at Queenscliff Town Hall

Patrick McCaughey in Queenscliff

Patrick McCaughey has spent much of his life in art museums. He has been director of the National Gallery of Victoria and art critic of the Age. Who better to take you on a tour of Australian art?

In this lecture, McCaughey focuses on the original – and the moments when Australian art has been marked by a particular individuality. He explores the revival of Indigenous art in the 1970s, and the impact it had on changing the Australian consciousness. He discusses the discovery of the Australian landscape as an intimate environment to be lived and worked in. And he argues that three major women artists were crucial to the coming of the Modern in Australia: Grace Cossington-Smith, Margaret Preston and Clarice Beckett.

Join this Australian icon for a very special lecture on what has made Australian art distinctive and original, from John Glover to the present.


Portrait of Patrick McCaughey

Patrick McCaughey

Patrick McCaughey was art critic of the Age and professor of visual arts at Monash, 1974-1981. Thereafter he spent his life in art museums: as director of the National Gallery of Victoria, the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, Ct. and the Yale Center for British Art. He lives in Connecticut and writes.


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