Excursion to Australian Galleries

Yesterday was a great day in Melbourne. I’m not just talking about the weather. You see, yesterday I took my delightful Cert IV students to visit the Australian Galleries in Collingwood. After meeting at La Niche French Cafe on Smith street were spent over an hour examining the various rooms and spaces at the gallery. Australian Galleries was opened in 1956 by Anne and Tam Purves and joined later by their son Stuart. With over sixty years of service to the arts, the gallery has enjoyed the privilege of promoting and encouraging a leading selection of modern and contemporary Australian artists.

One of the highlights of the visit was when Stuart introduced himself and gave us an impromptu history lesson about this famous gallery. Wearing his trademark red shoes he looked very smart. In fact, he even talked about the artist Jeffrey Smart.

Later, when we walked across the road to the Stock Room we were greeted by Stuart’s sister Caroline who also took time out of her busy schedule to say hello to the students and explain ‘how the stock room’ operates.

Overall, I think we all had a very good time.
It was a lovely way to end Term 3 for the students (and me).

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