The Lady & the Unicorn

A few days ago we gave ourselves a real treat; visited the Art Gallery of NSW to see the Lady & the Unicorn tapestries & to make a good day even better , stopped in to see the exhibition of Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design put on by ATASDA at the Palm House in the Botanical Gardens. This stunning display was a real showcase of colour & talent, covering scarves, jewellery, hats, wall hangings, hand bags & more. Sadly, this exhibition is finished, but…………..there will be another, called ‘Creative Spaces’ Craft & Quilt fair, on at the Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre, from Wednesday 20th. to Sunday 24th. of June. Do go, you’ll love it!

Now, back to the main item; The Lady & The Unicorn. This is a once in a lifetime exhibition, as they have been away from France since their re-discovery in 1841. Originally created around 1500, the six tapestries have survived being rolled up & presumably left to rot in a small castle in central France; only to be recognised as exceptional in both originality & quality by the Inspector General of Historic Monuments. They were restored to their present beautiful condition & may now be seen in custom built surroundings in the Gallery.

Really. these priceless examples of amazing quality & colour should not be missed. It is highly unlikely that we will see them again.

I should note that photography is allowed (without flash!), for personal use only. You can get to within a couple of feet of the tapestries to inspect the detail, which is just fabulous!

The exhibition runs until 24th June & further details may be seen on the Gallery website –

The Milk Factory, Bowral.

While we were on the Southern Highlands there was another favourite place to visit: The Milk Factory in Bowral. Located on the by-pass, at 33 Station Street, there is always something to see & this time was no exception. The Summer Exhibition is on show in the largest gallery, featuring a variety of works including landscapes & contemporary work as well as photography. There are four separate galleries here &  the exhibition called ‘Natural Selection’ displays embroidered sculptures, hand cut paper art and felted art by three artists; Meredith Woolnough, Lisa Rodden & Rae Woolnough. Such intricate, colourful, delicate work. Adjacent to this display is another exhibition called ‘Contours’ featuring delicate tracery on beautiful blended colours with a mix of sea, forest & sunset themes, So clever you want to talk to the artist to find out how it was all done! There’s lots more to see here including ceramics, glass & photographic work.  A lovely way to spend a day; two hours easy driving on the M2 and M7, lunch at Lake Alexandra in Mittagong, coffee & conversation with friends.

Gosford Regional Gallery; Drysdale & Whitely Exhibition

As noted in my earlier ‘Out & About’ posting, the current exhibition at Gosford is well worth visiting. An absolutely superb selection of paintings by Russell Drysdale & Brett Whitely is on show until 4 February We went yesterday & enjoyed every minute & every piece. With excellent space & lighting Drysdale’s works just leap off the walls, drawing you in to a whirl of colour. Whiteley’s work is different; unique, quirky. engaging & his collages so very clever. These artists complement each other beautifully & the exhibition should not be missed.