• Artist
    Joseph Backler (English b.1813, arr.Australia 1832, d.1895)
  • Title
    Alexander Sinclair
  • Date of Production
  • Medium
    oi on canvas
  • Dimensions
    91.5 x 71.5 cm
  • Credit Details
    Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation

Friday, April 11, 2014 - Sunday, July 27, 2014, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Potter, Mars, Selkirk and Timken Galleries
Admission: Adult $15, Concession $10, Gallery Member $7.50, Child (U16) Free


This Sunday at the Gallery, 11am to 3pm, we have organized some children's activities where you can design your own tartan using a variety of threads and basic weaving techniques. Children work with local artists to turn their fabric into a Scottish mini figure using a supplied wooden stand, craft materials and paper sculpture techniques.  Bookings not necessary - just come along.  Exhibition entry applies to adults, but children enter the exhibition free.

Celebrate the role played by Scots in the development of the Australian nation from the First Fleet to Federation, by coming to Ballarat to experience For Auld Lang Syne.

This  large and complex art exhibition that brings together artworks and objects from across the country and beyond will celebrate the unique contribution of Scots to the development of the cultural, social and political life of this nation during its formative years.

This ground breaking project will present a fresh perspective on Australian history by highlighting the impact of a particular segment of society - the Scots - and their successful establishment of economic and cultural networks. 

By drawing together the extraordinary story of Scottish Australia through rich visual heritage in all its forms, including objects and artworks from national, state and regional collections and from private collectors, the exhibition will contribute to Australia's understanding of its cultural inheritance.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue which will include essays by leading scholars on aspects of the Scottish presence in Australia. 

There will also be a comprehensive schedule of public and education programs.

The exhibition is curated by Dr Alison Inglis, Associate Professor, Art History Program, University of Melbourne and Patricia Tryon Macdonald, curator, Exiles and Emigrants: Epic Journeys to Australia in the Victorian Era, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2005-2006).

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A guided tour of For Auld Lang Syne is available each day at 11.30am, exclusively for ticket holders, departing from the ticket desk at the entrance to the exhibition.