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A day of art at The State Library


Saturday 11 February from 11am to 4pm

AAA Art Lovers, a non-profit private group, is created for sharing insights, joy and the moment with people who have the same passion and love for Art and The Art Of Living.

Exclusive sponsor: Alina Interpreting and Translating Australia,

Let's immerse in paintings from the collection at the State Library

There are more than 300 original artworks from the Library’s unique collection of landscape and portrait paintings on permanent public display.

The selected works range from the 1790s to today, featuring portraits of the extraordinary and the everyday, rare and recent views of Sydney and the harbour, suburban streetscapes and burgeoning rural townscapes.

Each of these paintings offers a glimpse into the artist's world----how they saw it, or how they were commissioned to portray it.

They are a window into the past, they also prompt us to ask what, and who is not visible.

Grand Vistas — Panoramas from the collection

Travel across Australia and see the world through 19th-century panoramas from the Library’s collection.

Panoramas — extensive, often encompassing 360 degrees, images of landscapes or cities generally many metres long — developed in the early 19th century as a form of popular entertainment.

Grand Vistas introduces visitors to 16 panoramas — each a miracle of detail and observation — drawn from the Library’s collection.

Visitors can travel from Istanbul to Kolkata, to Singapore, Fremantle, Hobart or Port Macquarie.

Amaze Gallery

The Amaze Gallery features an ever-changing display of eclectic items from the Library's collection.

Current highlights include original artwork and sketches for Shaun Tan's award-winning picture book Dog, as well as handwritten poems, letters and objects associated with the life and work of writer Henry Lawson, who died 100 years ago on 2 September 1922.

Colonial artists Conrad Martens and George Edwards Peacock were enthusiastic painters of the Harbour and were closely associated with Darling Point in their depictions of its picturesque scenery and houses.

Conrad Martens began giving private lessons to Darling Point residents, including Mrs Thomas Sutcliffe Mort, in the late 1840s, making the journey to Darling Point regularly. As he could not resist sketching wherever he went, his own drawings during that period make an excellent sequence documenting this beautiful part of Sydney.

George Edwards Peacock began selling his works in the 1840s. His oils, generally small and atmospheric, concentrated on Sydney Harbour and the exclusive private villas along its foreshores. With their precise detail enlivened by artistic effect, his paintings gave a romanticism to the landscape.

Please note: Audio commentary is available for some paintings, so please bring earbuds

When & where to meet: 11 am at the State Library

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break at Library Cafe

3:30-4:00: Afternoon tea at the Library Cafe

Please note: By RSVPing, to this event, you (and your guests) agree to and are bound to AAA Art Lovers terms & conditions

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