Visitors have less than two weeks left to experience Cressida Campbell, a survey exhibition of one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists, which has led to the National Gallery’s busiest summer in three years.
Don’t miss the chance to journey into the imagination and life of Gadigal/Sydney-based artist Cressida Campbell before the exhibition – her largest to date – closes on 19 February.
Featuring more than 140 of Campbell’s woodcut prints and woodblock paintings – including many held in private collections – this is a rare chance to see works by the renowned colourist that have been off public display for decades.
National Gallery Australian Prints and Drawings Curator, Dr Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax, said the exhibition’s popularity is a testament to Campbell’s ability to blur the boundary between art and life as she translates the everyday into the extraordinary.
‘The personal nature of her pictures resonates with audiences and offers an overview of the last 40 years of her story,’ Dr Noordhuis-Fairfax said.
‘The domestic focus of many of her prints and paintings allows us to piece together a journey through her life from kitchen scraps and watering cans, cut flowers and washing up, postcard souvenirs to harbour views framed through windscreens.’
National Gallery Director Dr Nick Mitzevich said ‘Cressida has developed a unique approach to woodblock printmaking, which is as beautiful as it is idiosyncratic. This practice is drawn from years of study and experimentation, and melds painting and printmaking to document her home, her art, her life.’
The exhibition’s illustrated catalogue, created in collaboration with the artist, was shortlisted for the 2023 Indie Book Awards. The stunning hardcover publication offers new insights into Campbell’s life and work, featuring research and writing from a range of curators, artists, poets and other voices.
A selection of limited-edition art prints and merchandise are available to purchase from the National Gallery Art Store.
Cressida Campbell has been made possible through the continued generosity of Principal Patron: Margaret Olley Art Trust; Strategic Partners: ACT Government through VisitCanberra and Seven West Media; Major Patron: Philip Bacon AO; Film Fund Patrons: Brian Abel and Mark Manton, Michael Gannon and Helen Gannon, Dick Smith AC and Pip Smith AO; Exhibition Patrons: Julian Burt and Alexandra Burt through the Wright Burt Foundation; Major Partners: Qantas and Maddocks; Supporting patrons: The Hon Ashley Dawson Damer AM, John Hindmarsh AM and Rosanna Hindmarsh OAM, Andrew Robertson, Paul Taylor, Sue Taylor and Kate Taylor, and Ray Wilson OAM; Supporting Partners: Capital Hotel Group and Archie Rose Distilling Co; and Publication Partner: Gordon Darling Foundation; and Exhibition Contributors: Colin Hindmarsh and Barbara Hindmarsh, Paul Lindwall and Dr Joanne Frederiksen, and Robert Meller and Helena Clark.
Until 19 February 2023
$22 Adults $17 Members $20 Concession $6 Child (5-16 years).
To book, visit https://nga.gov.au/exhibitions/cressida-campbell/
Grazing by the Garden
Fri, Sat & Sun, 14 Oct 22 – 19 Feb 23 | Ticketed
Inspired by Cressida Campbell’s love of gardens and shared food between friends, the National Gallery invites you to Grazing by the Garden. Escape the everyday and enjoy a light lunch in the Gallery’s dining room with scenic views of the Sculpture Garden and Lake Burley Griffin.
Cressida Campbell: Drop in and draw
24 Sep 22 – 19 Feb 23 | free
Cressida Campbell has always loved drawing the beauty of what she sees around her in everyday life. Gather around the table to observe, compose and draw together. A still life of objects from the National Gallery’s collection and the artist’s own home provide inspiration for people of all ages and abilities.
Art chats and guided tours
24 Sep 22 - 19 Feb 23, various times
Hear from the National Gallery’s expert guides and join a tour of Cressida Campbell.
Cressida Campbell Audio Tour
Accessible from your own device, at the Gallery or from home.
Take a journey through the exhibition with the artist. Hear personal stories about her works and practice as Cressida Campbell guides visitors through the exhibition. As you enter into each room, hear curatorial insights from Dr Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax.
For more, visit https://nga.gov.au/exhibitions/cressida-campbell/
Digital version available here. Hard copy available on request.
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