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.

Out and about at other galleries

Gosford Regional Gallery

Really worth getting out and about to see the latest exhibition at Gosford Regional Gallery. Running from 9 December to 4 February is a superb display of the works of Russell Drysdale and Brett Whiteley. Featuring paintings, drawings, photographs and more this will cover a wide range from Drysdale’s studio at Bouddi Farm to Whiteley’s urban landscapes and people. Not to be missed.

Situated at East Gosford (36 Webb St) the gallery is open daily from 10am to 4pm and offers not only a superb gallery space but the Edogawa Commemorative Gardens and an adjacent cafe and gift shop. A pleasant drive on the M1 will get you there in about 35 minutes from Hornsby. There’s plenty of parking and easy, level access. A modest entry fee applies ($7.50/$5.00).

Further details of this and future exhibitions at Gosford can be found on the website: