Kim Chapman reflects on the recent friends of the Drill Hall Gallery trip to Melbourne
Last weekend a group of friends of the Drill Hall Gallery gathered in Melbourne
and were treated to a weekend of great art and conviviality. It was a lot of fun.
Does this sound like a perfect weekend?
• A special experience of Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court Museo del Prado Madrid at the NGV guided by Terence Maloon. For two and half hours Terence moved from painting to painting giving us precise historical, political and technical insights leaving us with an appreciation of the paintings and their significance which we could not otherwise have.
• Great food in a great space at the Persimmon Restaurant in the NGV for lunch.
• A tour of the William Blake exhibition at the NGV guided by the wonderfully enthusiastic and knowledgeable Jeanette Brand.
• A visit to Lyon Housemuseum in Kew which combines a collection of exciting contemporary Australian art with equally exciting contemporary Australian architecture in one of the world’s top 10 ranked house museums.
• Finally, a private viewing of David Stephenson’s latest photographs in his Light Cities project at the John Buckley Gallery in Richmond. These were stunning and interestingly had a direct connection back to some of the paintings in the Prado exhibition.
All of this in the company of good Friends. Thank you Terence, Jeanette and Friends for a memorable weekend.