NEW EXHIBITION FEATURING THE WORKS OF EDWARD HEFFERNAN AND GEOFFREY MAINWARING
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.
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.
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/