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Ceramic hands - symbolic icon for Women on Farms Gathering at Macedon Ranges, 2002

This sculpture of ceramic hands was created as a symbolic icon and display item for the Women on Farms Gathering at Kyneton in the Macedon Ranges in 2002. The sculpture was created by Kyneton potter Peggy Thallong-Smith with assistance from Pat Beasley. It measures 26.5 cm (length) x 26.8 cm (width) x 13.5 cm (height). ...

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Framed embroidery

This is a framed embroidery, made with wool, depicting an early, unofficial Australian coat of arms. The coat of arms is composed of a blue shield of four quarters that encloses a burgundy cross with five small white crosses, one at its centre and the others on each arm of the cross. The first quarter of the shield displays ...

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Surrealist art: weird and wonderful

Surrealist art began in the early part of the 20th century. Artists and writers used dreams, their fears or the unconscious mind as inspiration for their artwork. In this clip, find out more about surrealism and its influence on artists of the past and of today.

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Painting a blank canvas outdoors

Do you fear the blank page or canvas when you're about to create an artwork? Musician Henry Wagons has felt this fear when writing music but also felt it when he first tried landscape painting. See how his painting turned out after he had a little help from an expert.

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'Emu beaker', 1917

This is a beaker made in 1917 from earthenware clay by Gladys Reynell (1881-1956), which measures 10.0 cm (height) x 8.7 cm (diameter). A very simple, tapered cylindrical form, it is primarily red-brown in colour. The shine that can be seen on the lip of the beaker indicates that the surface has been sealed (and therefore ...

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Australian 'goldfields' brooch commissioned by Edward Austin, c1855

This is a rectangular rusticated wire framework brooch that features miniature copies of mining equipment. In the centre, a miner works a windlass and bucket above a sluice box. On either side is a crossed pick and shovel. The whole brooch is surrounded by a framework of leaves. It was made in about 1855.

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'Making Do' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by artist Murray Walker. The panel consists of images and handwritten words on a pale blue and gold background. The Eureka flag, made from fabric, forms the centrepiece of the design. Across the top are small ink drawings of items including a house, a windmill and toys. There are photographic ...

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'My life', 1996

This is a wooden panel carved in bas-relief by Eva Schubert in 1996, depicting her life. The bottom left-hand corner shows children playing and singing, woods and fish in a river. There is a scene of refugees dated 1945, a town scene, and a ship on the ocean, dated 1955. The top part of the carving shows Melbourne, eucalypts, ...

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Laminated glass sculpture, 'The Beginning of the End', c1995

This is a glass collage exploring the theme of birth and the intensity of life through a chaotic and colourful juxtaposition of glass assembled then fired. the panel is: 86.5 cm x 24.0 cm.

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Mallee root - symbolic icon for Women on Farms Gathering at Swan Hill, 1995

This mallee root artwork was created as a symbolic icon and display item for the Women on Farms Gathering at Swan Hill in 1995. The root has a sawn edge showing the red-brown colour inside. A metal plaque reads: 'WOMEN ON FARMS / GATHERING / SWAN HILL / 1995'. The artwork measures 21.0 cm (length) x 18.0 cm (width) x 15.5 ...

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'Rustic rose' - symbolic icon of Women on Farms Gathering at Benalla, 2005

This 'rustic rose' sculpture was created as a symbolic icon and display item for the Women on Farms Gathering at Benalla in 2005. It was made by Bonnie Leatham, the daughter of one of the Gathering organisers, from barbed wire and an old tobacco tin found on her property. The sculpture measures 59.5 cm (length) x 4.7 cm ...

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Hans Heysen: 'The saplings', 1904

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'The saplings' by Hans Heysen and catalogue information about the painting. There is also a video with audio commentary and corresponding onscreen text that provides an interpretation of the painting and information about the artist's views. The painting pays homage ...

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One way to begin a landscape painting

Australian painter Jeff Woodger has a passion for post-romantic landscape painting. His work hangs in collections in Japan and New York, but he spends much of his time in regional galleries around Victoria, viewing their collections of landscape paintings. Woodger maps out the first steps in his painting process as he selects ...

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Creature sculptures rise from the scrap heap

Coolah sculptor David Sherlock brings scrap metal back to life in the form of amazing animals, birds and insects.

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Reading the message in a painting

Have you ever 'read' a painting? In England during the mid-1800s, the job of a seamstress or dressmaker was often not a happy one. Explore, or 'read', Richard Redgrave's painting 'The Seamstress' (1846) to find out more about the life of one such woman, and to discover the message that the artist was sending.

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What most figures in Boyd's paintings?

Australian artist Arthur Boyd (1920-1999) has contributed a huge amount to Australian art, says former director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Edmund Capon. Hear Capon's view that, although many of Boyd's paintings are of Australian landscapes, the focus is more on the people within them, and about Boyd's own thoughts ...

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Crazy patchwork quilt, 1890-95

This is a crazy patchwork quilt, measuring 202.5 cm x 268.0 cm, made by Rebecca King (1859-1915) in the late 19th century. The 'crazy' elements are immediately evident as the eye begins to take a journey across a spinning mosaic of different shapes and colours, which the artist created by sewing hundreds of small units ...

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'FX Holden', 1977

This is an earthenware clay sculpture designed to resemble an early model Holden car. Made in 1977 by Margaret Dodd (1941-), the work measures 17.5 cm x 42.0 cm x 19.0 cm. The car has a compact, all-over rounded shape with a high, slightly curved roof, a rounded bonnet and pronounced mudguards. The body of the car is black ...

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Shark vase, 1987

This is an earthenware clay sculptural vase, made in 1987 by Lorraine Jenyns (1945-). Measuring 36 cm x 23 cm x 20 cm, the vase is in the shape of a shark's head that is set on a flat base with the head pointing upwards. The shark's mouth is gaping wide open to reveal two rows of shiny white pointed teeth. One small button-like ...

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Mintons 'The seasons' tiles by John Moyr Smith, c1878-85

This is a group of eight earthenware tiles designed by John Moyr Smith in about 1878 and made by Mintons China Works, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, about 1885. The square tiles, each measuring 15.2 cm x 1.0 cm, are transfer-printed with a decoration in four colours (grey, pale yellow, brown and olive green) and ...