Mary Alice Evatt

The Doc, Picasso & Mas.
Exhibition: Mary Alice Evatt 'Mas' 1898-1973

After successful shows in Bathurst, Melbourne and Albury, the MAS exhibition is finally on its way to Sydney (afterwhich it will travel to Canberra).

Dr Evatt and his wife Mary Alice were lovers of the arts when the arts - especially in the ranks of labour politics - were considered effete and irrelevant, if they were considered at all. The Evatts bought many works from struggling young artists, which of course became works of great value later in their lives.

In 1990 the Evatt Executive Committee decided that an annual Art Award in the name of Mary Alice Evatt should be awarded to the best final year student artwork chosen from the annual students' exhibitions in the Bachelor of Visual Arts courses at the University of Western Sydney, Macarthur and Nepean campuses. Last year, the Committee awarded the 2002 Art Award to Bathurst Regional Art Gallery for the catalogue of the exhibition Mary Alice Evatt 'Mas' 1898-1973. The Evatt Foundation considered this to be a fitting tribute to the memory of Mary Alice and her passionate faith in the freedom of individual expression in art.

This exhibition, Mary Alice Evatt 'Mas' 1898-1973, surveys for the first time the work of an accomplished artist and lifelong advocate of contemporary art. It has been made possible through the generosity of the artists' daughter, Rosalind Carrodus, who has given not only access to private archives and loans but also a wonderful memoir of her mother. Curator Dr Melissa Boyde has undertaken research which is both comprehensive and insightful.

Event location: S H Ervin Gallery, National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill, The Rocks
Event time: Tuesday - Friday 11am - 5pm Saturday - Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Event cost: Adults $6, Concession $4

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