Double Century Exhibition Launch

NEW EXHIBITION FEATURING THE WORKS OF EDWARD HEFFERNAN AND GEOFFREY MAINWARING

Geoffrey Mainwaring Self Portrait (undated) Image: Private Collection

Geoffrey Mainwaring Self Portrait (undated)
Image: Private Collection

Edward Heffernan Self Portrait (1980) Image: Private Collection

Edward Heffernan Self Portrait (1980)
Image: Private Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday 10 October 2013, the Gold Museum opened Double Century, a major retrospective exhibition featuring the work of two renowned Ballarat artists and educators, Edward Heffernan and Geoffrey Mainwaring.

The exhibition also includes the works of Vida Pearson, Wendy Whitford and Margaret Voterakis, three local artists who were taught by Heffernan and Mainwaring.

Double Century exhibition launch Image: © Sovereign Hill Museums Association

Double Century exhibition launch
Image: © Sovereign Hill Museums Association

Born a week apart in October 1912, Mainwaring grew up in Melbourne and Heffernan originally lived in Adelaide, but their careers took them around Australia and across the world. Both were proficient in a range of mediums, including painting, drawing and linocuts. In later life, they were both employed to teach art at the School of Mines, Ballarat.

The Double Century exhibition features more than 100 framed artworks from private collections, in addition to a selection from Mainwaring’s time as an Official War Artist, on loan from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Mr Roger Trudgeon, Emeritus Professor Terry Lloyd and Dr Jeremy Johnson at the exhibition launch Image: © Sovereign Hill Museums Association

Mr Roger Trudgeon, Emeritus Professor Terry Lloyd and Dr Jeremy Johnson at the exhibition launch
Image: © Sovereign Hill Museums Association

The official exhibition launch was held in the Gold Museum’s Simon Pavilion, hosted by Emeritus Professor Terry Lloyd (President of the Sovereign Hill Museums Association), Dr. Jeremy Johnson (Chief Executive Officer of the Sovereign Hill Museums Association) and Mr. Roger Trudgeon (Manager/Curator of the Gold Museum). The function was attended by more than 200 guests, including members of both the Heffernan and Mainwaring families.

Double Century will be on display at the Gold Museum until 23 February 2014. For more information, please visit the website: http://www.sovereignhill.com.au/gold-museum-ballarat/exhibitions/

Guests at the exhibition launch Image: © Sovereign Hill Museums Association

Guests at the exhibition launch
Image: © Sovereign Hill Museums Association

2 thoughts on “Double Century Exhibition Launch

  1. Hullo – I am preparing a profile on the artist Geoffrey Mainwaring for The History of the Royal SA Society of Arts. I would be most interested to receive any material you could provide me so I can write a biographical profile – and if you could supply a high resolution image of the self portrait included on this page. Alos, can you point me where I can secure permissions to use this matterial?
    Thanks – Adam Dutkiewicz (adam@moonarrow.com)

    • Hi Adam, The images featured in this post belong to a private collector, therefore we are unable to provide you with a copy of the images. We do not hold any material in our collection relating to Geoffrey Mainwaring. You may wish to consult the National Library of Australia’s Trove resource. The National Gallery of Victoria and the National Gallery of Australia also have a selection of their collection available online which may be of assistance to your project. We wish you all the best with your research

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