Book Launch: Art for the Country

event date: 
Saturday, 8 June 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

This event is FREE, bookings not required.

Dr Don Edgar’s Art for the Country: The story of Victoria’s regional art galleries explores the social history of community conflict over the value and meaning of art in country towns. From the early ‘provincial’ galleries of Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Warrnambool, the book follows the journey of these galleries from colonial times to now. The author will introduce the book, followed by a discussion with local historians Janet Macdonald and Elizabeth O’Callaghan, covering the rich histories and current challenges facing our beloved regional institutions. We will have copies of Art for the Country available for sale on the day.

Janet Macdonald

Janet is a generous volunteer who contributes to the richness of the social and cultural tapestry of Warrnambool through her leadership roles in important community groups incliding: Warrnambool & District Historical Society Friends of the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens, Warrnambool Art Gallery Foundation, Friends of the Warrnambool Art Gallery. Janet is Warrnambool City Council's Australia Day citizen of the year, 2019

Elizabeth O'Callaghan

Elizabeth taught in primary and secondary schools throughout Victoria and in England and has a school library named in her honour. Upon retiring from her position as principal of Derrinallum Secondary College Elizabeth moved to Warrnambool and settled into the business of documenting the history of the district. A prodigious and productive researcher, Elizabeth is the author of five books including The Great Warrnambool Exhibition, Leading Lights and copious booklets on interesting topics. 'Silent Lives: Women of Warrnambool and District 1840-1910 ' is the fiftieth publication she has written on aspects of Warrnambool’s history. A Life Member of Warrnambool and District Historical Society, Elizabeth has been involved in all aspects of the society’s operation. She has an extensive knowledge of the collection and of the significant people, places and events in the history of the area. 

Image: Courtesy of Mildura Art Centre.