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Special Performance & Night Talk: the Scott Sisters & the art of Ash Island
Thu. 25 May 2017, 5:45 pm – 8:00 pm AEST
Date: Thursday 25 May 2017
Time: 5:45pm for access to Transformations: the art of the Scott Sisters; 6:30pm performance and talk
Cost: $16 AM Members, $20 General Admission, $18 Concession (includes welcome drink on arrival)
PLEASE NOTE THAT ENTRY FOR THIS EVENT IS VIA THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM BUSINESS ENTRANCE ON WILLIAM STREET
Join us for the next instalment in our fascinating two-part presentations inspired by the work of Harriet and Helena Scott.
First, watch acclaimed actresses Megan Drury and Lucy Goleby bring Harriet and Helena Scott to life in the short, performed reading Through their eyes. Drawn from the Scott sisters’ own correspondences and accompanied live by musician Emma Rayner, this theatrical presentation reveals the sisters’ eccentric adolescence on Ash Island, their extraordinary scientific achievements and their sometimes wonderful, sometimes tragic lives.
Following this, stay for a night talk about the unique role Ash Island has played in the creative minds of artists from the Scott Sisters through to the present day.
Belinda Howden curated the 2014 exhibition The Art of Ash Island, engaging four contemporary artists to respond to the site and to the lives of the Scott Sisters in their own work. The exhibition, featuring photography, drawings, installation and paper cuts, explored the pre- and post-colonial occupation of the island, the legacy of the Scott sisters and Ash Island as a cultural site.
Artist Cherie Johnson’s work offers an insight into the untold stories of Ash Island. Cherie will discuss the obligation she felt as an indigenous artist to investigate the Aboriginal living memory of Ash Island, and her artistic interrogation of it from an alternative, non-colonial perspective.
Belinda and Cherie will be introduced by the Australian Museum’s Vanessa Finney, Exhibition Producer of Transformations: the art of the Scott Sisters and Manager of the Museum’s archives and rare book collection.
Exhibition open from 5:45pm, presentation begins at 6:30pm.
Tickets include a free drink on arrival.
Image: (c) Australian Museum