Margaret Carnegie: Collector & Patron

Margaret Carnegie Gallery: 4 September - 8 November 2009

Margaret Carnegie
Margaret Carnegie: Collector & Patron on display in the Margaret Carnegie Gallery, 2009

Margaret Carnegie AO OAM (1910-2002) was a renaissance woman of many talents: a visionary art collector, an historian and reasearcher, an advocate for Aboriginal rights, a wife and mother. The exhibition Margaret Carnegie: Collector & Patron acknowledges and honours the contributions made by Margaret Carnegie to Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and the community of the Riverina.

Margaret Carnegie is still an abiding presence at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. There is a gallery space named in her honour, and the Gallery's collection of Australian prints is also titled the Margaret Carnegie Print Collection. Mrs Carnegie donated a number of prints by major Australian artists to the Gallery in 1980 and established a Trust Fund from which prints could be purchased for the Collection on an annual basis. Today, the Collection has grown to include over 1400 works.

Melbourne born, and a resident of Holbrook for some forty years, Margaret Carnegie was a patron of the arts through her donations of artworks and funds to institutions across the country, and through her own collections of moder and Indigenous Australian art. Margaret Carnegie: Collector & Patron features prints, portraits, photographs, memorabilia and books written by Mrs Carnegie, as well as photographs of 'Kildrummie', the Carnegies' Holbrook property. These items are drawn from the collections of Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and Charles Sturt University, along with many pieces lent by the Carnegie family, whose support for this exhibition is gratefully acknowledged by the Gallery.


Margaret Carnegie  
Margaret Carnegie AO OAM (1910-2002) - courtesy of the Carnegie Family


When:     Friday 4 September 2009
Where:   Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Cost:        Free!

Morning Tea

Jane Carnegie shares memories of her mother and her family, and their home at 'Kildrummie'.
When:     Saturday 7 November 2009, 11:00am
Where:    In the Margaret Carnegie Gallery, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Cost:       Free!
Morning tea will be provided.


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