Tom Roberts Shearing the rams 1890 (detail). Oil on canvas on composition board, 122.4 x 183.3 cm; 170 x 230.4 x 9.5 cm (framed). National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Felton Bequest, 1932.
ArtBubs is a great way for parents with bubs to get together for a mid-week art outing.
Join our Gallery Guide and other parents for a tour of Tom Roberts' Shearing the rams display, followed by coffee, cake, and lively conversation.
Prams/baby carriers and babies up to one year old welcome! Baby change facilities available.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
AGWA is home for the next few months to one of Australia’s iconic colonial-era paintings. Tom Roberts’ Shearing the rams on loan from the National Gallery of Victoria until late July, in return for the loan of one of AGWA’s much-loved paintings, Droving into the light, which features in the NGV exhibition Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art.
Shearing the rams hangs alongside AGWA’s own Down on his luck by Frederick McCubbin, and gives you a rare opportunity to see these two great nationalistic narrative paintings side-by-side. Both works take rural subject matter as the starting point for their images of Australian identity, but Roberts presents a positive vision of the pastoral industry, far removed from McCubbin’s image of a struggling pioneer.