The Art Gallery of Ballarat is hosting an exhibition For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation. It finishes at the end of July.
Before you dismiss this article wondering what is the connection to the Victorian Volcanic Plain, here a reason why you may be interested. The exhibition celebrates the role played by Scots in development of the Australian nation from the First Fleet to Federation and while it contains some of items you might expect such as large imposing portraits, a set of bagpipes (in this case made from goat skin, whale tooth & wood) and paintings showing the Scottish countryside, there are also some beautiful Eugene von Guérard works that include pastoral scenes from the Victorian Volcanic Plains (VVP) including one near Camperdown.
Paintings by other artists include one of Ercildoune Homestead just west of Ballarat and another of one near Keilor, with views that give indications on what the tree cover may have looked like before many of the trees disappeared in the goldrush and for farmland. There is a lot to learn from early artists’ interpretation of the countryside. There is also Governor Macquarie’s chair, carved in wood and clad in wallaby fur for those with an eye for furniture as well as some very early botanical painting by Scot’s artists who accompanied the early explorers.
This is quite a large exhibition so allow plenty of time. It runs until Sunday, July 27, 2014, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Admission: Adult $15, Concession $10, Gallery Member $7.50, Child (U16) Free
Also a one off event:
An Afternoon with Scots of the Western District
Australia Felix, Victoria’s Western District was arguably Australia’s greatest ‘Scotch settlement’. Hear eminent historian Weston Bate join with Danny Spooner to tell their story in words and song.
Sunday 13 July 2014 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM in the McCain Annexe, Admission: Free