What: Arts writer, author, publisher and gallery director Susan McCulloch OAM has been appointed Honorary Patron of Friends of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.
Her late father Dr Alan McCulloch AO was the foundation director of the MPRG and one of Australia’s most influential art critics and authors of the 20th century. He was the first author of McCulloch’s Encyclopaedia of Australian Art whose 3rd and 4th editions Susan has co-authored and published with her daughter Emily.
Susan McCulloch has a lifetime’s experience in the Australian visual arts, The McCulloch family’s close artistic connections to the Mornington Peninsula span more than 8 decades since founding MPRG director Alan McCulloch, his brother Wilfred McCulloch, Arthur Boyd and others established an artists’ camp near Cape Schanck in the 1930s. Twenty years later, Alan & Ellen McCulloch purchased the 1870s cottage Whistlewood at Shoreham as a family home. With a studio built by Arthur Boyd, in the ensuing decades Whistlewood has hosted some of the most famous names in the Australian and international arts world.
It is fitting that Susan, their daughter, who is based in the artistically significant family home Whistlewood, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula will be the FMPRG’s first lecturer in February 2014. She will explore Whistlewood’s rich artistic history through rare early photographs of artists, places and the art they produced.
Susan will present at talk titled ‘Whistlewood and the McCulloch Circle of Artists on the Mornington Peninsula, 1930s until today’.
When: Monday 24 February 2014, 10.30 am for morning tea, 11 am – 12 noon for talk.
Cost: Members $5 Non-Members $7 and includes a Door Prize
Where: MPRG, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road Mornington , no booking required
For further Information: Marian Vickery, Vice President Friends of the Mornington Peninsula Gallery 0418424345