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Join us in the gallery for an exclusive viewing of a Sidney Nolan painting from 1943 which has not been accessible in public until now.

This painting is from his Wimmera series of works and is unique in that it is a two sided painting. During the event we will reveal the flip side of the painting.

Local art historian Deborah Clark will be joining us to discuss Nolan’s Wimmera period. Deborah Clark is an independent art historian who has worked as a curator, editor, writer and teacher, and has been an active member of the Canberra arts community for 30 years. Most recently she was Senior Curator of Visual Arts at the Canberra Museum and Gallery from 2007-18, where she curated a number of major exhibitions including Elioth Gruner: the texture of light (2014), Michael Taylor: a survey 1963-2016 (2016), Imitation of life: memory and mimicry in Canberra region art (2011), Ruth Waller: a 30 year survey (2010) and Something in the air: collage and assemblage in Canberra region art (2010, with Mark Van Veen).

Prior to CMAG Deborah served as Editor of the national journal Art Monthly Australia 2002-07, and was a curator in Australian art at the National Gallery of Australia 1995-2000. She has published widely in journals, books and exhibition catalogues and served on the boards of a number of arts organisations including the Canberra Contemporary Art Space and the Capital Arts Patrons Organisation. Deborah has an enduring interest in the art, architecture and urban fabric of Canberra. She is currently Curatorial Adviser to the Forest Sculpture gallery, National Arboretum Canberra.

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