Art & Life Seminar
Margaret Preston - Thea Proctor - Grace Cossington Smith

Saturday 9 April 2005 James O Fairfax Theatre
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Margaret Preston – Australian printmaker
18 December to 25 April National Gallery of Australia

The World of Thea Proctor
8 April to 19 June National Portrait Gallery

Grace Cossington Smith: a retrospective exhibition
4 March to 13 June National Gallery of Australia

The National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery are pleased to collaboratively present the Art & Life Seminar, on Saturday 9 April 2005 in the James O Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia.

The seminar focuses on the life and work of three important artists, the subjects of three concurrent exhibitions: Margaret Preston – Australian printmaker, Grace Cossington Smith: a retrospective exhibition (NGA) and The World of Thea Proctor (NPG).

All three women were vigorous modern artists who found inspiration in different and sometimes overlapping worlds. They were near-contemporaries who worked in Europe at various times in their respective careers, made major contributions to Australian art and remained artistically active late into their lives. While their approaches and personalities were strikingly different, their art shared many qualities, most importantly a strong emphasis on structure, colour and design. They each pushed the boundaries of their artistic practices; during their lifetimes and since they have been regarded as linked pioneers and advocates for Australian modernism.

Bringing these three artists together as a focus of study, the seminar will share recent research and scholarship to give insight into the ways in which they were central to the development of Australian art in the twentieth century.

Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Andrew Sayers, says “the seminar offers an excellent forum to analyse and discuss the impact of the three artists’ work on the development of Australian art, particularly modernism.”

Ron Radford, Director, National Gallery of Australia says “it’s an exciting opportunity to focus on three brave and pioneering artists, who injected vitality and a new approach to style and subject matter of Australian Art”.

Seminar Registration includes access to all seminars sessions, lunch and evening receptions, a seminar satchel, entry to the exhibition launch of The World of Thea Proctor on Friday 8 April and 40% off purchase of the three exhibition catalogues available at the NGA.

The Art & Life Seminar has been collaborated by the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery

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