About the Exhibition: Blanche Violet Maher: Landscapes and Portraits 1894 – 1920
Blanche Violet Maher was born in 1872 on a sheep station in Merriwa, NSW. The eldest of nine children she showed great talent in drawing and painting, and at the age of 20 became fascinated with photography – convincing her father to buy her a camera at age 21. Blanche, a petite woman, became known for stoically lugging this bulky piece of equipment around the farm, as she sought to capture her world. Her wet and dry collodion plate photographs document daily life on the property in a series of charming vignettes of landscapes, social scenes and portraits.
This is the first time her work has been exhibited. Accompanying her photographs are excerpts from her notebook – an amalgam of recipes, methodologies and formulas for cuisine, craft and collodion plates alike. Shown together, a testament to an inventive, curious, and pioneering woman is formed.
Blanche Violet Maher: Landscapes and Portraits 1894 – 1920 will be on view at the Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf from 6-17 March 2024.
About the Panel Discussion
Join exhibition curator Julia Booth along with Margot Riley (Curator, State Library of NSW), Warren Macris (fine art printer, High Res Digital), and Sammy Hawker (photographer and current Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf Artist in Residence) for a discussion on experimental photography from the late 19th century to the present day.
Afternoon tea will be served including biscuits made from Blanche Violet Maher’s original recipes.
Date | Saturday 9 March, 3-4pm
Cost | Free
Transport and parking | The Gallery can be reached via public transport (buses 324, 325 or 326, or walk from Edgecliff Station or Double Bay Wharf). Limited public parking, including two disability parking spaces, is available at the Council Chambers (536 New South Head Rd, Double Bay NSW 2028) but additional parking is available in nearby streets. There is a public car park located at Cross Street, Double Bay. If you are arriving via UBER or TAXI please request a drop-off or collection at the Council Chambers.
Photography and filming | We may capture moments of this event through film or photography. Please let staff know if you prefer not to be included.
Image credit | Photograph by Blanche Violet Maher