Mary Alice Evatt Exhibition

The 50th anniversary of Chif

The 50th anniversary of the death of Ben Chifley in 2001 focused the attention of the city of Bathurst - Chif's hometown - on the labour history of the 1940s and 50s. One happy result is that this Easter the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery is exhibiting the Mary Alice Evatt Collection. In appreciation, the Evatt Foundation's Executive Committee has awarded the Gallery the Mary Alice Art Prize for 2002.

Starting date of event: 28 March 2002
End date of event: 12 May 2002
Event location: Bathurst Art Gallery, 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW

The engagement of Doc Evatt's wife, Mary Alice Scheffer (1898-1973), with the modernist art movement in Australia is directly tied to the Gallery's collection, and we warmly recommend this exhibition, which will open on Easter Saturday (28 March) and continue until 12 May.

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery is one of the oldest regional galleries in NSW, having been established in 1959. The collection began in 1955 and the Gallery now hosts up to 15 exhibitions annually, including touring and temporary exhibitions, and exhibitions from the permanent collection and community groups.

The focus of the permanent collection is Australian art from the 1950s to the present. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery has one of the finest regional collections of the artworks of Lloyd Rees, who married a Bathurst woman by the name of Marjory Pollard. Other famous artists who have a close association with the region of Bathurst include Russell Drysdale, Donald Friend, Brett Whiteley, John Olsen and Tim Storrier.

The Evatt Foundation is proudly associated with the Bathurst Art Gallery and the Mary Alice Evatt Exhibition. 

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