blue heavens – the subtle quality of the edges where they meet the sky – how mysterious.”Carrol, A., North, I., and Treganza, J., Hans Heysen Centenary Retrospective 1877 – 1977, Art Gallery Board of South Australia, 1977, p.12 This striking watercolour highlights the majesty […]

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  • Bessie Davidson – on show

    The growing global interest in women artists is reflected in the increasing number of exhibitions highlighting their work. A number of artworks from our current exhibition of Innovative Australian Women are currently on loan to other exhibitions:

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