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AGWA's annual program dedicated to displaying the work of Western Australian artists, WA Focus showcases recent and new work by local artists, selected to represent a mix of gender, experience and medium.

Helen Grey-Smith Set of curtains, designed for

 

AGWA Curator Melissa Harpley

  HELEN GREY–Smith

  10 December 2016 – 19 March 2017 | FREE

  WESTERN AUSTRALIAN

  CURATED BY MELISSA HARPLEY,

  HISTORICAL + MODERN ART

 

Centenary celebration of a remarkable mid-century textile designer

Helen Grey-Smith had a long career in Western Australia as a textile designer, painter and maker of collages. Ceaselessly inspired by the physical world around her, Grey-Smith’s subject matter reflected her deep
engagement with the landscape and flora of WA, and her fascination with the Asian culture of our region.

Helen Grey-Smith Textile sample (Wundowie) 1955-1965    helen Grey-Smith Textile sample (Pilbara) 1955-1965

On display are textiles including full-length curtains, Grey-Smith's design for a Perth scarf detailing iconic landmarks, and fabric samples – as well as later works. Presented alongside a number of design objects from WA artists of the same period, the exhibition provides an insight into domestic interiors of the era and an overview of Helen Grey-Smith's practice.

In conversation | FREE

2-3pm, Sun 11 Dec

Join AGWA Curator Melissa Harpley and Gwen Phillips, author of a new book on Helen Grey-Smith, by UWA Publishing. In celebration of the new WA Focus: Helen Grey-Smith display they will discuss the life and work of this remarkable mid-century artist.

Gwen will be signing her new publication, which will be available to purchase at the AGWA Shop. If you purchase a copy on the day (Sun 11 Dec) you will receive 10% discount off the RRP of $55.

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Helen Grey-Smith

Set of curtains designed for "Meerilinga" c 1962 (detail)
Silkscreen print on cotton, backing and lining
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Gift of Meerilinga Young Children's Foundation Inc., Perth, 1990

Helen Grey-Smith
Textile sample (Wundowie) 1955-1965
silkscreen print on cotton and linen
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1997


Helen Grey-Smith
Textile sample (Pilbara) 1955-1965
silkscreen print on cotton and linen
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1997




 

 


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