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Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

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MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

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Telling Tales

02 Jun - 09 Oct

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Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

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ARTBAR September 2016

30 Sep, 7.00pm, MCA

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Women of Fairfield

07 Oct, 6.00pm

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Please Touch: Tactile Tours for Families

Artist Educator, Brook Morgan gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the development of this new program for families. more

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James Vaughan speaks to Australian arts critic and audiovisual artist Adrian Martin about the month of contemporary Portuguese cinema he has guest curated for the MCA more

Most Memorable: Young Ambassador art adventures

Founding and new members of our Young Ambassador program share their fondest event memories more

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Rosalie Gascoigne

Born 1917, Auckland, New Zealand. Lived and worked Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. Died 1999, Canberra.


Rosalie Gascoigne was born in New Zealand and arrived in the Monaro/Canberra region in 1943. She spent the rest of her life there. Gascoigne is best known for her distinctive and poetic assemblages of mostly found materials: wood, iron, wire, feathers, and yellow and orange retro-reflective road signs, which flash and glow in the light. She brought these items from everyday life into new frames of reference, often finding beauty in overlooked things that had been discarded and left to weather.

Some of her other best-known works use faded, once-bright drinks crates, thinly-sliced yellow Schweppes boxes, ragged domestic items such as torn floral lino and patchy enamelware, and vernacular building materials such as galvanised tin, corrugated iron and masonite. These objects represent, rather than accurately depict, elements of the world around her: the landscape around her home in Canberra and the materials and textures of rural life. Text is another important element of Gascoigne’s work; she would cut up and rearrange the faded lettering found on these items to create abstract yet evocative grids of letters and word fragments. In later years both colour and text seemed to fade from her work, and she began to create meditative, elegiac compositions of white or earth-brown panels.

Gascoigne came to art late in life. Holding her first exhibition in 1974 at age 57, her career spanned 25 years, during which time her work was exhibited widely both in Australia and internationally until her death in 1999. In 1978 Gascoigne was the subject of a major survey exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and four years after that she was chosen to represent Australia at the 1982 Venice Biennale. Her works are held in most public collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; New Parliament House, Canberra; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; National Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. A major retrospective of Gascoigne’s work was exhibited at the Wellington City Gallery in 2004. She was awarded an Order of Australia in 1994 for her services to art. A monograph, Rosalie Gascoigne was published in 1998.

Works by Rosalie Gascoigne

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